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The Artist Responsible For Chance The Rapper's Meme-Inspired Abstract Art

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 9:56am

Illustrator Brandon Breaux has, since Chance The Rapper's debut mixtape, created the evocative portraits used on his covers. But for a recent series, Breaux went abstract — and meme-y.

(Image credit: Courtesty of the artist/Brandon Breaux)

James Kirchick: Who Benefits From Unrestricted Free Speech?

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:32am

When James Kirchick was in college, someone he found deeply offensive spoke on campus. Rather than protest, James attended the talk. He says free speech benefits everyone, especially the powerless.

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Elif Shafak: What Happens When Different Viewpoints Are Silenced?

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:32am

Turkish novelist Elif Shafak has seen firsthand what can happen when a country restricts free speech. She says democracy depends on the right to openly exchange diverse, even oppositional, ideas.

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Jeffrey Howard: Should A Culture Dedicated To Free Speech Limit Hate Speech?

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:32am

Political scientist Jeffrey Howard says democracies should allow all types of speech — even if they're hurtful. The key, he says, is to respond with conversation rather than confrontation.

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Zachary Wood: Why Should We Listen To Views We Find Offensive?

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:32am

In college, Zachary Wood joined a group that invites provocative speakers to campus, hoping to spark dialogue. But he soon learned not everyone wants to hear from those with whom they disagree.

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Food, Fast: Feeding The Tour De France In 'Eat. Race. Win.'

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 4:00am

A new Amazon Prime Video series follows chef Hannah Grant around Europe as she prepares locally-sourced, high-energy meals for athletes who require over 6,000 calories every day.

(Image credit: Joe Pugliese/Amazon Studios)

Roseanne Barr Tells Fox's Hannity That Racist Tweet Was A Big Misunderstanding

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 2:01am

The comedian appeared on Fox News pundit Sean Hannity's show Thursday, claiming the backlash over the widely condemned tweet that led to ABC canceling her show was a misunderstanding.

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In 'The Captain,' Clothes Make The Man — And The Monster

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:01pm

A German deserter in the waning days of World War II dons a discarded Nazi officer's uniform for warmth, but soon finds himself wielding its authority with unnerving and violent cruelty.

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'Hot Summer Nights' Loves The '90s, But Not Its Main Character

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:01pm

Writer/director Elijah Bynum's debut feature, a "nostalgia-soaked coming-of-age drama set in 1991 Cape Cod," is so beholden to its influences it never manages to escape their shadow.

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Spectacular Real-World Stunts Make 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' A Blast

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie returns to the M:I franchise with jaw-dropping stunts and set pieces, ensuring that "Fallout's sky-high thrill quotient obliterates that of all competitors."

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'Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood': The Man Who Sold Sex To The Stars

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:00pm

The documentary about Scotty Bowers, who procured same-sex lovers for many of Hollywood's biggest stars, skimps on emotional depth to let its subject dish gossip in his charming, gregarious way.

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'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' And 'Nanette' Brim With Heart And Humanity

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:47pm

Morgan Neville's moving documentary about Fred Rogers and Netflix's stand-up special starring Australian comic Hannah Gadsby both refuse to play along with established genre conventions.

An Aging Philip Marlowe Returns In 'Only To Sleep'

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 6:00am

Lawrence Osborne's new Marlowe novel brings us a version of the gumshoe in his 70s, lonely and slow, looking into another mysterious death. It's a book that seems simple, but hides cavernous depths.

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'Teen Titans GO! To The Movies': Joke! Gag! DC Films Aren't Just For Mopes Anymore!

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:00am

This bright, silly and breezily funny film finds the Cartoon Network heroes going Hollywood, bringing deep-cut DC Comics references — and fart jokes — with them.

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Parker Posey Writes Her Own Myth In 'You're On An Airplane'

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 4:47pm

This "self-mythologizing memoir," which Posey pronounces "me-moir," is written as if it's a monologue to an airplane seatmate, full of collages, cocktail recipes and stories from her life and career.

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Kennedy Center Names Its 2018 Honorees

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 3:14pm

Cher, Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass and the creators of Hamilton will be celebrated at this year's gala on Dec. 2.

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'Miseducation Of Cameron Post' Creators Take Aim At Gay Conversion Therapy

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:01pm

Desiree Akhavan's new film, based on Emily Danforth's 2012 young adult novel, centers on a high school girl who's sent to a Christian conversion center after she's caught kissing her girlfriend.

What It's Like To Be Held Hostage By Somali Pirates For 2 1/2 Years

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 3:25pm

Journalist Michael Scott Moore went to East Africa to write about piracy. Then he got kidnapped and imprisoned for 977 days. The Desert and the Sea chronicles his incredible ordeal.

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In 'Give Me Your Hand,' A Bond Forged By Secrets Can't Be Broken

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:50pm

Megan Abbott's new novel centers on a two young women whose high school friendship has morphed into professional rivalry. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Give Me Your Hand a "spectacular thriller."

Food Writer Becomes A Butcher To Better Understand The Value Of Meat

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:37pm

Camas Davis wanted to learn about conscientious farming, slaughtering and eating, so she moved to France and became an apprentice at a small, family-run slaughterhouse. Her memoir is Killing it.

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