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Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 5:27am

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:55am

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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The Amazing Mr. 'Please, Please, Please' Himself: James Brown

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:11pm

With a new biopic in theaters this weekend,'s Eugene S. Robinson revisits one of the greatest routines of the "Godfather of Soul."

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Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:03am

An outbreak of Ebola has hit Western Africa, killing hundreds. Writer Michael Schaub recommends The Plague by Albert Camus, a novel he hasn't been able to stop thinking about since the outbreak began.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Novelist Amy Tan On Tanning Techniques

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:58am

Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, and most recently, The Valley of Amazement. We'll ask her three questions about just how far people will go to achieve that golden bronze look.

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In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:29am

In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of a "grand and terrible" 19th century expedition into uncharted Arctic waters. Of the 33 men who set out, only 13 made it home after a truly harrowing voyage.

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Syrian Conflict Isn't Just A Civil War, But 'A War On Childhood'

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:29am

A new BBC documentary tells the stories of six young Syrians from different sides of the war: among them, one who learns the names of bombs, not how to read; another who didn't eat bread for a year.

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James Shigeta 'Led The Way' For Asian-American Lovers On Screen

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 6:56am

The actor broke barriers as one of Hollywood's first Asian-American romantic leads. Born in Hawaii, he died this week at the age of 85.

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Gorgeous 'Graveyard Book' Is A Group Effort

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 6:03am

Artist P. Craig Russell has gathered six colleagues who each bring unique talents for faces, color and lettering to a graphic adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2009 young adult novel, The Graveyard Book.

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WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:39pm

Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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Remembering Dick Smith, Hollywood's 'Godfather of Make-up'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:01pm

Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood's most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith's legendary career.

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No Forgiveness, But A Kind Of Cinematic Grace In 'Calvary'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:55pm

Critic Bob Mondello says Calvary, a darkly comic new film about a tough old Irish priest threatened with murder by an angry parishioner, is "bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure."

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How Cultures Move Across Continents

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:03pm

Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From San Diego Comic-Con

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:05am

Our live show from Comic-Con features a lively chat about fandoms and inclusivity, a blisteringly difficult quiz, and as always, what's making us happy this week.

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How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.

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What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.

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Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.

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What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

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Book News: 'Lost' Dr. Seuss Stories To Be Published

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:41am

Also: Hilton Als on Flannery O'Connor; Stephen Burt on poetry.

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