Arts

3:07pm

Tue November 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

For A Few Hundred Bucks, You Can Make Your Own 3-D Printer

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 9:20 am

You can print out almost anything with a 3-D printer, from weapons and prosthetic hands to Yoda figurines and

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1:11pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Commentary

Was Rand Paul's Plagiarism Dishonest Or A Breach Of Good Form?

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 4:31 pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 3.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Even taken together, the charges didn't seem to amount to that big a deal — just a matter of quoting a few factual statements and a Wikipedia passage without attributing them. But as Rand Paul discovered, the word "plagiarism" can still rouse people to steaming indignation. Samuel Johnson called plagiarism the most reproachful of literary crimes, and the word itself began as the name of a real crime. In Roman law, a plagiarius was someone who abducted a child or a slave — it's from "plaga," the Latin word for a net or a snare.

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1:11pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Even When It Hurts 'ALOT,' Brosh Faces Life With Plenty Of 'Hyperbole'

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:21 pm

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Courtesy Touchstone Books

Allie Brosh's humorous, autobiographical blog, Hyperbole and a Half, has a huge following. In 2011, an editor of PC World included it in a list of the funniest sites on the Internet, and this year, Advertising Age included Brosh in its annual list of the year's most influential and creative thinkers and doers.

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10:57am

Tue November 12, 2013
New In Paperback

Nov. 11-17: A Stargazer, A World Wanderer And Sidewalks For All

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 7:24 pm

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10:10am

Tue November 12, 2013
Monkey See

What He Did For Love: Manipulation And Wickedness In 'About Time'

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:17 am

Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim in About Time.
Murray Close Universal Pictures

[This piece contains some plot details about About Time, but nothing major that isn't revealed in the film's marketing.]

Movies are the closest thing we have to time travel, so it's no wonder — or rather, it's a rich and enduring wonder — that so many memorable films have made it their subject. Actually, let's strike that. Few if any of those films are actually about time travel. Most films that involve it use it as a means of discussing something else.

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8:15am

Tue November 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Spying Concerns Driving Writers To Self-Censor, Study Finds

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:08am

Tue November 12, 2013
Television

Comcast Deal Puts New Minority-Run Channels In Play

El Rey, which will be targeting a young Latino audience, is being spearheaded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, shown at the premiere of his recent film Machete Kills in October.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Rapper and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs, director Robert Rodriguez, and basketball legend Magic Johnson each now has his own new cable TV networks. Their channels were part of a merger deal Comcast made with the FCC to give a shot to new networks owned by African Americans, Latinos and others.

Last month, Combs threw on his classic Puff Daddy alias to welcome millennial viewers to his new music network, Revolt.

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1:38pm

Mon November 11, 2013
The Impact of War

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 7:43 pm

U.S. Army soldiers begin their journey home from Iraq on July 13, 2010.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to Fire And Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in dangerous and far-away places. On the other hand, there's nothing most of us would rather do than leave these wars behind. No matter what we do next, the soft tension of the trigger pull is something we'll carry with us forever.

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10:45am

Mon November 11, 2013
Code Switch

Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:56 pm

Matt de la Peña is the author of Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and, most recently, The Living.
Random House Children's Books

A few years ago I did an author visit at an overcrowded junior high school in a rougher part of San Antonio. I write young adult novels that feature working-class, "multicultural" characters, so I'm frequently invited to speak at urban schools like this.

As is often the case, the principal and I talked as the kids filed into the auditorium. The student body was mostly Hispanic, he told me, and over 90 percent qualified for free and reduced lunch. It was an underprivileged school, a traditionally low-achieving school, but they were working hard to raise performance.

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7:58am

Mon November 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Postal Service Strikes Sunday-Delivery Deal With Amazon

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:58 am

USPS carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail before making his delivery run in February in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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