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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Book News: Justice Department Says Apple Led Price-Fixing Ring

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. He died later that year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 8:54 am

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

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed May 15, 2013

West Meets Midwest In Tom Drury's Quirky 'Pacific'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:44 am

There are novels you read to find out what happens next, and novels you read to linger in the moment. Tom Drury's new book, Pacific, falls squarely in the second category. Drury started writing about the inhabitants of fictional Grouse County in 1994, in The End of Vandalism, and continued with 2000's Hunts in Dreams. But to call Pacific a sequel implies that you need to read the first two installments to fully invest in this slight, beguiling third. You don't.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

Marcia E. Wilson

I've been following Easy Rawlins since reading Devil in a Blue Dress in the '90s. That's a lot of time to give to a character. And as I read Little Green, I realized that I hadn't been following Easy, the character, all these years. In the past I was more invested in other parts of the stories.

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The Record
3:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Robots In Ecstasy: Daft Punk's 'Memories' Embraces The Pleasure Principle

On May 21, Daft Punk will release Random Access Memories, the duo's first album since 2005.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:11 pm

"Give life back to music," coo the robots on the first track of Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories, which showed up yesterday on iTunes after a long period of near-hysterical anticipation and advance marketing. Does the veteran Parisian dance music duo succeed in doing this on its first album in eight years?

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Movie Interviews
1:22 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Gerwig, Baumbach Poke At Post-College Pangs

Director Noah Baumbach has made a name for himself with films such as The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding.
Wilson Webb IFC Films

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 2:33 pm

In the film Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig stars as the title character, a 27-year-old living a good but not particularly successful post-college life in New York City.

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Monkey See
12:28 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters

Angelina Jolie, seen here in April, wrote in The New York Times about her double mastectomy.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:34 pm

Pop culture does not mean celebrity culture; I have perhaps said this more often than anyone you're going to meet. Who dates, who gets a divorce, who has a tantrum, who has surreptitious photos snapped of him by mangy, grim opportunists — these things are not culture of any kind, popular or otherwise, unless there is something else at stake. They are curiosities, and given that we are curious creatures, their pull is not surprising, nor is it new, nor was it invented by the internet, or television, or Americans.

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Book Reviews
9:06 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Black In America: A Story Rendered In Gray Scale

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is also the author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Beowulf Sheehan Random House

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:00 pm

American literature has plenty of coming-of-age novels. What we need more of, judging by the strengths of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new book, are novels about coming to America. In particular, books that address our biggest problems — in this case, race. Because things natives don't see about themselves often stand out like neon to foreign eyes. And if you think racism expired when President Obama was elected, this is perhaps not — or absolutely is — the book for you.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Book News: Amazon Debuts Its Virtual Currency

The new Amazon Coins are making some people in the publishing world a little uncomfortable.
Courtesy of Amazon.com

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

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Literary Werewolf Tale 'Red Moon' Sheds A Dim Light

David Woods iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:43 am

One need pick up on only a hint of the zeitgeist to know that monsters that once worried their careers had peaked in B-movies of the '50s are now enjoying a sustained resurgence. On screens and in the "Teen Paranormal Romance" section of Barnes and Noble, supernatural creatures of all stripes battle for the hearts (or throats) of our homecoming queens.

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Author Interviews
3:28 am
Tue May 14, 2013

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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