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Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:52pm

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.

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Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:41pm

Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie begins Sunday on Showtime.

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The New Age: Leaving Behind Everything, Or Nothing At All

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:21am

Older generations might have left behind physical letters, photographs and journals. But much of that is digital now. Saving and organizing it all is a new challenge for librarians and writers alike.

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Silence And 'Godzilla'

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:14am

Perhaps aware that trailers have become wall-to-wall explosions and noise, the people behind the latest look at Godzilla rely heavily on sudden, creepy quiet.

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Kima Jones, On Black Bodies And Being A Black Woman Who Writes

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:20am

In her poetry, Kima Jones explores racial and sexual identity in the modern world — and the future. Nostalgic and assertive, her work revolves around a recurrent protagonist: the person of color.

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Book News: Archie Comics Is Going To Kill Off Archie

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:16am

Also: Artist Damien Hirst will write an autobiography; Gabriel Garcia Marquez has left the Mexico hospital where he was being treated for a lung infection.

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'Astonish Me' Is An Artful, Elegant Dance

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:03am

Maggie Shipstead's latest is named after Sergei Diaghilev's famous admonition to his dancers. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says that, while not astonishing, it's a "lemon tart of a book, lovely and neat."

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Some Appetizing Nibbles For Pre-Seder Snacking

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Passover's ceremonious meal can take a very long time. Small bites with traditional ingredients can help sustain dinner guests, with a nod to the holiday's meaning and to the spirit of hospitality.

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In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:59pm

The new Time Traveler's Almanac is a vast collection of chronological chronicles. Co-editor Ann VanderMeer says she was surprised to find that most time travelers just want to fix their love lives.

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Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:45pm

At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.

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'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:03pm

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.

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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:37pm

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:23pm

April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.

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Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:01pm

Russia banned chocolate made by the leading Ukrainian presidential candidate at a time when political tensions are high between the countries. And we wanted to know: Is the chocolate any good?

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Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:29am

Ken Jeong has played Señor Chang on the TV show Community, and Mr. Chow in the film The Hangover. But he was previously known by patients as Dr. Jeong. He talks about getting his big break in acting.

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Creating An Ecosystem In 140 Characters

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:20am

Tell Me More continues its national poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributor and poet Holly Bass shares her Twitter poem.

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Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:38am

Also: Walter Isaacson is writing a book about the Internet age; one of Harvard's best-known examples of anthropodermic bibliopegy – binding books with human skin – is actually bound in animal skin.

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In 'Paradise,' Finding Understanding In The Ruins Of Horror

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:03am

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel follows a fractious group of attendees at an Auschwitz memorial conference as they bear witness to one of history's greatest atrocities.

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Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:42am

Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he's directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.

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Mickey Rooney, All-American Boy For More Than 90 Years, Dies

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:03pm

Bob Mondello offers an appreciation of the career of Mickey Rooney, who died at 93.

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