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'Far From The Madding Crowd': Counterprogramming Writ Victorian

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the new movie version of Thomas Hardy's Victorian romance, Far From The Madding Crowd.
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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."
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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.
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Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy's modern, forward-thinking heroine.
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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 30, 2015

Tuvan throat singers come to the D.C. area and local artists open their doors to visitors.

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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.
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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.
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These Parents Make Lovely Lunch Bag Art. Not Everyone Is Pleased

Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings recreated using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 29, 2015

Artists unite to send good vibes to Nepal and a local choral group presents a concert of Broadway classics.

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