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Home Is Where You Hang Your Apron

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:40am

Whether it's across town or across the ocean, moving is unsettling. But re-creating a meaningful meal — one that connects us to childhood, traditions or travels — can make us feel at home anywhere.

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Book News: Was A Belgian Policeman The Real-Life Hercule Poirot?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:32am

Also: Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1863 letter of recommendation for a job-seeking Walt Whitman; an interview with Peggy McIntosh, who wrote about "white privilege."

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'The Memory Garden' Grows With Grace And Tenderness

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:03am

Mary Rickert's new magical realist novel stars women often pushed to the edges of narrative: the elderly. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a lovely, uplifting book of friendship, sadness, and healing.

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How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:41am

Funny Or Die, a site founded by comedians including Will Ferrell, is finding ways to channel the loose comedy of the Internet into projects both online and on television.

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Oscar-Winning Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies At 36

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:46pm

Swede Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, won a Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2013. He died in Stockholm.

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'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:02pm

In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.

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Beef From Brazil Could Lower Prices, But American Ranchers Are Wary

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:05pm

The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. Imports could lower beef prices, but the deal has American ranchers worried.

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Little Stories That Delight Like The Best Sleight Of Hand

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:05pm

Reading a story by Lydia Davis is like watching a magic trick: She shows you a top hat that's obviously empty, and then she pulls out of it something enormous and oddly shaped.

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A First Glimpse: Sometimes You're The Batmobile, Sometimes You're The Bat

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:57pm

Zack Snyder has tweeted the first look at the big (really big) guy in the dark (really dark) suit.

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Thanks To H.R. Giger, For All The Sleepless Nights

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:26am

Chris Klimek remembers science fiction designer H.R. Giger, who kept him sleeping with the lights on for many nights after producing some of the indelible and terrifying imagery of Alien.

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Artist H.R. Giger, Creator Of Surreal Biomechanics, Dies

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:10am

You might not know the name, but you probably know the work: H.R. Giger created some of the most powerfully creepy visuals in Hollywood's history for 1979's sci-fi film Alien.

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Book News: Each Page Of 'A Drinkable Book' Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:03am

A "Drinkable Book" can be used to treat drinking water. Also: a new book claims to know the identity of the Zodiac Killer; why all books about Africa use the same cover image.

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Campy, Sweet Love Letters, Straight From The Kitten Basket

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:58am

Christopher Isherwood was in his 40's when he met the teenaged Don Bachardy. They spent the next three decades making up a tender storybook world, expressed in a new collection of their love letters.

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Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:02am

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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For Geithner, Financial Crisis Was Like Landing A Burning Plane

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:34pm

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received mixed reviews of his performance during the financial crisis. In his new book, he says he did what was required to "keep the lights on."

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Sandwich Monday: Domino's Specialty Chicken

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:10pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new dish from Domino's. It's essentially pizza with crust made out of chicken.

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The Forgotten Pictures Of A Rock Photography Pioneer

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:02pm

Jim Cummins was one of the few African-American photographers to navigate the world of superstar rock, photographing everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Sonny and Cher before switching to sports photography. Along the way, he forgot about more than 2,500 negatives. As Andrea Shea of WBUR reports, some of those photos have now been digitized and displayed in New York and online.

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Louis C.K. Takes On TV Hypocrisy, Aiming Scrutiny Back At Himself

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:02pm

When Louis C.K. rejects a woman because she's overweight, she schools him for being hypocritical. Louis C.K. wrote the script, but the character pours her heart out in a way television rarely allows.

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Four Lessons From The Networks' Report Cards

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:33pm

Eric Deggans looks at the network upfronts, the moment when networks look back on what worked and what didn't work on the most recent season and ahead to the next one.

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Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:06am

South Carolina Representative James Clyburn's new memoir Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black shares lessons learned on his way from the Jim Crow South to a top spot on Capitol Hill.

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