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May 27, 2014 - 12:00am

The summer-movie slate looks like a typically airheaded one, from Land of the Lost to the naughty new spoof Bruno. But fear not: We found a few dramas — even some foreign weepies — to help tide you over.

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Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

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Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?.

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'Over Easy' Serves Up Savory Memories Of A Vintage Diner

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Mimi Pond's graphic memoir is a rose (or in this case aqua) tinted recollection of her time waitressing at a bohemian diner in Oakland in the 1970s. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says it's a sweet tribute.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

April 16, 2014 - 5:44pm

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

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Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

April 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.

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New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art

April 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

April 16, 2014 - 3:24pm

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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Lusting For Spring In Our Hearts

April 16, 2014 - 11:32am

We do grouse about the weather, it's true. But it's miraculous, if you think about it, that we still manage to get excited about spring at all, given that it happens every year.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

April 16, 2014 - 9:01am

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

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Drag Is Raw: Wrestlers, Queens And Gender As Performance Art

April 16, 2014 - 8:28am

Libby Hill looks at the worlds of televised drag competition and professional wrestling, and finds that the flash, art and gender performance of the forms make them more alike than they might seem.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult

April 16, 2014 - 7:52am

Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.

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'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa

April 16, 2014 - 3:38am

The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

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Sous Vide Makes Its Way To The Home Kitchen

April 16, 2014 - 12:18am

This cooking method — a strange mix of the precise and the forgiving — means never having to worry about rubbery, overcooked meats. But mind your eyebrows while you're holding the blowtorch.

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In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

April 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.

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Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

April 15, 2014 - 3:28pm

Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

April 15, 2014 - 2:33pm

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.

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Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

April 15, 2014 - 2:25pm

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't

April 15, 2014 - 2:15pm

When TV decides to adapt a movie, it can do it in a couple of different ways. The success of FX's adaptation of Fargo and the problems with CBS's adaptation of Bad Teacher make telling examples.

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The Fist, The Shield And The Gun

April 15, 2014 - 2:11pm

The violence of Captain America is very different from the martial-arts violence of The Raid 2. Chris Klimek considers how the nature and explicitness of violence changes the way we perceive it.

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Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address'

April 15, 2014 - 11:11am

The Address follows an intensive program that teaches kids with learning difficulties to recite the Gettysburg Address. And in doing so, it raises some tough questions about resources.

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