FX’s ‘The Strain’ — Teaser Trailer
May29

FX’s ‘The Strain’ — Teaser Trailer

  FX has released a new teaser trailer for its upcoming horror series “The Strain.” Featuring the creative talents of Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse, the series is an adaptation of three vampire horror novels written by del Toro and Hogan that came out between 2009 and...

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Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
May28

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou, who died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Charlie Pierce in Esquire: In all matters of race, I generally hew to the warning given long ago by Adam Clayton Powell, who said, “Beware of...

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Chipolte Adds Celebrity-Written Essays To Cups And Bags
May15

Chipolte Adds Celebrity-Written Essays To Cups And Bags

Now you can enjoy your burrito and absorb a little culture… Chipotle has just released a series of soda cups and take-out bags printed with “two-minute readings” from authors like Toni Morrison, George Saunders and Malcolm Gladwell and celebrities like Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow. A press release explains that the packaging stunt is called “Cultivating Thought” and it is the result of a...

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: What I’ve Learned (Esquire)
Apr19

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: What I’ve Learned (Esquire)

Esquire’s Cal Fussman pays tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “The one man I wish I could have interviewed died yesterday. But his wisdom, collected here, will live on.” People often ask me: Who have you never been able to interview for the What I’ve Learned column that you’d most like to spend time with? That man died yesterday. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Well, he didn’t really die. Nobody who writes great literature...

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‘Captain Underpants’ Creates Library Stink
Apr17

‘Captain Underpants’ Creates Library Stink

The American Library Association has released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books. “Captain Underpants?” Seriously? 1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence Pilkey said in a statement: [It's surprising] that a series with no sex, no nudity, no drugs, no profanity and no more violence than a Superman cartoon has caused such an...

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2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners In The Arts
Apr15

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners In The Arts

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges’ comments (The Associated Press): Fiction: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown), a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart. Finalists: “The...

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