Blockbusters and Bombs

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Peter Bart, a former film executive and the editor-in-chief of Variety, explores what makes some movies blockbusters, and others bombs. Then, a travel writer describes his harrowing journey through the Sahara. And we’ll we’ll find out how the hunt for terrorist cells is putting a damper on science experiments people conduct in their homes. Plus: a new biography of Henry Ward Beecher.

From Blockbusters to Bombs

Peter Bart, the editor-in-chief of Variety and a former film executive himself, explains why there’s no such thing as a sure-fire formula for box office success. His new book is Boffo!.

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Peter Bart's documentary, Boffo! will primiere on HBO
Thursday, June ...


Men of Salt

In Men of Salt, travel writer Michael Benanav describes his harrowing journey by camel through a stretch of the Sahara known as the "The Land of Thirst."

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Events: Michael Benanav will be appearing
Tuesday, June 27 at 7 pm
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Don't Try This at Home

Steve Silberman explains how legislation meant to keep dangerous chemicals out of the hands of terrorists is having a chilling effect on amateur science experiments—experiments that have inspired future scientists and led to important discoveries in the past. Mr. Silberman’s article "Don’t Try This at Home" appears in ...


The Life of Henry Ward Beecher

Debby Applegate examines the life of Henry Ward Beecher—Harriet Beecher Stowe's brother, and one of America’s last important Puritan ministers—in The Most Famous Man in America.

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