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'Mountaineer' Is A Must-Read Of Soviet Sci-Fi

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:03am

Brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were at the heart of Soviet science fiction; reviewer Juan Vidal says The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is less edgy than some of their work, but still a must-read.

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A Watch Party For The 'Empire' Season Ender

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a fictional black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in Washington, D.C., takes in the show's season finale.

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Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.

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How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:27am

In The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.

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France Considers A Ban On Overly Skinny Models

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:35pm

Proposed legislation in France would criminalize the use of underweight models and ban online sites that glorify anorexia and other eating disorders.

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Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:10pm

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.

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Small Batch Edition: On Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:55pm

We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.

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'The Jinx' And The Challenges of Public Curiosity

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:24am

One of the lessons documentarians are learning is that the more people like your work, the more they ask questions about it.

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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:22am

Fox's hip-hop drama Empire ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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How Self-Improvement Became Self-Destruction On 'Diamond Mountain'

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:03am

Scott Carney's new book unpacks the complicated story of Ian Thorson, who died in the Arizona wilderness after becoming involved with an unorthodox Buddhist group led by a charismatic American monk.

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'The Mechanical' Will Make Your Clockwork Pulse Pound

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 6:03am

Ian Tregillis' new novel is the start of a series, set in an alternate 1926, that follows a robot's search for humanity against a backdrop of science, philosophy and a grand struggle between empires.

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25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:13am

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why robbers bothered to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:12am

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Cervantes' Remains Have Been Found In Madrid, Scientists Say

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:07pm

Almost 400 years after his death, researchers have found bone fragments that seem to match what they know about the celebrated author's burial.

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Tea Tuesdays: South America Runs On Yerba Mate

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:31pm

Legend has it the moon gifted this drink to the Guaraní people of South America. It was banned by the colonial government. The Jesuits made it their most profitable crop. Oh, and the pope drinks it.

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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

In Dan Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling — and partly fabricated — memoir.

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To Eat Authentically Irish This St. Patrick's Day, Go For The Butter

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:47pm

From 3,000-year-old peat bogs to 19th-century Brazil to modern foodies, the love of Irish butter has spread far. The secret to Ireland's deliciously rich, creamy butter is in its rolling green hills.

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Meet Chef Chane, Ethiopia's Version Of The Infamous 'Soup Nazi'

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:35am

Like the famously curt broth ladler on Seinfeld, Addis Ababa's Chef Chane is known for serving up both delectable cuisine and insults. He says he learned his vaunted culinary skills in royal kitchens.

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'Community': No Longer A Broadcast Show, But Still A Lovable Weirdo

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:21am

As a frequently embattled comedy moves from broadcast television to an online outlet, it remains its goofy self with a somewhat smaller cast.

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'Escape' Is A Searing Indictment Of Nation-Building

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 6:03am

Saad Hossain's new novel is a wild ride through war, tyranny and the supernatural, set in Baghdad during the U.S. invasion. Critic Daniel José Older praises the book's 'poetic and brutal precision.'

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