Arts

7:31am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Shaken, Stirred: Ian Fleming's Racy Love Letters To Be Sold

Ian Fleming, best-selling British author and creator of James Bond, is seen in this 1962 photo.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Thu March 27, 2014
New In Paperback

March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

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2:57am

Thu March 27, 2014
Theater

At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:39 am

In 1961, South African playwright Athol Fugard put black and white actors on stage together in his breakout play Blood Knot. He's pictured above in the 1970s.
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Under apartheid, trying to make an artistic political statement was difficult — artists were subject to scrutiny and even arrest. On the other hand, making a political statement was easy: All one had to do was put black and white actors on a stage together.

That's exactly what South African playwright Athol Fugard did back in 1961 with his breakout play Blood Knot. His newest play, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, is now onstage at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

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5:38pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Books

In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:14 am

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Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, Sleep Donation, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.

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5:38pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Book News & Features

It Was The Best Of Sentences ...

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:41 pm

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Have you ever had a sentence stop you in your tracks? Editors at The American Scholar magazine have put out their list of the "Ten Best Sentences" in fiction and nonfiction. Associate editor Margaret Foster says the inspiration came from water cooler talk around the office.

"We're sometimes struck by a beautiful sentence or maybe a lousy sentence, and we'll just say, 'Hey, listen to this,' " she says.

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2:50pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Book Reviews

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 8:13 pm

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Here's an old joke you may have heard: "How many Vietnam vets does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Answer: "You wouldn't know, you weren't there."

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2:50pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Author Interviews

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:42 pm

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Imagine an America that has been plagued for years by a mysterious epidemic of insomnia — an affliction so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. That's the futuristic premise of Karen Russell's new novella, Sleep Donation.

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2:32pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Shots - Health News

A 'Silent Killer' Returns: Live Chat With Filmmaker On Fighting TB

Nokubheka, 12, had to move away from her family and into a hospital for treatment against drug-resistant tuberculosis.
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The world has a new epidemic on its hand: drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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11:46am

Wed March 26, 2014
Technology

The Changing World Of Tech Requires A Woman's Eye

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:09 pm

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11:46am

Wed March 26, 2014
Author Interviews

Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:41 pm

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.

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