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Merry Bloomsday! For Communion With Joyce, Raise A Sacramental Guinness

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:34am

To honor the day that James Joyce's character Leopold Bloom wandered the streets in Ulysses, fans the world over have found fitting ways to celebrate — boisterously, and often reverent with obscenity.

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Who's That Batgirl? 'Burnside' Charms Despite Stumbles

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:03am

Barbara Gordon gets a perky makeover in the new Batgirl Vol. 1. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the series is a clever exploration of identity in the digital age, but suffers from occasional cluelessness.

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Why Scream For Gelato Instead Of Ice Cream? Here's The Scoop

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:01am

Ice cream's velvety Italian cousin is becoming one of America's favorite frozen desserts. It has less fat, but somehow tastes creamier and holds flavors better. So what's gelato's secret?

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We're All Looking For A Home 'In The Country'

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:03am

Many of the characters in Mia Alvar's debut story collection are outcasts looking for love and a home — but critic Michael Schaub says it's hard to condense this impressive book into just one theme.

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Kate Atkinson Tells Book Club How She Crafts Characters At All Life Stages

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:07am

In A God in Ruins, Atkinson jumps forward and backward in time, telling the story of characters as children, parents and grandparents. "We don't just live in this moment," she says.

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From Dating Exhaustion To ... Flo Rida? Aziz Ansari Surveys 'Modern Romance'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 3:28pm

The comic teamed up with a sociologist to write an overview of dating and relationships. His book explains online dating's paradox of choice and how we're all like a song by hip-hop artist Flo Rida.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'Jurassic World'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:48pm

The new super-mega-blockbuster dinosaur movie has fun dino stuff, a great performance from a guy in glasses, and two main characters who are severely underwritten.

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Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:18pm

Alvar was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her back story is shared by many of her Filipino characters in her debut short story collection.

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Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:14pm

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide."

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Mamma Mia! Olive Garden Food Truck Invades Boston's Italian Neighborhood

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 4:00am

That's right: The Italian food chain has jumped on the food truck craze. And this weekend it parked in Boston's North End, where Italian food is most sacred and many eateries go back generations.

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