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For Hitchens, In Life And Death, An Unaware Cosmos

Christopher Hitchens, the author and essayist who died on Thursday, was known for his assertive atheism. From scathing books about Mother Teresa and God, to the way his final days played out as a debate over the harm or benefit of prayer, his most lasting legacy may be his duel with religion.
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Tracing Ballet's Cultural History Over 400 Years

Ballet's history is not just about choreography and technique — it's also a history of nationalization, the changing ways we view the body, shifting gender norms and class struggles. Historian Jennifer Homans chronicles the art form in a cultural history, Apollo's Angels.
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An 'Impossible' Mission Full Of Fun And Wonder

Director Brad Bird makes his live-action debut with Ghost Protocol, the latest film in the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is "wonderful fun" and "in a different league than its predecessors."
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American Dialect Society To Choose Word Of The Year

Lovers of the English language are coming together to select the coolest word or phrase. Last year, app was voted the word of the year by the American Dialect Society. Now that group of etymologists, writers, historians and other language experts are considering new words for 2011. Linguist Ben Zimmer talks to Renee Montagne to offer his picks for 2011.
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Diablo Cody Explores The Ugly Side Of Pretty In 'Young Adult'

Writer Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for Juno, is back with Young Adult, a dark comedy about a woman who can't let go of her high school self.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 16

Celebrating the season with everyone from Yosi and the Superdads to Irish Ebenezer.

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'Carnage' In The Smart Set, And Self-Inflicted, Too

Two Manhattan couples discover the limits of civility after their sons come to blows in a city park. Roman Polanski's black comedy, based on Yasmina Reza's play, serves up a series of curve balls as the four discover their inner animals.

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