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In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:08am

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

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A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:03am

It's the book critic's eternal dilemma: how do you fit all that reading into your daily life? Juan Vidal has an unusual solution: he gets his reading done in bars, preferably dark bars at mid-day.

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With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:47am

Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy's characters.

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Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:34pm

Keller has done pretty well running a restaurant called The French Laundry, but how many clothes has he cleaned? We'll find out.

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Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:35pm

Since October thousands of children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border have been taken into custody. Author Kate Bernheimer recommends a book to help reflect on the lives of these children.

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In 'Wish I Was Here,' Well-Covered Territory And Familiar Pitfalls

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:54pm

Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here feels like a spiritual descendant to his Garden State. As much as it shares his sensibilities, it also shares some of the earlier film's weaknesses.

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In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:19pm

Wish I Was Here follows a struggling actor and father of two whose breadwinning wife is starting to rethink her role. It's the first feature film Braff has directed since 2004's Garden State.

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So, Thor Is A Woman And Cap Is Black: Is This A Big Deal Or Not?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Marvel plans to make big changes to two of its iconic characters, announcing that Thor will be rewritten as a woman and that Captain America's identity will be assumed by an African-American. To learn more about the decisions, Audie Cornish speaks with Maggie Thompson, the former editor of Comics Buyers Guide.

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'Newburgh Sting': Terrorist Cell, Or Group Sold On A Trap By FBI?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner discuss their new documentary The Newburgh Sting, which covers the FBI investigation and conviction of four American men for plotting an act of domestic terrorism.

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What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:42am

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

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How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:42am

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

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Book News: 15 Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories Coming Out Next Year

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:09am

Also: a gay bookstore said to be the oldest in the U.S. will reopen; Hilton Als on art and memory.

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Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:41pm

Americans throw out a lot of food. And a lot of meat. That means our waste has a bigger impact on the global food supply than vegetarian discards. Why? Blame it on hidden calories.

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William T. Vollmann's Ghost Stories Are Frighteningly Self-Indulgent

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:29pm

William T. Vollmann's 2005 novel Europe Central was a masterpiece. His latest work, a collection of ghost stories entitled "Last Stories and Other Stories" is flabby and cliched.

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'I Origins': There's More Than One 'I' In 'Ridiculous'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:03pm

The very silly I Origins is ultimately not successful in spinning puns about eyes into mind-blowing epiphanies.

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In 'Mood Indigo,' A Luscious And Literal Feast Of Feeling

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:03pm

The wildly creative director Michel Gondry takes a couple through the perfect love story and what comes after in his latest visually inventive film.

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Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:44pm

In a career that stretched back to the '40s, Stritch did it all: theater, TV, movies. Candid about just about everything, she said she didn't mind the word aging — after all "it applies to everyone."

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Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:34pm

Elaine Stritch, whose talent led to a substantial career on Broadway and in cabarets, died today at age 89. She had been living in her native Michigan, where she moved last year from New York.

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'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:33pm

Modeled after the groundbreaking feminist health manual Our Bodies, Ourselves, the book details the social, political and medical issues faced by transgender people.

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How That Pinkish Goo Called Silly Putty Came Out Of Its Shell

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:23am

There is some debate over who actually invented the toy, but it's clear that a mix of science and marketing helped Silly Putty make a lasting impression.

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