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New York's Spring Art Auctions Have Seen Some Yawns and Some Records

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 7:36pm

Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses in New York have been holding their spring auctions and such well-known names as Monet have set records. There have also been surprises.

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London Calling (Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft): 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00pm

John Cameron Mitchell's "sweet, slight comic fantasy" explores what happens when a young man (Alex Sharp) in 1977 London meet-cutes a young woman (Elle Fanning) who's from ... out of town.

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About 'Book Club': Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and Steenburgen

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00pm

When the film puts its four leads together, it sparkles. When they're apart, it's simply "a pleasant, low-stakes affair, as numbing as a two-glass buzz."

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In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:00am

Following up on her instant-classic Marbles — about her experiences with bipolar disorder — cartoonist Forney lays out her coping strategies in warm, deftly-rendered and densely informative style.

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How To Watch The Royal Wedding In The Way That's Right For You

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00am

It's almost time for another royal wedding, and we've got a plan for you to enjoy it, no matter how you want to watch.

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'Cobra Kai' Looks At What Happened After 'The Karate Kid' Beat The School Bully

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:19pm

Thirty-four years ago, Daniel Larusso bested high school bully Johnny Lawrence at the All Valley Karate Championship in the beloved '80s movie The Karate Kid. What became of the underdog, Larusso, and his bully-boy rival is the subject of yet another reboot: Cobra Kai. Writers Josh Heald and John Hurwitz talk with NPR's Audie Cornish about the series, now available on YouTube Red.

'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic.

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Comic Tig Notaro Wants You To Know She's 'Happy To Be Here'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

After her set about having cancer went viral in 2012, Notaro struggled with the perception that her stand-up was only "dark and edgy." Her new Netflix special begins streaming May 22.

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Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels — And An Even Better Story Behind Them

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:40am

When Jewish sisters were hunting for bagels to properly mourn their mother's passing, their hometown came through. The town has been a hub of Jewish soul food — and survival — since post-WWII.

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'A Shout In The Ruins' Probes The Lasting Infections Of War And Slavery

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 6:00am

Kevin Powers' bleak, stunning new book is set in both the 1950s and the Civil War era. It's an intricately plotted look at the ways violence can shape a nation in ways that may not be recoverable.

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Blimps Full Of Money And 30 Other Sports Fantasias In 'Upon Further Review'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 4:07am

Mike Pesca's new book imagines 31 counterfactual "what if" hypotheticals in sports, from home runs taken off the board to a boycott of the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany.

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Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:02pm

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has unveiled a portrait of Lacks, whose cells have been used for decades — without her consent — to find medical breakthroughs.

(Image credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift fromKadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC.)

'Solo' Makes The Jump To Light-Speed ... Eventually

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:00pm

The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds.

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Tom Wolfe: Writing Nonfiction 'Became A Great Game And A Great Experiment'

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:59pm

Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Fresh Air in 1987 and 2012.

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'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:17pm

Author Michael Pollan, who experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, says: "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird."

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Tom Wolfe, Author Of 'Bonfire Of The Vanities,' Dies

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:56am

Best-selling author Tom Wolfe, one of the pioneers of what came to be called "the new journalism," died at a hospital in New York.

Tom Wolfe, Best-Selling Author And Genre-Breaking Journalist, Dies At 88

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:35am

The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff used to give himself a quota of 10 triple-spaced pages per day. He also experimented with literary techniques in his nonfiction.

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Tom Wolfe, Best-Selling Author And Genre-Breaking Journalist, Dies

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:35am

The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff used to give himself a quota of 10 triple-spaced pages per day. He also experimented with literary techniques in his nonfiction.

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'Cult X' Asks How Easily You — Yes, You — Might Be Taken In

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:00am

Some of the sex scenes in Fuminori Nakamura's new novel Cult X will disturb you — but that's beside the point, because the book has much more disturbing things to say about groupthink and free will.

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'Empire At Sunset' Provides A Mesmerizing View Of Jean Rhys

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 6:00am

Caryl Phillips' new novel, set in the waning years of the British Empire, follows the perpetually alienated Rhys from her birthplace in the West Indies to England and then the Continent.

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