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Pixar's Brad Bird Talks French Food, Animated Rats And New Film 'Tomorrowland'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

The Ratatouille creator describes the culinary process of planning for the film, and his early days as a writer for The Simpsons.

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Malady Melody

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:22pm

Sick of certain songs? This game features songs about being sick — we've rewritten their lyrics to be about the common illness in their titles. You give me fever!

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Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture Gets First US Show In Nearly 40 Years

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:28pm

Parviz Tanavoli's calligraphy-inspired figures helped revive sculpture as an art form in Iran. Now, Wellesley College's Davis Museum is giving American viewers a chance to see his work.

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Maya Angelou's 'Forever' Stamp Forever In Error

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm

A limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.

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Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews a film from Iran, about Iran — which hasn't been shown in Iran. It's called About Elly, and it's by director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation.

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Postal Service Slips Up With Special-Edition Stamp For Maya Angelou

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.

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'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:59pm

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.

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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:57pm

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.

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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:56pm

Brooke Borel's new book describes the history of bedbugs and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:48am

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.

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Love, Violence And Lou Reed, On Display In 'The Water Museum'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:03am

Things rarely end well for the people in Luis Alberto Urrea's new story collection, but there are flashes of humor. Critic Michael Schaub calls Urrea "a master storyteller with a rock and roll heart."

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Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:03am

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris' new book is part life story, part grammar guide. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is delightful, and Norris is a "stickler who can't resist schtick."

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Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:00am

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris's new book is part life story, part grammar guide. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is delightful, and Norris is a "stickler who can't resist schtick."

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:45pm

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:21pm

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.

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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:06pm

As the jurors start deliberations Tuesday whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.

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Lucille Ball Sculptor Apologizes For 'By Far My Most Unsettling' Work

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:47am

"I take full responsibility for 'Scary Lucy,' " artist Dave Poulin says, adding that he didn't mean "to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image."

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Remembering Phyllis Klotman, Who Created An Amazing Collection Of Black Cinema

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:46am

Phyllis R. Klotman made it her life's work to find and preserve black films. She found more than 3,000 films that may have disappeared otherwise.

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Sprawling, Soaring 'Grace Of Kings' Changes The Fantasy Landscape

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:03am

Ken Liu's debut is an epic saga of gods, kings and rebels, set in an invented world with echoes of pan-Asian myth. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "beautiful, nuanced, fierce, original, and diverse."

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In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:03am

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.

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