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Book Review: 'American Innovations'

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Alan Cheuse reviews American Innovations, a new collection of short stories by Rivka Galchen.

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Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange Walk Into An Elevator ...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:47pm

Video of a fight between the rapper and his sister-in-law surfaced this week, and many of us watched, pointed and laughed. But, is it any of our business, really?

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Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:50am

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how much of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.

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Jay Z Has Another Problem To Add To His 99

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:33am

Social media is still buzzing about the video of Beyonce's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z while leaving a party. But is it any of our business? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

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An Interview With The Alleged Purse Of Solange Knowles

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:19am

We continue our series of fever-dream interviews with inanimate objects by chatting with the purse the woman who appears to be Solange Knowles is carrying in the internet's current favorite video.

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Home Is Where You Hang Your Apron

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:40am

Whether it's across town or across the ocean, moving is unsettling. But re-creating a meaningful meal — one that connects us to childhood, traditions or travels — can make us feel at home anywhere.

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Book News: Was A Belgian Policeman The Real-Life Hercule Poirot?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:32am

Also: Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1863 letter of recommendation for a job-seeking Walt Whitman; an interview with Peggy McIntosh, who wrote about "white privilege."

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'The Memory Garden' Grows With Grace And Tenderness

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:03am

Mary Rickert's new magical realist novel stars women often pushed to the edges of narrative: the elderly. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a lovely, uplifting book of friendship, sadness, and healing.

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How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:41am

Funny Or Die, a site founded by comedians including Will Ferrell, is finding ways to channel the loose comedy of the Internet into projects both online and on television.

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Oscar-Winning Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies At 36

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:46pm

Swede Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, won a Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2013. He died in Stockholm.

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'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:02pm

In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.

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Beef From Brazil Could Lower Prices, But American Ranchers Are Wary

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:05pm

The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. Imports could lower beef prices, but the deal has American ranchers worried.

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Little Stories That Delight Like The Best Sleight Of Hand

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:05pm

Reading a story by Lydia Davis is like watching a magic trick: She shows you a top hat that's obviously empty, and then she pulls out of it something enormous and oddly shaped.

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A First Glimpse: Sometimes You're The Batmobile, Sometimes You're The Bat

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:57pm

Zack Snyder has tweeted the first look at the big (really big) guy in the dark (really dark) suit.

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Thanks To H.R. Giger, For All The Sleepless Nights

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:26am

Chris Klimek remembers science fiction designer H.R. Giger, who kept him sleeping with the lights on for many nights after producing some of the indelible and terrifying imagery of Alien.

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Artist H.R. Giger, Creator Of Surreal Biomechanics, Dies

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:10am

You might not know the name, but you probably know the work: H.R. Giger created some of the most powerfully creepy visuals in Hollywood's history for 1979's sci-fi film Alien.

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Book News: Each Page Of 'A Drinkable Book' Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:03am

A "Drinkable Book" can be used to treat drinking water. Also: a new book claims to know the identity of the Zodiac Killer; why all books about Africa use the same cover image.

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Campy, Sweet Love Letters, Straight From The Kitten Basket

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:58am

Christopher Isherwood was in his 40's when he met the teenaged Don Bachardy. They spent the next three decades making up a tender storybook world, expressed in a new collection of their love letters.

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Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:02am

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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For Geithner, Financial Crisis Was Like Landing A Burning Plane

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:34pm

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received mixed reviews of his performance during the financial crisis. In his new book, he says he did what was required to "keep the lights on."

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