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Book News & Features
7:03 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel like reading a book.
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The end of the world sure is taking a long time. Ever since the breakout success of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel The Road, America has been degraded, devastated, and decimated time and time again — at least, on the page. Granted, McCarthy didn't invent post-apocalyptic fiction. But he helped spark a literary trend that shows no signs of abating.

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Commentary
5:58 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Can You Spot The Fake Fragonard?

A visitor views a replica of Jean-Honore Fragonard's 18th century painting, Young Woman (right) as the original hangs to its left.
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Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

I'm not sure a picture is worth a thousand words. But why do some pictures sell for millions and others that seem identical go for just a few dollars?

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Movie Interviews
5:34 am
Sat May 2, 2015

At 81, The Man Behind Big Bird Sees 'No Reason To Quit'

The documentary I Am Big Bird tells the story of Caroll Spinney (left), who has been the man inside the yellow suit for more than 40 years.
Tribeca Film

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

Big Bird, the towering yellow bird with confetti feathers from Sesame Street, will eternally be 6 years old, but his character is nearly 50. The man behind Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, is 81 — and has no plans to step out of the suit any time soon.

"I see no reason to quit," Spinney tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I can't imagine walking away from being Big Bird. I mean, that's an awfully good job, and there's not too many of them. So, I just want to keep doing it until I can't do it anymore."

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Movie Reviews
3:42 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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Arts
1:59 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Potter Daniel Johnston, Poet Rhett Iseman Trull, "Writing To Heal," and "The Hunting Ground"

Potter Daniel Johnston in his studio.
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