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Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:11pm

The Children Act by Ian McEwan is about a lawyer whose ruling decides the fate of a teenager in ways she can't imagine. It's written with McEwan's trademark gracefulness and control.

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A Foreshadowing Of Violence In A 1937 Middle East Travelogue

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:03pm

The Middle East, as portrayed in Robert Byron's The Road To Oxiana, is worlds away from the one we know. But author J.M. Ledgard says this flawed but fascinating book helps explain the region today.

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Not My Job: Loudon Wainwright III Gets Quizzed On Other Thirds

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:47pm

We invite the famed folk singer to answer three questions about other notable thirds: King Richard III, Albert Gore III and psychologist Russell D. Clark III.

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The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:17pm

According to a new study, cutting back on carbs can lead to weight loss. Dana Goodyear and Jason Sheehan explore how to eat enjoyably, by recommending Tartine Bread and The Gastronomical Me.

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So, Are You Working On Your Novel? Or Tweeting About Your Novel?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:46am

"Working on my novel" is a favorite phrase on Twitter, used by writers who are diligently — or not so diligently — toiling away. Artist Cory Arcangel has collected some of these tweets into a book.

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What Does Animal Madness Teach Us About Our Own?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:15am

From compulsive bears to self-destructive rats, science historian Laurel Braitman studies animals with mental health issues and asks what we can learn from them.

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Do Animals Have Morals?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:15am

Empathy, cooperation, and fairness seem like distinctly human traits. But Frans de Waal explains why other animals might share those same qualities.

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What Do Our Dogs Really Think? A Poetic Possibility

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:15am

What do our dogs think when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner life of a former canine companion.

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Are We Training Dogs All Wrong?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:15am

Animal trainer Ian Dunbar says we need to see the world through the eyes of our dogs if we want to really communicate with them.

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Why Do We Care About Some Animals More Than Others?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:15am

Writer Jon Mooallem tells the story of the teddy bear, and considers how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.

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'Kelly And Cal' Alters A Familiar Premise But Walks A Worn Path

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:03am

The story of a new mother struggling with the loss of her youth tries to reverse cliches about the maturation of childish men. But that effort struggles under the weight of other standard elements.

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In 'Rocks In My Pockets,' A Family History Of Depression And Art

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:03am

The animated documentary follows filmmaker Signe Baumane's family as she traces its history of women gifted in art but troubled by depression and psychosis.

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The Music Of Memphis And Glasgow Plays In Two New Films

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:03am

Belle & Sebastian songwriter Stuart Murdoch imbues God Help The Girl with his band's sensibility, for good and ill. Tim Sutton's Memphis brings an elegant portrait of a wandering soul singer.

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Toronto, Day 1: David Cronenberg, Drumming, 'The Judge' And Serendipity

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 7:25am

On the first day of the Toronto International Film Festival, the lesson came through loud and clear: sometimes, it's the ones you don't expect.

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Book News: Catton, McBride Featured On Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:10am

Also: finalists for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; the history of creativity.

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Where Have All The Poets Gone?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:03am

Critic Juan Vidal recalls the power of protest poetry in days past, and wonders why poets no longer seem to be on the front lines of outrage. Have they stopped speaking, or have we stopped listening?

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Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:38am

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.

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A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:31am

In Gabriel, Edward Hirsch delivers a 78-page elegy to his son. He says turning his memories into poetry "gave me something to do with my grief."

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Lev Grossman Catches Arcade Fever

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:28pm

The author of the fantasy trilogy The Magicians talks about mentorship and Harry Potter. Then, he trades his magical keyboard for an Atari Centipede trackball in a game all about classic video games.

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Bachelor Of Yarrts

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:28pm

Our Ask Me Another linguistic team figured out how to sound like a pirate: simply put a "Y" in front of words that starts with "A-R." Yarr! How many buccaneer words can you guess?

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