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Pumpkins At A Premium, Thanks To Hurricane Irene

Northeast residents who hope to carve jack-o-lanterns this Halloween may have to shop around. Tropical Storm Irene destroyed pumpkin patches in Upstate New York and other areas. Other farms, though, were left with a bumper crop. Marie Cusick visits Black Horse Farms in Athens, N.Y., where pumpkins are selling out fast.
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Pacific Standard Time: An L.A. Art Story

The story of America's rise on the global art scene has mostly taken place in New York — but now Los Angeles wants in on the narrative. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented artistic collaboration with one grand theme in mind: the birth of the L.A. art scene from 1945 to 1980.
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'Style Rookie' Tavi Gevinson Plays Not My Job

Teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson is an expert in all the things people of her generation love — fashion, pop culture, irony, living off their parents. We ask her three questions about the tastes of the elderly.
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For Grown-Ups, Missing Those Back-To-School Blues

Is it possible to play hooky from real life and return to the magical wonder of learning in a classroom? Writer Ben Dolnick investigates the intellectual doldrums that plague life after graduation.
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Pop Art Master Oldenburg Unveils Another Big Idea

Claes Oldenburg unveils his latest outdoor sculpture — a giant paintbrush — outside the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia this weekend. At first, Oldenburg's giant clothespins and spoons made him a target for ridicule. But now you can find examples of his work all over the world. And like all of his work, it's intended to provoke a response.
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Want Good TV? Try These Three Shows

TV critic David Bianculli says most shows on TV this fall are a big disappointment. But three offerings this upcoming Sunday night — Prohibition, Dexter and Homeland — are all excellent, invigorating and exceptionally intelligent.
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Living In A Geodesic Dome Home

Kevin Shea is a retired New York City firefighter with an unorthodox home. He lives in a 93,000 cubic-foot-geodesic dome, equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a geothermal system. The home is on the grid, but outside the box.
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'Freedom': Franzen's Novel Earns High Praise

Why all the adulatory attention, critics ask, for Jonathan Franzen's latest domestic drama about marriage and family? Even though Franzen gets more praise for doing what many fine female writers do "backwards and in heels," critic Maureen Corrigan says Freedom has earned its accolades.

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