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Greta Gerwig Explores Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:05pm

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her new film tells the story of a teenager preparing to leave home for the first time.

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Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:00am

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

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The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:00am

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:02am

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment viewing with General Hospital.

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Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:17am

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Koonig sold privately.

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Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:13pm

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:35pm

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

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Pioneers Of High-Quality Near Beer Are Banking On Non-Drinking Binges

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:00am

Even if you're staying sober, sometimes you might just miss the taste of a really good beer. But the market for high-end booze-free brews has gone largely untapped. That's starting to change.

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Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:00am

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book — action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science — though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

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Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 2:03pm

Mudbound follows two families — one white and one black — just before, during and after World War II. Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her new film.

Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:30pm

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

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'Stranger Things 2' Creators Wanted a Sequel That Topped the Original

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:29pm

Brothers Ross and Matt Duffer return to the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., for the second season of their Neflix series. "We wanted to scale it up a little bit," Matt says of Stranger Things 2.

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'Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race' Is A Call To Action

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 9:00am

In 2014, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about how tired she was of engaging with oblivious white people about race. That post went viral, and it's now the basis for her new book.

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'Future Home Of The Living God' Is A Rare Stumble From A Great Writer

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 6:00am

Louise Erdrich's new novel is a frequently bizarre near-future dystopia that never really comes close to getting off the ground, but it won't dent her reputation as one of the country's best writers.

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When Wrestling Is 'Physical Theater,' Fans See Art In The Ring

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:54am

Jeff Melton and his friend Adrian Rohr of Charlotte, N.C., are wrestling fans, a sport they love because it lifts their spirits by making them feel like the underdog sometimes can win.

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'Promise Me': Joe Biden On Loss, Grief And Recovery

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:01pm

The former vice president is out with a book that recounts in heart-wrenching detail his son Beau's diagnosis and death from brain cancer — and his deliberations about running for president.

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Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:28pm

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.

A Lifetime Of Finding Peace, Purpose And Voice In The Pages Of Comics

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:57am

Stephanie Williams discovered comics young, drawn early to X-Men, which she saw as an allegory for the persecution of black Americans. An adult now, she co-hosts a podcast about black superheroines.

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Liz Smith, Longtime Gossip Columnist, Dies At 94

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 9:58pm

Smith gave millions a peek into the private lives of the rich and famous through her columns. While she scored big scoops, her insider's take allowed her to shirk the usual salacious brand of gossip.

In New Film, 'My Friend Dahmer' Author Portrays Serial Killer As Sympathetic Outcast

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:51pm

My Friend Dahmer, based on the best-selling graphic novel by John Backderf, tells a story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's high school years and the kids who knew him, including Backderf.

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