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'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:03am

Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.

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A Cool, Painstaking Account Of A Difficult Past In 'Fatherland'

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:03am

Nina Bunjevac tackles two troublesome subjects in Fatherland: Her Serbian nationalist father, and the occasionally violent, extremist history of his country, all in a controlled, icy cool style.

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How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:05pm

Producer Darren Bagert says there's boom or bust environment on Broadway — you're either a huge hit or you close quickly. Two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals are closing this month.

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Book Review: 'The Jaguar's Children' By John Vaillant

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant.

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An Uneven But Auspicious 'Nightly' Opener

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:57pm

Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show has a few things to iron out with its long panel segment, but his anchor-desk work is tops.

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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.

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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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'Whipping Boy' Is Part Memoir, Part Crime Thriller

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:03am

Allen Kurzweil's new book Whipping Boy starts out as the story of his obsessive 40-year search for the boy who bullied him at boarding school — but it becomes something much deeper and stranger.

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Exclusive First Read: Scott McCloud's 'The Sculptor'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:03am

Understanding Comics creator Scott McCloud is sometimes called the "Aristotle of comics" for his analysis of the medium. The Sculptor, a meditation on love, art and death, is his first graphic novel.

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Book Club: Hector Tobar Answers Your Questions About 'Deep Down Dark'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:17am

Tobar says it was a "great honor" to interview the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. They lived "one of great adventure stories of the 21st century," he says.

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Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:59pm

It's been more than four decades since Burton Malkiel published A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Eleven editions later, Malkiel hasn't wavered in his mantra of patience and broad investing.

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A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:09pm

Despite being long, convoluted and sometimes sleep-inducing, Swan Lake is a reliable ticket seller for dance companies. The version most often performed today premiered in Russia in 1895.

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In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:09pm

David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.

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Dark, Disturbing And Playful, 'Seventh Day' Takes On Modern China

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 6:03am

In Yu Hua's new novel, a recently dead man decides to attend his own funeral, and ends up wandering a strange sort of afterlife , full of characters whose stories reflect the troubles of modern China.

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Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' To Mimic Sunday Talk Shows

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:34am

The ex-Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show in late night TV. He doesn't plan on centering the show on race: he's aiming at Sunday morning political shows.

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A Tattooist And A Tweet Take A Band From Tiny Clubs To Tours

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:35pm

Fitz and the Tantrums' members clicked instantly, and won a famous fan early. But their rise also required an enormous amount of work — what the bandleader calls "success by a thousand paper cuts."

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A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:57pm

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his life and asks: Could a family's constant movement — four countries in four generations — contribute to a mother's struggle with mental illness?

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Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:57pm

A rare exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian explores the history of treaties between Native American nations and the U.S.

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'Fresh Off The Boat' Repackages The Asian-American Story For TV

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:20am

The TV show, based on Eddie Huang's memoir, retains some of the book's raw sensibility, but as he tells it, it's been a fight to keep his life's story from becoming a "cornstarch sitcom."

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Sunday Puzzle: S.V. You

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:40am

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name, with the initials S.V. For example, given "noted Idaho ski resort," you would say "Sun Valley."

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