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    Sayed Kashua on sadness and sin in the Holy Land.
  • Marion Cotillard

    A Beautiful Mind

    Marion Cotillard on motherhood, the 1 percent, and her ‘Rust and Bone’ role that will make you do a double take.
  • Blackta

    Beyond Othello

    Two plays tackle color and character on the British stage
  • Cairo

    Drunk In Cairo

    From whisky at the Windsor to Baladi bars, Lawrence Osborne gets sloshed in the new Islamist Egypt.
  • Vintage Ralph Lauren

    Americana Redux

    Sitting in a deluxe meeting room in an office in midtown Manhattan, David Lauren, an executive vice president of the Ralph Lauren Corp. and second son of the famous designer, does something you wouldn’t expect of a fashion executive: he reveals that the elegant suit he has on—double-breasted and wide-lapelled in navy-blue wool, worn with a pin-dotted tie—is in fact 20 years old. He’s not begging for a raise or showing off his thrift. He is demonstrating a truth about this moment in world culture: that the old is new and the new looks old and there’s no need to choose between them—and that his company is on the crest of this cultural wave. The suit was designed by his father, and any wear that it’s showing after all these years is like “the patina of a great pickup truck,” he says, since the brand “is always rooted in the classics—it’s about history.”
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    And the Winner Is: Katherine Boo

    A descent into the Mumbai slums climbs to literary heights as it nabs the National Book Award. The author speaks to Lucas Wittmann.
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    Ang Lee

    The ‘Life of Pi’ director on his greatest balancing act.
  • Proof of Heaven

    The Science of Heaven

    Can consciousness exist when the body fails? One neurosurgeon says he has seen it firsthand—and takes on critics who vehemently disagree.
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    The Psycho of Hollywood

    Director Alfred Hitchcock gulped martinis, treated actors like cattle, and lusted after his leading ladies. Will a new film starring Anthony Hopkins reveal the man behind the movies?
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    The Story of Joe

    He stars in the epic film ‘Lincoln,’ but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a passion for tales that are equally as ambitious—though a little bit shorter.
  • Election Rehab

    Election Rehab

    Twenty cultural events tailor-made for recovering political addicts.
  • Veterans Who Write books

    Pens at the Ready

    Lucas Wittmann, Jimmy So, Doug Stanton and Nick Mancusi on the best of today's war books written by veterans.
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    Anne Panning charts the evolution of an earnest Midwestern metropolis.
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    Bond is Back

    Shake us. Stir us. James Bond is back and cooler than ever. The iconic spy at 50. By Simon Schama.
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    Jeeves at the Pierre

    Want a treadmill in your hotel room? Or egg whites at 4 a.m.? Meet New York's ‘royal attachés' who fulfill guests' every whim.
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    The Snack-Food Trap

    Science is now proving what we’ve long suspected: we’re hard-wired to want the foods that are worst for us.
  • Among the Islands

    5 Armchair Getaways

    Is winter weather keeping you inside? From the Pacific Islands to the American West, these books will take your far, far away.
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    Connie Britton

    The ‘Nashville’ star on getting yelled at by Ed Asner.
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    Taylor Swift, Unplugged

    With the release of her fourth album, ‘Red,’ 22-year-old Swift sounds off on love and feminism.
  • Detroit Tigers

    Poppin’ Bottles

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum can dodge a line drive, but the two-time Cy Young winner was no match for a cork that nailed him in the face in a postgame celebration caught on television.
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    Revolutionary Snark

    Nobel winner Mo Yan and the magical realism of China's micro-blogging platform Weibo. By Melinda Liu.
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    Does ‘Cloud Atlas’ Soar?

    A megawatt cast attempts to bring the grand scheme of David Mitchell's complex novel to life. Reviewed by film critic David Ansen.
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    Patricia Hampl on a gray streetscape that one day burst into color.
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    Ambitious and energetic, Shanghai more than merits the nickname Shang Kong. But the mainland city is co-opting more than just the colonial hub’s commercial savvy. Businessmen here are aping their Cantonese counterparts by keeping a bevy of on-demand girlfriends and paying their bills in exchange for their love and loyalty. Welcome to Shanghai’s newest neighborhood: Mistressville.
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    Miami’s Bloody Streets

    Race, art, and crime seethe in Tom Wolfe’s new portrait of a metropolis. By Michael Moynihan.
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    Tombstone Tourism

    In the last decade, people across the country have begun flocking to these old necropolises, lured by everything from photography workshops to movies.
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    Dwyane Wade

    The Miami Heat guard on the phone call that changed his life.
  • Ankara Turkey


    Elif Shafak discovers creativity just off Authoritarian Street.
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    Illicit Loves

    Four new fall novels explore our desires and fears. By Jimmy So, Lucy Scholes and Nicholas Mancusi.