Arts

7:03am

Sat November 15, 2014
Book Reviews

Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

The essay, some time in its long journey from Samuel Johnson's "loose sally of the mind, an irregular undigested piece," has become something that can be persuasive instead of discursive, something that slices and gleams, an accumulation of arguments as relentless as the stacking of bricks.

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5:29am

Sat November 15, 2014
Author Interviews

Roger Moore: The Man With The Golden Life

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 1:51 pm

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Sir Roger Moore has been The Saint, one of the Persuaders, and, of course, James Bond. But he calls himself One Lucky Bastard, which is the title of this memoir about a life spent working and laughing alongside the likes of Tony Curtis, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, Diana Dors, David Niven — and many more.

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5:51pm

Fri November 14, 2014
This Week's Must Read

After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:26 pm

On Sunday morning as I cast my vote in the Catalan election, I thought of the day that George Orwell arrived in Barcelona. It was the day after Christmas in 1936 and Spain was in the midst of a terrifying and utterly chaotic civil war.

Orwell was shot in the throat and barely survived to tell the tale of what he saw, but survive he did, and in 1938 Homage to Catalonia, his personal account of the near six months he spent on the front lines of the Spanish Revolution, was published to little attention. In fact, it wasn't published in the United States until 1952.

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4:28pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Movie Interviews

'National Gallery' Offers A Lingering Look At Art

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:34 pm

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3:04pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Movie Reviews

Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:34 pm

Steve Carell ditches any pretense of comedy in Foxcatcher.
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What do you get when you mix big-deal comedians with real-life calamities? Sounds like a joke, but Steve Carell and Jon Stewart are answering that question this week in their movies Foxcatcher and Rosewater. And it turns out, seriousness suits them.

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1:56pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

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1:56pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Television

'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series of the same name, and added new material largely inspired by experiences they had with their own mothers.

Originally aired Dec. 23, 2013.

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10:35am

Fri November 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: In Support Of Persecuted Colleagues, Writers Turn To Letters

Alain Mabanckou, a French novelist born in the Republic of Congo, wrote a letter to support Cameroonian poet Dieudonne Enoh Meyomesse.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Saturday marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, a day of remembrance on behalf of persecuted writers across the world. Now in its 33rd year, the event was hatched by PEN International to support and, in many instances, seek to free those writers now threatened because of their work.

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9:45am

Fri November 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Hetain Patel's TED Talk

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

About Hetain Patel

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9:45am

Fri November 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

"Stand-up comedy is really like therapy ... by finding the funny in it, it helps you cope" — Maz Jobrani
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Maz Jobrani's TED Talk

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

About Maz Jobrani

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