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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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Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:17pm

An appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Larry Wilmore Knows: Heavy Lies The Late-Night Mantle

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:44pm

Larry Wilmore talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about the pressure of moving from his job as the "senior black correspondent" on The Daily Show to his spot as host of the new show Minority Report.

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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:04pm

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.

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'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:29pm

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers — the latest from Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman — follows the travels of a young bookstore proprietor. It's a "strange" book that requires a bit of patience.

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