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Smith Henderson explains the title of “Fourth of July Creek”

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Smith Henderson’s debut novel, “Fourth of July Creek,” is the best novel I’ve read so far this year. Today’s holiday gives me a chance to ask him about that title and how it relates to our national ideals. Here’s what he told me: “Fourth of July Creek” is an important physical location in the book. […]

Sheri Fink wins SIBA nonfiction prize

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Even as Hurricane Arthur rips along the East Coast, today Sheri Fink won the nonfiction prize from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for “Five Days at Memorial” (Crown), her book about the deadly treatment of patients at the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Show More Summary

‘Seinfeld’ debuted 25 years ago, yada yada yada, it remains a cultural giant

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Wednesday, July 5, 1989, may have marked the beginning of the end of “watercooler TV.” In the middle of the summer 25 years ago, NBC aired the pilot for a show one of its own executives had criticized as, “Too New York, too Jewish.” Test audiences were even more blunt: “You can’t get too excited […]

Dubstep & ballet surrender to “Enemy Within”

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Put a viral dubstepping star in a room with a top-tier ballerina and music by a hiphop emcee and what do you get? Here’s a teaser: A daring and appealing short film called “Enemy Within” brings Marquese “Nonstop” Scott–the ingeniously slinky YouTube sensation–together with New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, Matthew Rushing, the soulful […]

Chris Colfer’s (fake) tweet that he’s leaving ‘Glee’ briefly wreaks havoc

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Well, it’s the day before a national holiday, so naturally there’s going to be some weird news in the entertainment industry. On Thursday afternoon, “Glee” star Chris Colfer apparently tweeted that he had been let go from the Fox series. Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations […]

Adam Levine continues his wild career with first movie role in ‘Begin Again’

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Wearing long sleeves in the boiling heat of New York City last summer, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine started to think that maybe his full-body tattoos weren’t such a great idea. Acting in his first-ever movie role in the music dramedy “Begin Again,” playing a musician who experiences ups and downs on the roller […]

Publisher thinks big about small and free

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No matter how rusty you are at the Dewey Decimal System, you can quickly get your bearings in a Little Free Library. These very small buildings — or very large bird houses — offer books on a take-one-leave-one basis. Since this quixotic idea took hold in Wisconsin in 2009, around 15,000 diminutive collections have started operating […]

VIDEO: Romance author Sarah MacLean answers the age-old question: ‘What is a beach read?’

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  “We’re thinking about something that is just as decadent as sitting in the sun and eating ice cream or putting on our flip flops and going for a long walk. We want that beach read to evoke confection. We want it to make us feel like we’re being bad, a little, but at the […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 5, Episode 4: ‘Once you know something…’

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Warning: This recap contains spoilers. OK, Liars, I think that’s enough Internet for the day! This week’s episode illustrated the perils of too much screen time, from Aria watching Shana’s funeral service online to Ali reading the comments (tsk-tsk) left by scorned peers after her “death.” Spencer made a suspicious Google search while trying to figure […]

Fuzzy feminism: Same old girl power, but without the glamor or the fantasy

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Fuzzy feminism preaches that a woman is perfect just as she is. It soothes the soul. And it’s good for business. The latest advertising campaign that falls into the fuzzy feminism category launched last week with the stated goal of improving girls’ self-esteem while also reminding folks that words can grind away at a kid’s well-being. Show More Summary

From Granta to ‘Freeman’s’

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When I first met John Freeman years ago, he was rumored to be the most productive book reviewer in the country. As president of the National Book Critics Circle, he shook that organization out of its slumber. And then he went on to edit Granta, drawing in dozens of prominent writers and raising the magazine’s prominence around […]

Kelsey Grammer joins Twitter to harass people about proper grammar

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Staying true to his namesake, Kelsey Grammer joined Twitter this week for one purpose: To harass people about proper use of grammar. (Okay, it’s probably also to plug his new movie, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but that’s not as fun.) Anyway, his rep confirmed that the Twitter verification is accurate: It really is the “Cheers”/”Frasier” […]

Pippa Middleton ‘Today’ interview, Part 2: Excuse to show adorable Prince George photos

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NBC’s highly-hyped exclusive “Today” show interview with Pippa Middleton (sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; sister-in-law to Prince William) was billed as a two-parter. That was technically true, as the show aired more footage on Tuesday morning. However, it was extremely brief, and appeared to serve one purpose: An excuse to show more adorable photos […]

‘Community’ will never die; Yahoo picks up the former-NBC comedy for a sixth season

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Quick, someone make a chart — has “Community” experienced the most amount of drama for a TV show with the fewest number of viewers? Even without statistical analysis we’re going to go ahead and say “yes.” For a low-rated series that was a surprise to survive its first few seasons on NBC and later had many well-publicized issues […]

Adam Richman’s new show pulled from Travel Channel in wake of crude Instagram rant

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About a week after Travel Channel’s star Adam Richman got into a nasty war of words on Instagram over a picture related to his recent weight loss, the network has pulled his upcoming series, “Man Finds Food,” from the schedule. The show, featuring Richman uncovering “delicious hidden food treasures” across the country, was supposed to […]

Pippa Middleton is just like us. Or so she says on worldwide ‘Today’ show interview.

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Pippa Middleton speaks! Literally, she spoke — for the first time ever on television, as the “Today” show was quick to remind us several times during its worldwide exclusive interview that aired Monday morning. Pippa — sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; sister-in-law of Prince William; aunt of Prince George — sat down with Matt Lauer because […]

Novellas that bravely go where no one has gone before

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Naturally, the people who tell us about intergalactic travel and robot romance have no fear of newfangled publishing formats. After all, the Web, the e-book, the hyperlinked novel — they’re all science fiction come true. And science fiction readers have been some of the most passionate early adaptors. One of the biggest planets in this solar system is Tor.com, […]

BET Awards: List of winners and highlights, including Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Lil Wayne

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The 2014 BET Awards (or as host Chris Rock called it, the “Black World Cup”) ran for almost four hours on Sunday night. Awarding black artists in the entertainment industry, the annual ceremony encompassed everything you could want in an award show. That included tons of over-the-top performances; ’90s throwback songs; awkward jokes about people […]

‘The Leftovers’ recap: After a ‘Sudden Departure,’ things are grim

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HBO’s new series “The Leftovers,” as you may have heard, is quite the bleak drama. The premiere picks up three years after 2 percent of the world’s population — 140 million people — evaporated into thin air for no rhyme or reason. The show begins to deftly illustrate the many ways the horrifying event affects the citizens of […]

Join us for a conversation with romance author Sarah MacLean

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Looking for a great summer read? Want to find the perfect book for your beach trip? Staycation? Road trip? Need help navigating summer’s lighter fare? Ask romance author Sarah MacLean. The best-selling author of the “Love By Numbers” trilogy, which includes “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake,” will talk about her picks for all-time favorite […]

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