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Two Puerto Rican Chefs Weathered The Worst; Now Honored By The Best

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:23

After hurricanes Irma and Maria, these chefs defied the destruction, kept their restaurants open and fed hungry victims. Will they be finalists for the culinary world's prestigious James Beard Awards?

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'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00

Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book attempts to put all the pieces of the story together.

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Not Just The Boys' Beer Club: Female Crafters Tap Their Skills For Brew Day

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:33

Women around the U.S. joined forces to make batches of beer last week. The event is part of a global initiative to highlight women's growing influence on a traditionally male-dominated industry.

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New Books Revive The Cold Cases Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:32

Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries: Laura Thompson's biography of the sphinxlike Agatha Christie, and I'll Be Gone In The Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara.

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Evil, Antic And Modern, 'The Merry Spinster' Puts A Dark Spin On Fairy Tales

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 04:00

Mallory Ortberg's hyperliterate new story collection turns familiar fairy tales inside out to comment on gender, relationships and the way people manipulate each other.

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The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 01:55

As a major retrospective in Los Angeles shows, the modern American artist got us to take a second look at even common objects like numerals, archery targets and, yes, flags.

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'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:40

Before it could publish an issue on race, the magazine first had to look at its own history. "Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless," writes editor Susan Goldberg.

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French Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:24

Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91. He dressed some of the world's most glamorous women including Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly.

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'The Sparsholt Affair' Confirms Alan Hollinghurst's Status As A Literary Master

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:21

Hollinghurst's new domestic epic leapfrogs across seven decades to examine how the laws of social propriety shape the destinies of a father and son. Critic John Powers says the novel is fascinating.

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Blacklisted From Syria, A Journalist Says: 'I Couldn't Imagine Staying Away'

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:21

Rania Abouzeid has been covering Syria since 2011 — despite the fact that she's been called a spy, placed on wanted lists by Syrian intelligence and banned from entering the country.

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Hubert de Givenchy, Famed Couturier, Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 08:26

Known for designing the little black numbers worn by Audrey Hepburn, a British fashion declared of his first collection: "These dresses remind you of that first, best, glass of champagne."

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French Fashion Designer Givenchy Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 08:21

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy styled some of the world's most fashionable women — icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. He died at age 91 on Saturday.

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'American Idol' Reboot Has 3 Potential Problems, But The Pitch Ain't One

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 02:01

American Idol was a powerful brand before Fox canceled it in 2016. It'll be tough for this new version to reignite interest, but it has one thing going for it: a huge heart.

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In Junot Diaz's 'Islandborn,' A Curious Child Recreates Her Dominican Roots

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 02:00

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new children's book follows Lola, a young Dominican-American who is "haunted by the fact that she was born on an island that she can't remember," Díaz says.

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A New Rail Line In Lahore May Damage Heritage Sites, Activists In Pakistan Warn

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:03

With help from China, Pakistan's government is building a 16-mile-long metro in Lahore to ease traffic. But it comes with a catch. It passes near many of the city's historical buildings.

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In 'No Turning Back,' The 'Epic' Journeys Of Four Syrians In Wartime

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:16

Journalist Rania Abouzeid has had a front-row view of the Syrian conflict since its beginning. Her new book tracks people through the six chaotic years following the first peaceful protests.

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Partition, Through A Child's Eyes, In 'The Night Diary'

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:16

Veera Hiranandani's new book is a coming of age story, for both her half-Muslim, half-Hindu heroine, 12-year-old Nisha, and Nisha's country — which is about to split into India and Pakistan.

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Here's How The Time's Up Legal Defense Fund Actually Works

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:16

The fund was created to help defray the legal costs for women who've been sexually harassed. It's kind of like a matchmaking service that pairs alleged victims with local attorneys.

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An Ode To Leftover Curry: The Next-Day Treasure Of Coastal India

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:00

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, the reason behind kalchi koddi, a tasty staple of Goa.

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Nun Involved In Katy Perry Convent Lawsuit Collapses And Dies In Court

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:26

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who had battled Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over a property sale, was in court for a post-judgment hearing related to the case.

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