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How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And 'The Big Sick'

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 1:40pm

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story.

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The Negative Zone: What Didn't Make Our Final List

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:00am

In a list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels, inevitably some people's favorites will get left out — some because they don't stand the test of time, some because there's just no room.

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Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:00am

We asked readers to name their favorite comics and graphic novels, and we got thousands of answers. Now, with the help of our expert panel, we've curated a list to keep you flipping pages all summer.

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In Britain, New Dating Apps Let Brexit Opponents 'Remain' With Each Other

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:02pm

Voting in favor of the Brexit referendum has proved to be a dating deal-breaker for many who wanted Britain to stay in the European Union. New dating apps connect those seeking other pro-EU voters.

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'Refuge' Captures Divide Between Father And Daughter Through Lens Of Immigration

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dina Nayeri about her new novel, Refuge, which tells the story of an elderly man in Iran and his adult daughter in Amsterdam.

'Eloise At The Museum' Tells The Story Behind The Beloved Mischief-Maker

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:31pm

The 6-year-old children's book character struck a chord when she debuted in the 1950s. Now a new exhibition shines a light on how Eloise came to be.

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Is The Justice Department Shying Away From To Prosecuting Corporations?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:28pm

ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger says that the government undermines the notion of equity and fails to deter crime when it allows large corporations to settle lawsuits by paying fines.

After 27 Years, Kermit The Frog Is Getting A New Voice

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:03pm

Puppeteer Steve Whitmire has voiced the iconic star of the Muppets since 1990, when he took over after show creator Jim Henson's death. Now, longtime Muppets veteran Matt Vogel is assuming the mantle.

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Origin-al Sin: What Hollywood Must Learn From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:00pm

For years, it seemed that origin stories were central to keeping superheroes movies grounded. Homecoming proved this suspicion wrong. It found a better way — and a different key ingredient.

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I, Booger: Actor Curtis Armstrong's Affable Memoir, 'Revenge Of The Nerd'

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:00am

In Armstrong's autobiography, the classically trained actor humorously makes peace with the fact that the first line of his obituary will reference his nose-picking character from an '80s sex comedy.

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Summer Comics Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 9:00am

While we prep our awesome reader poll of great comics and graphic novels for all ages and tastes, we thought we'd introduce you to the panel of expert judges who helped curate the final list of 100.

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What Did Thoreau Really Eat? You Might Be Surprised

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 7:00am

There's no shortage of dietary lore about naturalist and Walden author Henry David Thoreau, so as his bicentennial birthday bash arrives, we wish to debunk these myths deliberately.

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A Powerful Voice Against Arab Stereotyping, Jack Shaheen, Dies

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 5:32pm

Shaheen, an author and critic, spent his life battling stereotypes of Muslims and Arab-Americans in popular culture. He died Sunday in South Carolina.

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'Game Of Thrones' Finds Fans Among Disability Rights Activists, Too

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:28pm

Several main characters in the HBO series happen to have disabilities. "I had never seen my own experience in life reflected so accurately, so vividly, so viscerally," says one disability activist.

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'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies At 39

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:35pm

Actor Nelsan Ellis has died at age 39. He was best known for playing the flamboyant short order cook, Lafayette, in the TV series, True Blood.

Gulliver's Gate: The Miniature World In The Middle Of New York City

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:35pm

Gulliver's Gate is a miniature world in four rooms in the middle of Times Square. It covers nearly 50,000 square feet, and it's got moving cars and boats; the Tower of London and the Panama Canal.

'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:17pm

Francis Spufford's historical novel is set in 1746 Lower Manhattan, a world of spies, thieves, card sharks and crooked bankers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "gorgeously crafted" work.

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From Injury To Recovery, A Ballerina Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:17pm

Wendy Whelan feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery. The documentary Restless Creature chronicles her recovery and final performance with the New York City Ballet.

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Pairing Wine And Weed: Is It A California Dream Or Nightmare?

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:44am

Cannabis entrepreneurs hope to capitalize on the state's wine tourism industry by melding marijuana with meals and snagging some fertile land. But many winemakers are taking a wait-and-see approach.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sonoma Cannabis Company/Kristen Jeanne)

Nothing Was Ever The Same: 10 Comics That Changed The Game

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 9:59am

We're previewing this year's summer reader poll on comics and graphic novels by highlighting comics that stand as historic milestones.

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