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Fierce, Spiky 'Friday Black' Packs A Big Punch

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:00pm

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's intellectually hefty debut works through ideas about racism, about classism and capitalism, about the apocalypse, and, most of all, about the corrosive power of belief.

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'Glimmer Of Hope' Provides A Blueprint For Launching Social Change

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 8:40am

With a new collection of essays, the 25 founders of March For Our Lives return the subject of the Parkland shooting and gun violence to national consciousness just in time for midterms elections.

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A.I. Produced 'Portrait' Will Go Up For Auction At Christie's

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 9:08pm

The print, called Edmond de Belamy, is a blurry depiction of what could be a "a man of the church" floating within a gilt frame. In place of the artist's signature is a math equation.

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This Portrait Is Reminiscent Of A Rembrandt But Artificial Intelligence Created It

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 5:02pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with art appraiser Erin-Marie Wallace about how a piece of art that was created by an algorithm, but looks like a Rembrandt can be appraised.

Take Thrilling Comfort In 'Bodyguard,' Where The Malfeasance Is Just Fiction

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 1:21pm

A new BBC/Netflix series about terrorism and political chicanery delivers plenty of thrills — but ultimately lacks seriousness. Critic John Powers says Bodyguard is "awash in a timely cynicism."

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'Pleasant' Doesn't Interest Melissa McCarthy: 'Who Wants To Watch That?'

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:47pm

McCarthy likes to take on "three-dimensional, flawed" characters. Otherwise, she says, "there's nothing to sink your teeth into." She stars as a caustic literary forger in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Of 'Veep,' 'Seinfeld' Fame, Receives Mark Twain Prize

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 4:04am

Comic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday night.

Futuristic Dreams Turn To Nightmare In 'Electric State'

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 9:00am

In his latest book, Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag uses his ghostly photorealism to create an alternate America overcome by an addiction to technology, by drought, by war and loss and loneliness.

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In 'She Wants It,' Jill Soloway Gets Transparent About Their Life And Work

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 7:12am

The creator of the hit show about a trans woman and her family says patriarchy and white supremacy have a hold on storytelling in Hollywood — and other people want a chance to speak.

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Barbara Kingsolver Captures The Feeling Of Being 'Unsheltered'

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 6:00am

Kingsolver's new novel opens with a family suffering a slew of disappointments — job losses, aging parents and kids returning home — then jumps back in time to draw subtle parallels with the past.

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'The Hate U Give' Star Says The Novel Was Like 'Reading My Own Diary'

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 4:26pm

Like protagonist Starr Carter, Amandla Stenberg grew up in a black neighborhood, but attended an overwhelmingly white school. She stars in the adaptation of the novel about a fatal police shooting.

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Prejudice Complicates The Course Of Love In 'A Very Large Expanse Of Sea'

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 9:00am

Tahereh Mafi's new novel follows a young Muslim teenager in the years just after 9/11, and what happens when a popular boy in her class falls for her — will she choose love, or self-preservation?

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She's Mom To A Headstrong Teen — Who Happens To Be Joan Of Arc

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 7:12am

In Mother of the Maid, Glenn Close returns to the New York stage to portray a 15th-century peasant woman with a remarkable adolescent daughter she loves — and can't protect.

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A Great African Kingdom Tells Its History In Fabulous Royal Clothes

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:00am

An exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art finds political power in dizzying patterns from the Kuba Kingdom — located in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

(Image credit: Eliot Elisofon/Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art)

You Can 'Destroy All Monsters,' But You Can't Kill Rock And Roll

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:00am

Author and musician Jeff Jackson's new novel paints a nightmarish world where the debate over authenticity and selling out has lead to an epidemic of musicians being killed on stage, mid-performance.

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An Urban Ink Forager Explains How To Paint With All The Colors Of The Alley

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 6:00am

Concerned about keeping toxic art supplies around his kids, Jason Logan began making his own all-natural inks. He shares his process in a new book — and on a gathering expedition in Washington, D.C.

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This 'Halloween,' Jamie Lee Curtis Reckons With 40 Years Of Trauma

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:25pm

Michael Myers is back and, so is Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis was 19 when she starred in the original Halloween. This sequel ignores the others to focus on what has happened to Laurie since 1978.

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Father And Son Behind 'Beautiful Boy' Share Their Story Of Addiction And Recovery

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:33pm

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction. Their stories are now the basis of a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Originally broadcast in '08 and '13.

Nick Kroll: The Story Of The Toothpaste Wedgie

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:16am

Actor and comedian Nick Kroll talks about character comedy, lightly stalking elderly men, and his Netflix series, Big Mouth. Then, he plays a game about commercials turned into TV shows and movies.

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'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is A Rare Gem: A Sweet Film About A Mean Person

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:41am

A new film features Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy's entire career has been working toward this role.

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