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Jeffrey Eugenides Calls Short Stories 'Maddening' — And Now He Has A Collection

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 7:08am

"You get it going and then you have to shut it down," Eugenides says. "And I am a novelist by inclination." His new short story collection is called Fresh Complaint.

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'Ghosted': A Skeptic And A True Believer Investigate The Paranormal; It's Para-Funny

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 6:01am

In this FOX sitcom, Adam Scott and Craig Robinson play two men thrown together to uncover the uncanny. It involves chasing glowy things through warehouses at night.

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Distillery Cat Wanted: Must Be Affable, Brand-Boosting, Cold-Blooded Killer

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 6:00am

A new book profiles some of the world's most fascinating felines, while telling how their job descriptions have evolved from rodent catchers to today's ambassadors for distilleries and breweries.

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'The Language Of Thorns' Will Ensnare You With Dark Magic

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 6:00am

Leigh Bardugo's new The Language of Thorns is a collection of fairy tales set in the world of her Grishaverse books — a world of dangerous magic where happy endings may just involve minimal murder.

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Monty Hall, Host Of 'Let's Make A Deal,' Dies At 96

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 8:35pm

The unctuous, ingratiating game host was, always, in on the joke, which proved the secret to the his enduring appeal.

The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 5:40pm

For 40 years, the record's interstellar message to extraterrestrials remained mostly unheard by human audiences — until a Kickstarter campaign brought a new vinyl box set to the public.

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Hunger, Both Physical And Emotional, In 'The Comfort Food Diaries'

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 9:00am

Emily Nunn's sharp memoir chronicles an epic road trip she took in search of comfort — culinary and otherwise — after losing her job, her brother and her fiance and a descent into alcoholism.

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Slave Poet's Lost Essay On 'Individual Influence' Resonates Through Centuries

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 7:08am

George Moses Horton published a book of poetry in 1829, when he was still a slave in North Carolina. Now, a new essay by Horton has been discovered, outlining some of his political thoughts.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Adam Scott Of 'Ghosted' On Ghosting

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:59am

The actor stars plays a paranormal investigator in a new sitcom. So we ask him about the dubious practice of ending a relationship by simply ceasing all communication — also known as ghosting.

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'What The Fluff?' Celebrates A Century Of Peanut Butter's Marshmallow Friend

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:00am

The people of Massachusetts celebrated the centennial in sticky style with a festival — including thousands of Fluffernutter sandwiches — in the neighborhood where Fluff was first whipped up.

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From Dinner Parties To Spy Rings, 'The Woman Who Smashed Codes' Bursts With Detail

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:00am

Jason Fagone's biography of pioneering code-breaker Elizebeth Friedman — who, with her husband William, helped catch both smugglers and Nazis — is the story of a fascinating woman in perilous times.

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Hugh Hefner: Looking Back At A Controversial Life

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:00am

Hugh Hefner died this week at the age of 91. NPR's Scott Simon says Hefner "made history, and then tripped over it."

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Football And Donald Trump: It's A Long Story

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 5:00am

As President Trump opines about what NFL players and owners should do regarding politics and protest, it's worth revisiting a 2009 documentary about his history with professional football.

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'Blade Runner 2049': Even Sharper Than The Original

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 7:32pm

Critic Chris Klimek says this "inspired, expansive" sequel is "an astonishing achievement" that features Harrison Ford's most deeply felt performance in years.

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The Theater Development Fund In New York Takes Playing Dress-Up To Another Level

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:17pm

The largest costume rental business in New York City is not a business at all, but the non-profit organization that runs the city's discount ticket booths.

Hugh Hefner's Final Resting Place? The Plot He Bought Next To Marilyn Monroe

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:51pm

Monroe, who died in 1962, didn't get a say in whether she would want to spend the hereafter next to Hefner, who launched his magazine using nude photos of her.

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40 Years Of Athletic Support: Happy Anniversary To The Sports Bra

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:41pm

Here's a more intimate milestone in women's sports: In 1977, three women sewed two jockstraps together and the first modern sports bra was born.

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Larry David On His 'Curb' Persona: 'The Character Has Emboldened Me'

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:24pm

After years playing a version of himself on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, David has a distinct comic sensibility and a very recognizable voice and persona. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Returns, And Larry David Is Back To Playing Himself

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:24pm

David's comically exaggerated TV version of himself first appeared 18 years ago. TV critic David Bianculli welcomes the character's return to HBO.

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Does Not Compute

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:35am

Our final two contestants get their heads out of the cloud to compete in this trivia game involving words associated with computing.




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