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The Same Until You Shuffle

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:03am

Every answer this week is a made-up two-word phrase, in which both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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The Other Rock History

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:34pm

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:03am

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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