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'Seven Good Years' Remembers Tiny Moments Writ Exquisitely Large

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:03am

In his new collection Etgar Keret recounts bittersweet and often humorous vignettes of life in the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father.

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Appetite For War: What Napoleon And His Men Ate On The March

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:27am

Napoleon is credited with the phrase "an army marches on its stomach," but he likely never said it. Now 200 years after his legendary defeat, it's worth recalling his disregard for feeding his army.

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'The Projects' Explores The Evolution Of Chicago's Public Housing System

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:05pm

The face of public housing is changing in the U.S. In one of the biggest experiments, Chicago's Housing Authority has torn down most of its high-rise public housing units. For decades, they were home to thousands of residents who persevered even when the developments became overrun with crime and poverty. Now the American Theater Company is presenting The Projects, a documentary play about the hope, danger and changes that have occurred in public housing as told by current and former residents, gang members and scholars.

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'The Tribe' Says A Lot About Violence, Sex And Love — Without A Single Word

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:34pm

Movie critic Bob Mondello says The Tribe is about big things — love, violence — and made entirely in sign language without any subtitles, voiceovers, or translations of any sort.

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HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06pm

Ballers feels like the football equivalent of the hip-hop world of Empire, and The Brink is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove, but has its own modern take on the nonsense of war.

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Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06pm

When Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. Sick in the Head is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well.

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Too Much 'Word,' Not Enough 'Nerd' In This Scrabble Story

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:15am

Professional Scrabble fan John D. Williams' new memoir is chock full of interesting tidbits (like lists of important words with Q, X and J) but gets bogged down in tedious biographical detail.

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'Modern Romance:' Love In The Age Of Demography

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:03am

Aziz Ansari did a lot of demographic research — yes, you read that right — for his new book, and the result is an uneasy but occasionally entertaining hybrid of hard data and too-sparse comedy.

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'3 ½ Minutes' Chronicles Florida Murder Over Loud Rap Music

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:04am

A new documentary revisits Florida's loud music murder case. Michael Dunn, a white man, shot 10 bullets into a car with four unarmed young black men during an argument at a Jacksonville gas station.

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In 1846, 'The Jolly Flatboatmen' Did A Different Sort Of River Dance

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:43am

The painting by George Caleb Bingham became popular for its depiction of the 19th-century American experience. Now, it's the star of a new show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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