Arts

6:07am

Sat October 5, 2013
Author Interviews

40 Years Ago, 'Fear Of Flying' Showed Women Like Sex, Too

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 9:31 am

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In 1973, Erica Jong was tired of reading about silent, seething housewifes, so she introduced a new kind of female protagonist: a frank young woman who loved sex and wasn't ashamed to admit it. Fear of Flying turns 40 this year, as does its most famous phrase: "the zipless f - - - ." Jong defines it in the novel:

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6:36pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Shirley Jones Gets Quizzed On Partridge Shooting

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 11:04 am

Shirley Jones starred in some of the great movie musicals of the 1950s — Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man -- won an Oscar for her role in the film Elmer Gantry and then went on to be the mother in the classic sitcom The Partridge Family. She's just written a new memoir about her life onstage, on-screen and behind the scenes.

We've invited Jones to play a game called "Look, it's the partridge family! GET THEM!" Three questions about the sport of partridge shooting.

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5:14pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:33 am

Would time spent with Anton Chekov, famed for his subtle, flawed characters, make you a better judge of human nature?
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Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

That's the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

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5:14pm

Fri October 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

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Movie lovers have Netflix, music lovers have Spotify — and book lovers (whether they read literary fiction or best-selling potboilers) now have Scribd. The document sharing website has been around since 2007, but this week it launched a subscription service for e-book lending.

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2:55pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Movie Interviews

Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of 'Gravity'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:24 pm

Many of the special effects in the action-adventure film Gravity were generated by computers — but star Sandra Bullock also had to put in a good deal of work, with choreographed movements simulating weightlessness.
Warner Bros.

The eye-popping new movie Gravity will make you very grateful you're planted on terra firma. It's a thriller directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which shuttle astronauts on a spacewalk are stranded after a collision with a vast cloud of space debris.

And one of those astronauts — played by Sandra Bullock — is left on her own, hundreds of miles above Earth. She's running out of oxygen and tumbling untethered through the void of space.

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1:58pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Movie Reviews

Houston, We Have A Space Flick: A Sentimental Mission In Zero 'Gravity'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 2:51 pm

In Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, an astronaut careening through space after an accident.
Warner Bros.

In a season in which we're all talking about AMC's phenomenal Breaking Bad and Netflix's elating Orange Is the New Black, Hollywood needs you, your kids and everyone in Europe and China to get out from behind those TV monitors and into theaters. Movie studios are falling behind on compelling narratives. But they can give you what TV can't: absolute, total bombardment.

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1:30pm

Fri October 4, 2013
The Salt

Meat-Drenched Oktoberfest Warms To Vegans

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:22 pm

Traditional fare at Bavarian Oktoberfest is heavy on meat, but that's changing as restaurants add more vegan and vegetarian options.
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Oktoberfest, one of the world's largest festivals, is mostly about beer. And to soak up all that froth and alcohol, Bavarians have traditionally reached for meat.

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1:05pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Science

DIY Halloween Hacks

Trying to liven up your ghosts and goblins this Halloween? Windell Oskay, cofounder of Mad Evil Scientist, shares homemade hack ideas for a festive fright fest, from LED jack-o'-lanterns, to 3D printed candy, to spooky specimen jars.

12:49pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Monkey See

Clip Job: 'Five Dances,' One Sweetly Moving Romance

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:10 pm

Ryan Steele in Five Dances
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Five Dances might be the least talky movie I've seen in months — but it's plenty expressive. What it says, it says silently, or at least nonverbally, in the music-and-movement language of Jonah Bokaer's haunting choreography, which speaks of solitary strivings and the brief, passionate connections that punctuate them.

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12:23pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Code Switch

Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance'

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 6:19 pm

The original Ironside starred Raymond Burr as a detective who became a paraplegic after being shot in the line of duty.
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