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Small Objects Reveal 'The Real Jane Austen'

In her new book, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, author Paula Byrne shows how everyday objects helped shape Austen's life and literature. One example, a topaz cross, a cherished gift to Austen from her brother, plays an important role in Mansfield Park.
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The Answer Lies Within

Every answer is a three-letter word that ends a familiar two-word phrase. You will be given the first word of the phrase. You provide the three-letter word that ends it.
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The Movie Roman Coppola Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-director Roman Coppola could watch Woody Allen's Stardust Memories a million times. "It's a film that is endlessly imaginative and has wonderful surprises at every corner," he says.
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Countdown Nears to 3MF Deadline

A reminder that our Three-Minute Fiction writing contest ends tomorrow night at 11:59PM EST. The challenge this time around, chosen by novelist and judge Mona Simpson, is to write a story in the form of a voicemail message.
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Manufactured On YouTube, Teen Pop Star Searches For His True Voice

The road tour is a well-known backdrop in American novels and one Teddy Wayne explores in his new novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. Along the way, Jonny, a teen heartthrob, explores the pressures of celebrity at a young age.
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What To Do With All That Snow? Cook It

If your front yard is buried under drifts, treat yourself to some snow cuisine. It's like making lemons out of lemonade — just steer clear of any lemon-colored snow outside, please. Sugar on snow and snow cream are two sweet places to start.
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Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

Valentine's Day is coming up, and if you don't have a date — don't worry. There's help for everybody out there. Everybody. We've invited Badu to answer three questions about super-specialized dating sites.
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The Scottish Play (The Olivier Way)

British stage and screen legend Laurence Olivier had always hoped to produce his own film version of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Now, decades after Olivier's death, a researcher has stumbled across his lost screen treatment of "the Scottish play."
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Literary Types Find Love In 'The New York Review Of Books'

The magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It's famous for its rigorous writing and ability to attract literary stars — but also for its quirky personal ads, where "squalid Sydney wombats" and "Antediluvian Mariners" seek "foxy cougars" and "street-credible jacobins."

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