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Book News: Floating Library To Open On New York's Hudson River

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Also: Sheila Heti on making art; Nick Cannon enters the (already heavily populated) world of celebrity children's books.

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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

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John Oliver And Cookie Monster, On The News Beat

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Just in time for the back-to-school season, funny newsman John Oliver and incorrigible consumer Cookie Monster co-anchor a news special on words.

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After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Also: the man who dug through John Updike's trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.

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Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

Friday, August 29, 2014

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; health care and the modern writer.

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Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Finally Make It Official

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The A-list couple tied the knot Saturday in a private ceremony in France.

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

Monday, August 25, 2014

Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

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'More That Could Have Been Done' To Help Foley, His Brother Says

Friday, August 22, 2014

Faulting the U.S. approach to hostage situations like the one his brother, James Foley, was in, Michael Foley says, "We are sitting on prisoners in Guantanamo. It doesn't even have to be financial."

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Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.

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Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

Friday, August 22, 2014

The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.

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U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, the Government Accountability Office says.

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Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

Friday, August 22, 2014

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

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Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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'I Am Thrilled To Be Alive': American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol have gone through "a rigorous course of treatment and thorough testing," Emory University Hospital's Dr. Bruce Ribner says.

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Beheading Video Sets Off Debate Over How — Or Whether — To Portray It

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A video that shows an American journalist being beheaded by extremist militants has sparked outrage, along with arguments over whether the images should be restricted online.

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