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In Love And On The Spectrum: 'Dina'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:00pm

The documentary follows a man and woman on the autism spectrum as they negotiate love — and sex.

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In 'Manhattan Beach,' Jennifer Egan Dives Deep Into WWII New York City

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

Egan began researching her new novel years before she published A Visit From The Goon Squad. It follows a girl who becomes the Brooklyn Navy Yard's first female deep-sea diver during World War II.

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Review: 'Blade Runner 2049' Will Satisfy Fans As It Expands On Original

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says in some respects, Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel, surpasses the original.

Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. After the past two years, in which the Swedish academy honored a Russian journalist and a certain American songwriter, it marks a return to literary fiction.

Don't Expect To Have Your Mind Blown By 'Blade Runner 2049'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:36pm

Thirty-five years after the first Blade Runner premiered, Ryan Gosling stars in its sequel. Critic David Edelstein says the new film, though absorbing, is ultimately "just OK."

'Dunbar' Is A Moving, Brutal And Apt Update Of 'King Lear'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 9:00am

For centuries, Shakespeare's tragedy was too painful for audiences; it was performed with an altered happy ending. But Edward St. Aubyn has never flinched at inflicting pain on his readers.

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Donuts And Apple Cider: An Autumn Marriage Made By Autos And Automation

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 6:00am

For many people, it's just not Fall without this tasty combo. And when the first cars hit the roads, farm stands began selling the drink along with a fried treat made by a new machine.

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The Story Of 'Manhattan Beach' Lives In Its Details

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 6:00am

Jennifer Egan's new novel, set in New York in the 1930s and 1940s, is full of deeply researched period detail and rich, memorable characters — though their motivations don't always add up.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 5:48am

Kazuo Ishiguro was five when his family moved from Japan to Britain; he has said that as a kid, he used TV Westerns — like Bonanza and Wagon Train -- to help him learn English.

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A New Musical — And Its Audience — Grapple With Asian Identity, Through K-Pop

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 5:00am

The show's plot and very existence provokes larger questions around race, representation and casting.

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We Are What We Wear: Exhibition Examines Clothing That Changed The World

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:02am

A new exhibition at New York's MoMA explores the social history of clothing items like flip-flops ("a humble masterpiece," according to one curator) and the white T-shirt.

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'Blade Runner 2049' And The Theaters That Shake Your Groove Thing For You

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:00am

A recent encounter with new theater technologies demonstrated that it's not always a good thing when technological advancements make the experience more, as they say, "immersive."

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No Shortlist Of Nominees For The Nobel Prize In Literature

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 3:47pm

Every year, speculation spreads from the literati to the betting houses and every year many of the same names turn up on the list of potential winners.

New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 1:25pm

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."

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'Tenements, Towers & Trash' Brings Clean Lines To The City Of Failure

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 9:00am

Julia Wertz's loving, obsessively detailed visual history of the less-distinguished corners of New York City celebrates charming flops, long-gone businesses and dusty corners where dreams go to die.

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Here Are The Finalists For The 2017 National Book Awards

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:56am

The National Book Foundation winnowed the list of contenders for its literary prize to just 20 — or five finalists each in four categories. Among them are Jesmyn Ward, Min Jin Lee and Frank Bidart.

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'Greater Gotham' Is A Great Big Book For A Great Big City

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:00am

The second volume in Mike Wallace's Pulitzer-winning history of New York City weighs in at over six pounds — and every ounce is packed with fascinating detail about the city that never sleeps.

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Jeffrey Eugenides' 'Fresh Complaint' Makes For Absorbing Fiction

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 9:00am

While they tend towards traditional rather than edgy, the stories in Fresh Complaint will remind readers what they like about Eugenides' writing: His sensitivity and compassion for flawed people.

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'Mental,' 'Gorilla And The Bird': Two Starkly Different Accounts Of Bipolar Disorder

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 6:01am

Both books vividly capture the dizzying highs of mania and the shattering lows of depression that mark the disease. Mental's approach is comprehensive, Gorilla and the Bird's more intimate.

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