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7:03 am
Sat February 9, 2013

A Pale Imitation Of Magic In 'Scent Of Darkness'

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Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that what's generally referred to — often disdainfully — as "women's fiction" (not quite literature, not quite romance, definitely not Fifty Shades of Grey) is really a catch-all category into which almost any literary genre will fit.

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Books
6:37 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Life, Love And Undeath In The 'Lemon Grove'

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Karen Russell has a new short-story collection out, her first book since 2011's best-selling Swamplandia! The stories range from senior citizen vampires sucking lemons and wondering about their future, to a war veteran whose wounds are both locked up inside, and bright and bold across his body.

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Author Interviews
6:37 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Healing 'Brick City': A Newark Doctor Returns Home

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Sampson Davis was born and raised in Newark, N.J. He is an emergency medicine physician and a founder, with two childhood friends, of The Three Doctors Foundation.
Rainer Hosch Spiegel&Grau

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

When Sampson Davis was in high school, he and two of his friends made a pact that they would someday become doctors. All three of them did. Along with those friends — and now fellow doctors — George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt, Davis co-authored a 2003 book called The Pact, about that promise and the way it shaped their lives.

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Books
6:37 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Literary Types Find Love In 'The New York Review Of Books'

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Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

There are a lot of places these days to look for all kinds of love, especially online. But what's an aging intellectual who loves William Gass, Philip Glass and a good merlot to do?

The distinguished New York Review of Books celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. It is noted for its rigorous writing and stellar cerebral lit stars — and its personal ads.

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Theater
6:37 am
Sat February 9, 2013

The Scottish Play (The Olivier Way)

Laurence Olivier, seen here in his film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, also intended to create a film version of Macbeth.
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Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Laurence Olivier, whose interpretations of Shakespeare's signature roles were often considered definitive, adapted several of those roles for film. He wrote and directed widely praised versions of Hamlet, Henry V and Richard III.

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Music News
5:45 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Frank Ocean's Big Year, And What Hasn't Changed In Hip-Hop

Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Frank Ocean is set to take a victory lap at this year's Grammys. He's up for six awards for his album Channel Orange, including best new artist, and he'll be performing as well. But just a few months ago, Frank Ocean's music wasn't the story — his sexuality was.

To review: After a listening party for Channel Orange last July, a BBC journalist pointed out that a few of the love songs referenced a "him" where you might have expected to hear "her."

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The Record
5:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Famous Behind The Scenes, A Hitmaker Covets The Spotlight

Producer and songwriter Jeff Bhasker is nominated for four Grammy Awards this weekend, including producer of the year, non-classical division.
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Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:09 pm

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Art & Design
5:06 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Could Reclusive Designer Balenciaga Make It Today?

Cristobal Balenciaga was known as a perfectionist, especially when it came to sleeves. Blume says, "It was perhaps a sign of real personal attention if you were one of the rare clients that he had lunch with, and at the end of the lunch he ripped out [your] sleeve and reset it."
Francois Kollar AP

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 7:37 am

As New York Fashion Week looks ahead to fall 2013, we're taking a moment to look back at one of the 20th century's most well-known designers — and how life as a designer has changed since his time.

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CAJA
2:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

A Beginner's Guide To Fela

  When news broke that the musical stage play "Fela!" was scheduled to hit Charlotte (specifically the Belk Theater) February 25 and 26, folks familiar with the Tony-winning production undoubtedly jumped for joy.

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Planet Money
1:42 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Real Story Of How Macklemore Got 'Thrift Shop' To No. 1

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Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:09 pm

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