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Collection Puts A Playful, Pulpy Twist On Preposterous Stories About Obama

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Fifteen writers riff on various wild conspiracy theories generated about President Obama over the years. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the sly short stories in The Obama Inheritance pack a punch.

'Red Famine' Revisits Stalin's Brutal Campaign To Starve The Peasantry In Ukraine

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum explains how Stalin killed millions in the '30s by orchestrating a famine to suppress the nationalist movement and strengthen Russian influence in Ukraine.

Poet Rupi Kaur: 'Art Should Be Accessible To The Masses'

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:58am

Rupi Kaur came to Canada from India when she was four years old and didn't learn English well for years; she says her raw, minimalist poems are tailored for readers like her, with limited English.

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Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 11:14pm

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

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Agnes Varda And JR: The Cinematic Odd Couple Behind 'Faces Places'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:40pm

Agnes Varda practically invented the French New Wave, and at 89 she's still working, co-directing a new film with artist JR about their travels through the French countryside in his photography van.

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USPS Honors Beloved Children's Book With New 'Snowy Day' Stamps

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:40pm

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a "forever" stamp collection featuring illustrations from the 1962 children's book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

In 'Florida Project,' A First-Time Actress Plays A Single Mom Doing Her Best

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:11pm

Bria Vinaite landed the role after director Sean Baker discovered her on Instagram. "It was my first time reading a script," she says, "and it made me cry the first time I read it."

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'Her Body And Other Parties:' Be Your Own Madwoman

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 9:00am

Carmen Maria Machado's new collection takes young female online culture — LiveJournal and Tumblr, ghost stories and urban legends — and reinforce the uncanny power and reach of those stories.

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In 1960s New York, Witchy Women Learn 'The Rules Of Magic'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 6:52am

In Alice Hoffman's prequel to Practical Magic, two sisters uncover their family's supernatural gifts and curses while growing up in the city.

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'Taste Of Empire' Shows Us The World In Our Kitchen Cupboards

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 6:00am

Lizzie Collingham's new book takes 20 exemplary British meals, from plain stewed beef to an elaborate Christmas pudding, and uses them to illustrate the way food and empire are inextricably linked.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Conan Sidekick Andy Richter On 'Conan The Destroyer'

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:57am

Conan O'Brien's longtime announcer gets to answer questions about the less-successful sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Conan The Barbarian.

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You're Going To Hate 'TheMystery.doc,' And That's OK

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:00am

Matthew McIntosh's fractured and fracturing 1,600-page tale of a writer with amnesia and a missing manuscript isn't fun, and it probably isn't supposed to be. But it is magnificently weird.

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Stunning New Biography 'Ali' Is The Portrait A Champion Deserves

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 6:00am

Jonathan Eig's exhaustively researched new book paints a complex picture of Muhammad Ali, from his Kentucky childhood to his brilliant fighting style, his kindnesses, cruelties and eventual decline.

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Kenan Thompson Becomes Longest-Serving Cast Member On SNL

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

With the start of this season of SNL, Kenan Thompson became longest-serving cast member in the show's history. So what's the secret to his longevity and making it click with the audience?

'The Florida Project' Presents A Thrillingly Alive Portrait Of Childhood

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:33pm

Director Sean Baker's new film centers on a six-year-old girl living in a dumpy motel complex outside of Orlando. Critic Justin Chang says The Florida Project "packs an emotional wallop."

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:33pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.

'Florida Project' Turns A Decrepit Corner Of Orlando Into A Cinematic Playground

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 9:00am

Sean Baker's new film follows an adorably unstoppable 6-year-old and her barely more mature single mom living in the shadow of Disney World.

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'Unkindness Of Ghosts' Transposes The Plantation's Cruelty To The Stars

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:00am

Rivers Solomon's novel is set on a giant generation ship, on an interstellar voyage of centuries, divided between the wealthy, light-skinned upper-deckers and the oppressed, laboring lower-deckers.

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Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 5:54pm

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.

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In The Powerful 'Una,' A Woman Wants Vengeance — And More

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:01pm

In this "intelligently talky, properly claustrophobic chamber piece,' Rooney Mara plays a woman who confronts the man who sexually abused her when she was a girl.

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