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The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 8:40am

A visit to one of the greatest art museums in the world, a piece of engaging theater, and a book about Hollywood raise nested questions about art, commerce and love.

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Book News: Author Of Invented Holocaust Memoir Ordered To Return $22.5 Million

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:24am

Misha Defonseca's book described her adoption by wolves and her killing of a Nazi soldier. Also: an excerpt from Hillary Clinton's memoir, and notable books coming out this week.

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Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving Tax Guys A Headache

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:06am

These days more and more foods are straddling the line between prepared and unprepared, taxable and non-taxable. And that has left policy makers with a strange conundrum.

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One Collector's Plan To Save Realistic Art Was Anything But Abstract

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:23am

In the 1950s Abstract Expressionism was wow-ing the art world and elbowing Realism out of galleries. Art lover Sara Roby set out to change that, and a new exhibit celebrates the impact she had.

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'Stand Up Planet' Follows Jokes To Serious Global Issues

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:05pm

The TV documentary takes Los Angeles-based comedian Hasan Minhaj to South Africa and India, in search of comics who are bringing light and laughter to some serious topics.

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For Artistic Criminal, Breaking Rules Is Key To 'Creativity'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:05pm

Performer Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, says the difference between the average criminal and an artistic one is that the former takes and the latter gives.

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'Insatiable': One Woman's Love Affair With The Porn Industry

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 1:12pm

Asa Akira had a normal, upper middle-class upbringing, so why did she become a porn star? It was the ultimate fantasy, she says. What others have called exploitative, Akira sees as empowering.

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Portraits Of Mothers (And The Children Who Love Them)

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:34am

Mother's Day unfolds with a stream of stunning, emotional and beautiful pictures on social media. Here are some of our favorites.

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The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis C.K.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:36am

The new series of Louie is underway, and the schlubby everyman portrayed by comic Louis C.K. is confronting the difficulties of raising two daughters — and the possibilities of dating while fat.

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Director Richard Ayoade Holds Up A Dark Looking Glass In 'The Double'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

In The Double, a man finds that he's been replaced by his own doppleganger, whom everyone likes more than him. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the director, Richard Ayoade.

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'Snow In May': The Lives Of Magadan, Gateway To The Gulag

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

Kseniya Melnik's debut collection of short stories portrays life in Magadan, Russia, a town notorious for it's Gulag labor camps. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Melnik about her book, Snow in May.

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Mothers, The Rich Emotional Centers Of The Movies

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

From Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich to Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, moms make the movies. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Corliss about his new book that looks at iconic screen mothers.

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Past, Present And Future Dovetail In 'The Adjacent'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:03am

The new novel from The Prestige author Christopher Priest weaves together multiple millennia-spanning storylines, parallel universes, love, war, hope and loss in a dizzyingly metaphysical melange.

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