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Toronto, Day 1: David Cronenberg, Drumming, 'The Judge' And Serendipity

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 7:25am

On the first day of the Toronto International Film Festival, the lesson came through loud and clear: sometimes, it's the ones you don't expect.

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Book News: Catton, McBride Featured On Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:10am

Also: finalists for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; the history of creativity.

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Where Have All The Poets Gone?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:03am

Critic Juan Vidal recalls the power of protest poetry in days past, and wonders why poets no longer seem to be on the front lines of outrage. Have they stopped speaking, or have we stopped listening?

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Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:38am

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.

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A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:31am

In Gabriel, Edward Hirsch delivers a 78-page elegy to his son. He says turning his memories into poetry "gave me something to do with my grief."

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Lev Grossman Catches Arcade Fever

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:28pm

The author of the fantasy trilogy The Magicians talks about mentorship and Harry Potter. Then, he trades his magical keyboard for an Atari Centipede trackball in a game all about classic video games.

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Bachelor Of Yarrts

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:28pm

Our Ask Me Another linguistic team figured out how to sound like a pirate: simply put a "Y" in front of words that starts with "A-R." Yarr! How many buccaneer words can you guess?

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In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:34pm

Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.

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The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:14pm

With Detroit's bankruptcy trial underway, one point of contention is likely to be the value of the city's art collection. The art market can be unpredictable, and disagreements between appraisers and creditors reflect just how political Detroit's art has become.

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Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 2:22pm

NPR's Eric Deggans say the comedian was a show business survivor whose tireless work ethic kept her relevant long after other comics would have faded away. She died Thursday at 81.

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'The Chair' Charts Two Filmmakers' Journeys As They Make Movies From The Same Script

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:56pm

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz! follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate from NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.

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Double Trouble

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:39am

What do LL Cool J and e. e. cummings have in common? Not only could both spit a mean verse, their names also both begin with a double letter, as do all of the answers in this final round game.

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Celebrity Sightings

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:39am

Celebrities: they're just like us! They shop in malls, eat fast food and play word games. In this round, mash up chain stores or restaurants with celebrity names, like "Betty White Castle."

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Get Geeky

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:39am

If you're a fan of nerdy hobbies, then today's your lucky day! Julian Velard breaks out the vocoder and sings the Daft Punk song "Get Lucky" with the lyrics rewritten to be about geeky activities.

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Random Questions With: John Flansburgh

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:39am

This week's puzzle guru is so major, he's a Giant! They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh recounts past odd jobs and TV show theme songs he never got to write.

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In The Beginning

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:39am

"Now, the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together, it's..." our first game! Guess these opening narrations to TV shows.

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Book News: Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Found

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:59am

Also: Edith Grossman on literary translation; a poem for James Foley.

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Lip Gloss, Handbags And Margaret Drabble In 'The Fame Lunches'

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

Daphne Merkin's new essay collection straddles the high/low cultural divide with aplomb. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Lunches is unfailingly intelligent, but should be enjoyed in small bites.

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CBS's Thursday Night Football: An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 2:32am

On Sept. 11, CBS and the NFL will debut Thursday Night Football games. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a sure bet that two of the world's biggest corporations have a lot riding on.

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For 'Women In Clothes,' It's Not What You Wear, It's Why You Wear It

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 2:30am

A new book collects stories that link clothing with intimacy, emotion and memory: how moms dressed before they had kids, favorite outfits and, of course, garment envy.

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