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Book News: Anger After Chicago School District Removes 'Persepolis'

The graphic memoir about growing up in revolutionary Iran has been pulled from 7th grade classrooms. Also: An "obituary" for Philip Roth's alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman; the resurgence of independent bookstores; and the best books coming out this week.
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Familiar Folks Make Up A Play's 'Good People'

The most frequently produced play in America these days is a semiautobiographical look at class divides in the modern U.S. David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People explores what can happen when two kids from the same neighborhood grow up to become two very different adults.
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Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston Sailed Through Grim Odds

In the mid-19th century, more than a million Irish fled the potato famine in search of a better life. But the fate they met aboard so-called "coffin ships" headed to the New World was often as bad as what they left behind. Not so for those lucky enough to find their way onto one ship. Kathryn Miles tells the story in her book, All Standing.
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2013 Pritzker Winner Toyo Ito Finds Inspiration In Air, Wind And Water

"People who live in cities have become more isolated than ever," says the 71-year-old architect based in Tokyo. "I would like to use architecture to create bonds between people." Ito has designed stadiums, libraries, parks, theaters, homes and more in his four-decade career.
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Fake It 'Til You Make It: What Came Before Photoshop

"Photoshopping" has these days become synonymous with photo manipulation. But the practice is much older than the computer software — about as old as photography itself.
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Erin Go Bragh, Shalom: St. Patrick's Day The Jewish Way

In the 1960s, Irish-born Jews living in New York started the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin. The fraternal organization's biggest event was the annual St. Patrick's Day banquet, complete with green matzo balls.
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Playing This Year: Conservative Documentaries

As independent financing and filmmaking becomes more accessible, conservatives are turning to movies to get their message out to a larger, younger audience. It's an attempt to get the conservative story out to a broader demographic.
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Hat-Maker Philip Treacy's Favorite Hat, And Many More

Irishman Philip Treacy is milliner to the stars, including Lady Gaga and Madonna. He was the creator of the 36 hats that we saw at the royal wedding — including Princess Beatrice's unforgettable hat. Now the celebrity hat-maker is the subject of a new book by photographer Kevin Davies.
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From Tweeting To Meeting Lance Armstrong

Sports Illustrated writer Michael McCann had been covering Lance Armstrong's legal issues for the past year when he noticed a new follower on Twitter. It was the disgraced cyclist himself, and he invited McCann over for an exclusive interview.
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Take Your Pics

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with the letters P-I and the second word starts with C. For example, given "One of 27 compositions by Mozart" you would say "(Pi)ano (C)oncerto."

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