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You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening'

2 hours 28 min ago

On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

3 hours 12 min ago

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

6 hours 31 min ago

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter

6 hours 48 min ago

The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.

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'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature

9 hours 31 min ago

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.

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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

10 hours 3 min ago

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

October 22, 2014 - 9:31am

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

October 22, 2014 - 5:51am

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

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Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars

October 22, 2014 - 3:03am

Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky Marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.

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Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

October 22, 2014 - 12:33am

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

October 21, 2014 - 12:27pm

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

October 21, 2014 - 12:27pm

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

October 21, 2014 - 6:07am

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

October 21, 2014 - 3:03am

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

October 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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