Arts

5:03pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Movie Reviews

When The Wedding Is Just The Beginning

Just about everything clicks in director Ira Sachs' quietly eloquent Love is Strange, except the title. The longtime romance of painter Ben (John Lithgow) and music teacher George (Alfred Molina) doesn't seem at all odd. The men's lives, however, do take a sudden turn away from the ordinary.

The story begins in a mysterious flurry of morning activity that's soon explained. After Ben and George's nearly four decades together, same-sex marriage has become legal in New York, and the men have decided to take what hardly seems a plunge.

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5:03pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Movie Reviews

'The One I Love': A Marriage That's Not Quite What It Appears

Before Charlie McDowell's fantastical debut feature The One I Love descends completely down the rabbit hole, it begins with a more everyday kind of dream. Ethan (Mark Duplass), trying to rekindle the romance in his failing marriage to Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), hopes that one magic night might do the trick. To celebrate their anniversary, he gets Sophie to re-create the night the two met, when they sneaked into a stranger's backyard to swim in their pool, only to be caught by the homeowner.

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4:10pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Code Switch

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

How should book sellers promote diverse content? Examine their biases, and get other folks to examine their biases, too.
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This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

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2:01pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Book Reviews

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:56 am

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11:32am

Thu August 21, 2014
Monkey See

'Let's Be Cops,' But Then What?

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:52 pm

Duuuuuuude! Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson explore the whimsical fun of petty tyranny in Let's Be Cops.
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[This piece contains plot details from Let's Be Cops. It is not a movie about its plot details, but there you have it.]

The word is out on the buddy comedy Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson — both enormously charming actors on Fox's New Girl. And what is the word? That the movie is not good, and the movie is rather atrociously timed, given that we are not in a place in the news cycle where people are enormously amused by stories about goofball police officers threatening people with nonfunctioning guns.

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10:46am

Thu August 21, 2014
Extras: TED Radio Hour

Playlist: Family Reunion

These stories will get you ready for your own family reunion this summer.
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We made playlists of TED Radio Hour stories that will keep you curious about big ideas throughout the summer.

It's time for a TED Radio Hour family reunion. This playlist will remind you of the special connections a family shares — through both the good and hard times.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

9:29am

Thu August 21, 2014
Extras: TED Radio Hour

Mistakes In Medicine: Dr. Brian Goldman Answers Your Questions

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:45 am

Dr. Brian Goldman speaking at TEDxToronto.
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Brian Goldman is an emergency room physician who has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto for more than 20 years. He's also a prominent medical journalist and the host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art. He says every doctor makes mistakes but medicine's culture of denial keeps doctors from talking about and learning from those mistakes.

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7:50am

Thu August 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

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

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3:34am

Thu August 21, 2014
Movies

A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

Robert Rodriguez ventures into Hollywood for the premiere of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
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Robert Rodriguez's newest film, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, is about to hit theaters — it's a 3-D crime thriller based on Frank Miller's graphic novel series, laden with booze, broads and bullets.

But Rodriguez has also made comedic spaghetti Westerns, vampire flicks and four Spy Kids movies, about a young brother-sister duo of super sleuths — all from his home base in Austin, Texas.

He has been in and out of Hollywood recently, though, putting the finishing touches on Sin City 2.

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5:31pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Book Reviews

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 9:30 am

A father takes his three sons to a hypnotist's show. Called onto the stage, the father's cool self-possession and confidence seem to prevail, and he walks away, claiming no effect. They leave the show, he drops his sons off and drives away. We learn later that he has taken his passport and emptied the family bank account. The boys will not see him again until they are adults.

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