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In A Sunny Britain, Would We Read Classics Like 'David Coppertone'?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:38pm

Much great literature is informed by British gloom, from the Hound of the Baskervilles stalking the moor to Macbeth plotting in his dark castle. We wondered how a brighter Blighty would change that.

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:11pm

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:15pm

The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic Raisin in the Sun and won a best supporting actress award for the 2007 film American Gangster, died Wednesday.

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P.S. I Love You

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

The final round is a postscript to our show. In this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?

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I Sense A Theme Music

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

Who could forget Celine Dion's Titanic's love anthem, "My Heart Will Go On"? We wish we could. In this game, identify movies from their famous soundtrack moments.

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Emily The Puzzle Slayer

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

We quiz Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for The New Yorker, on her favorite show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Plus, she finds a lifeline in Tom Lenk, the actor who played the show's beloved nerd. Slay on.

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Compound Fractures

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

Compound words combine shorter ones, like "milkshake." The answers in this game seem compound, but aren't: you get a floor covering ("carpet") by combining a vehicle (car) with the family dog (pet).

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Emily Nussbaum: A Critical Mass

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

The New Yorker TV critic favors Buffy the Vampire Slayer, shows that aren't afraid to be "off-putting" and carrying on Twitter debates about it all. Plus: what should you be watching right now?

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This, That Or The Other VII

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

We give you a word; you tell us which of three categories it belongs to. This week's categories: animals, world capitals, and (lest we forget to be nerdy) Lord of the Rings characters.

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This Means Wiki-War

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

There have been so many Wikipedia "edit wars," that there's an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to them. ("The Eagles" vs. "Eagles"?) In this game about notable edit wars, however, everyone's a winner.

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Book News: Charles Wright, Who Writes Of God And Nature, To Be Poet Laureate

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 6:27am

Also: Leslie Jamison is writing two new books; a poem by Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

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Standing 2 Feet From The President Ought To Be More Exciting

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 6:03am

Former Secret Service agent Dan Emmett's memoir, Within Arm's Length, chronicles his 21 years on the job. But critic J.P. O'Malley says good government agents don't necessarily make good storytellers.

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:09am

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:08am

An exhibit at Smithsonian's Archives of American Art investigates the relationship between artists and their models. The stern woman in Grant Wood's American Gothic? That was actually his sister, Nan.

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Summer Reading: Three Books To Take You To New Frontiers

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Alan Cheuse picks three debut writers to send your mind globe-trotting this summer.

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In The Cockpit, Gazing At Stars: Saint-Exupéry's Life In Pictures

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís maps the life and flights of another kid-lit star, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in his gorgeously illustrated new book The Pilot and the Little Prince.

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The Difficulty And Drama Of Building A Top Black Magazine

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:24am

Essence might be the longest-running magazine for black women, but the authors of a new book, The Man From Essence, admit that it was a long road to build the brand.

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What Does Cantor's Loss Say About The Republicans' Future?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:24am

In a surprising defeat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to Tea Party challenger David Brat. But what does this mean for Republicans going forward? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

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Book News: Appeals Court Rules Digital Library Doesn't Violate Copyright Law

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 6:56am

Also: Eric Hill, creator of the Spot the Dog series, has died; Karl Ove Knausgaard looks at his uncomfortable relationship with celebrity.

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'Girl With All The Gifts' Is A Thriller With (Sharp, Scary) Teeth

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 6:03am

Ten-year-old Melanie, the star of M.R. Carey's new novel, doesn't know why she needs armed guards and restraints. But readers will find out soon enough, in this grotesque yet grimly hopeful thriller.

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