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With A Spelling-Bee Subversion, Jason Bateman Breaks Bad

The Arrested Development actor stars in his own directorial debut as a 40-year-old middle-school dropout who decides — for a hidden motive — to compete in a national spelling bee.
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When You Befriend A Killer, You Can't Not Write About It

In 2008, Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter and led police on a week-long chase. Turned out he wasn't a Rockefeller at all, he was an impostor who happened to be friends with writer Walter Kirn.
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Amtrak Opens The Door To Writing On The Rails

On Twitter, some writers started asking the same question: Wouldn't it be great if Amtrak offered "residencies" to writers, so they could ride the rails and write? And Amtrak said: Let's try it.
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Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise

Did you know how fast these green shoots, the season's iconic vegetable, can grow? Or that they come in male and female versions? Or that what we eat in the U.S. is mostly now grown abroad?
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A Major In Coffee? UC Davis Might Be Brewing One Up

The California university is already famous for its wine and beer programs. Coffee seemed like a natural next step. It's new Coffee Center aims to break down the science behind the perfect cup of Joe.
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Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing

With apps like Spritz and Spreeder, speed-reading is all the rage. But maybe the solution is writing faster: Decide important things. Write those. Understand?
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Did Juan Pablo Galavis Bomb As 'The Bachelor'?

Some media critics and television fans hoped that casting Juan Pablo Galavis as The Bachelor would bring diversity to ABC's hit reality show. But now many are asking if his performance was a letdown.
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Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There

Learning to garden and cook with cheap, healthful produce helped JuJu Harris survive while raising seven kids on public assistance. In a new cookbook, she shares her tips for struggling moms.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 13

You can see a series of African films at a local festival or check out an award-winning play about relationships, support, and the struggle to keep one’s inner demons at bay.

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Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street

For years, the relationship only went one way: from stage to screen. But this spring, four big musicals are based on films, including favorites like Rocky, Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County.

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