Arts

7:03am

Sat February 9, 2013
Book Reviews

A Pale Imitation Of Magic In 'Scent Of Darkness'

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Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that what's generally referred to — often disdainfully — as "women's fiction" (not quite literature, not quite romance, definitely not Fifty Shades of Grey) is really a catch-all category into which almost any literary genre will fit.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Books

Life, Love And Undeath In The 'Lemon Grove'

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Karen Russell has a new short-story collection out, her first book since 2011's best-selling Swamplandia! The stories range from senior citizen vampires sucking lemons and wondering about their future, to a war veteran whose wounds are both locked up inside, and bright and bold across his body.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Author Interviews

Healing 'Brick City': A Newark Doctor Returns Home

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

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Sampson Davis was born and raised in Newark, N.J. He is an emergency medicine physician and a founder, with two childhood friends, of The Three Doctors Foundation.
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When Sampson Davis was in high school, he and two of his friends made a pact that they would someday become doctors. All three of them did. Along with those friends — and now fellow doctors — George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt, Davis co-authored a 2003 book called The Pact, about that promise and the way it shaped their lives.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Books

Literary Types Find Love In 'The New York Review Of Books'

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

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There are a lot of places these days to look for all kinds of love, especially online. But what's an aging intellectual who loves William Gass, Philip Glass and a good merlot to do?

The distinguished New York Review of Books celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. It is noted for its rigorous writing and stellar cerebral lit stars — and its personal ads.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Theater

The Scottish Play (The Olivier Way)

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Laurence Olivier, seen here in his film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, also intended to create a film version of Macbeth.
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Laurence Olivier, whose interpretations of Shakespeare's signature roles were often considered definitive, adapted several of those roles for film. He wrote and directed widely praised versions of Hamlet, Henry V and Richard III.

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5:06pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Art & Design

Could Reclusive Designer Balenciaga Make It Today?

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 7:37 am

Cristobal Balenciaga was known as a perfectionist, especially when it came to sleeves. Blume says, "It was perhaps a sign of real personal attention if you were one of the rare clients that he had lunch with, and at the end of the lunch he ripped out [your] sleeve and reset it."
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As New York Fashion Week looks ahead to fall 2013, we're taking a moment to look back at one of the 20th century's most well-known designers — and how life as a designer has changed since his time.

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11:53am

Fri February 8, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Caesar' Comes Alive In An Italian Prison

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:09 pm

Brutus (Salvatore Striano) fixes a wild stare at the witnesses and conspirators after Julius Caesar's murder, in a scene from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die.
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In the early '80s, Italy's Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, made one of the true modern masterpieces, The Night of the Shooting Stars. Set in the last days of World War II, when Germans laid mines all over Tuscan villages and Fascists loyal to Mussolini killed their own countrymen, it was a very cruel film.

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11:26am

Fri February 8, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halftime Shows And Love Stories

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When it's early-mid February, the mind naturally turns to those fundamentals of the good life: love and football.

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10:37am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

The "I" In Team

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

Who are you rooting for this season? If it's the Phoenix Sins, then watch out--your starting lineup may include sloth, gluttony, envy and pride. Puzzle guru John Chaneski has taken the names of U.S. pro sports teams and swapped out a vowel for the letter "i" to imagine some hilarious team names you might hesitate to wear proudly on a jersey.

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

Something In Common

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

"He played Rick in Casablanca, and it's also one stroke over par in golf." Crossword puzzlers will delight in this game's clues, which appear to be about two very different things, but the answer to which is, in fact, the same. If you knew the answer to the clue above was "Bogey," this game will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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