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'Shocked': Patricia Volk's Memoir About Beauty And Its Beholders

Even as a child, Patricia Volk knew she would never measure up to her strikingly beautiful mother. But after reading the memoir of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk found a new understanding of beauty that had more to do with personality than a pretty face.
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Book News: Freud's Couch Succumbs To Despair, Ennui

Also: Margaret Atwood on dreams; Martin Amis and Brooklyn hipsters; and previously unseen Hemingway papers.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 7

You can see a series of films honoring our men and women in uniform, or you can see a public art exhibit at a local library.

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Crowd Funding Effort Seeks To Save Venice's Everyday Gondolas

There are two types of gondolas in Venice — the fancy, expensive tourist boats, and then the traghetto, the everyday boat used by locals. But the traghetto is quickly disappearing, and gondola enthusiasts have harnessed 21st century technology to save this ancient form of transportation.
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Sandwich Monday: Fried Peanut Butter And Banana

Peter Sagal's in New York, so what did he go get for this week's Sandwich Monday? A classic New York hot dog? A pastrami sandwich from 2nd Avenue Deli? No, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.
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Linney Mines 'The Big C' For Serious Laughs

On Showtime's dark comedy series, Laura Linney plays a terminally ill cancer patient. The actress's own father died from lung cancer while the series was being made; her mother was a cancer nurse when Linney was young. These experiences, she says, inform her performance.
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Godwin's 'Flora': A Tale Of Remorse That Creeps Under Your Skin

The latest novel from three-time National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin takes inspiration from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Both stories take place in isolated old houses, and both revolve around mental contests between a governess character and her young charge.
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Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebs. But her rise to fame wasn't always glamorous. Host Michel Martin speaks with Williams about her career, battle with addiction and new book Ask Wendy.
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Book News: Harper Lee Says Literary Agent Exploited Her Health

Also: Historian Niall Ferguson apologizes for John Maynard Keynes comments; the best books coming out this week.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 6

Ah, the things we do for love. You can see a drama about one man's descent into madness, or check out a comedy that bares all.

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