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Speedy Toy Cars Blur The Boundaries Of Sculpture

Metropolis II is a giant model of a city with 1,200 colorful little cars zooming at lightning speed around it. The 10-foot-tall piece basically fills up a room, and accidents can happen at any time. Artist Chris Burden decided early in his career that "movement, performance in a certain sense, was the core of sculpture."
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'In Our Prime'? What It Means To Be Middle-Aged

Is 60 the new 40? In her new book, Patricia Cohen (age 51!) explores the origin and evolution of middle age. "I like to say that middle age is something of a 'Never Never Land,'" she says. "Younger people never want to enter it, and older people never want to leave it once they get there."
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Second To Last

Think of a word that can follow a given word to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first two letters of the word must be the second and last letters, respectively, of the given word. For example, given "fallen," the answer would be "angel."
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Alan Bennett Defies Expectations With 'Smut'

The author says he knows his readers think of him as cozy and genteel. So he's decided to shake them up a bit with a new book of two short stories.
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Wim Wenders On 'Pina': A Dance Documentary In 3-D

Germany's official entry at the 84th Oscars is Pina, a documentary showcasing the groundbreaking work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch. Director Wim Wenders discusses Bausch, representing dance on screen, and working in 3-D.
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Is It Time For You To Go On An 'Information Diet'?

"If we want to make media better then we've got to start consuming better media," says open-source-Internet activist Clay Johnson. His new book, The Information Diet, makes the case for more "conscious consumption" of news and information.
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Comedian David Cross Plays Not My Job

David Cross is one of those guys who show up and make everything they're in a whole lot funnier — from Arrested Development to Kung Fu Panda to his IFC series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. We'll ask Cross three questions about defeated Republican hopefuls you've probably never heard of.
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Eddie George Trades Touchdowns For Togas

The Heisman Trophy-winning football player has moved from the field to the stage. He's pursuing an acting career and plays the title role in Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
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Eisenhower Family Objects To Design For Memorial

The Eisenhower family has asked for a delay in the planning of a memorial for President Dwight Eisenhower. The family says they have differences with architect Frank Gehry's concept for the memorial.

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