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Porridge Aficionados Vie To Make Theirs The Breakfast Of Champions

Once derided as Scottish food better suited to horses than people, porridge these days is more cool than gruel. In the U.K., competitions have porridge lovers battling with their best recipes.
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'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart

In Little Failure, the novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the U.S. when he was 7. For the first few years, he says, he would sit alone in the cafeteria, talking to himself in Russian.
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Inconsistent Memories Are Revisited In 'The Affair,' A Captivating New Drama

The Showtime show is about two people who betray their spouses and fall into a relationship. It's told from more than one perspective, and the actors are so likable, you forgive them their trespasses.
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In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

Director Damien Chazelle's second film centers on the agony of a drummer in a high-powered music school. The movie ties you into knots: The fear of failure is omnipresent. So is the jazz vibe.
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Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack

Garment-making once thrived in the South. Two acclaimed designers are trying to bring it back with a field-to-garment concept, creating a clothing line from their own organic cotton grown in Alabama.
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Where's Thor When You Need Her? Women In Comics Fight An Uphill Battle

The new female Thor has picked up her hammer, but the mainstream comics industry is still experiencing some growing pains as it figures out where women fit in as characters, creators and fans.
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Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

In the new play Colossal, a former football player, paralyzed after taking a bad hit during a game, reflects on his glory days and his struggles as a gay man in the macho culture of football.
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Customers Can Keep The Tip — Which Might Please Restaurant Workers

A handful of restaurants are experimenting with no-tipping models, guaranteeing their servers a base level of pay. So far, satisfaction is up and turnover is down.
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Smen Is Morocco's Funky Fermented Butter That Lasts For Years

Like Indian ghee, smen evolved as a way to keep a tasty cooking fat around for a long time. But smen is blessed with a flavor and aroma that's a lot like blue cheese.
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The Indian Film Scene Diversifies, Even As Bollywood Dominates

When you hear about Indian film, you most often hear about the sprawling Indian film scene. But young filmmakers with other points of view are making a splash of their own.

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