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In Taseer's 'Noon', Fictional Violence Is All Too Real

In the span of less than a year, Aatish Taseer's father was killed and his brother was kidnapped. Taseer writes about a violent and turbulent Pakistan in his new novel, Noon. "There's a general sense of a society disintegrating," he says.
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No Respect For The Women On The Sidelines

In TV, football sideline reporters are often women. But commentator Frank Deford wonders why they aren't up in the booth, calling the game.
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Hounded By Grief Over A Canine Companion

To its family, a beloved dog is always more — more than a wagging tail, more than a living garbage disposal, more than an ear to scratch. Commentator Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh mourns the loss of her Hound and his unconditional adoration.
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'The Swerve': Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance

Stephen Greenblatt chronicles the unlikely discovery of Lucretius' poem "On the Nature of Things" — by a 15th-century Italian book hunter. The Swerve is a masterfully written meditation on the fragile inheritance of ideas.
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Fall TV: Nostalgia For The Glamorous 1960s Needs A Tune-Up

Eric Deggans looks at two new shows celebrating the Mad Men era in two very different settings: in the Playboy Clubs, and in the air.
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With Premiere Week Upon Us, We Want To Ask Why

Variety TV editor Andrew Wallenstein argues that there's no longer much reason — other than inertia — for the networks to pile up their series premieres in the fall.
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It's All About The Money, Honey

In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin says Americans don't know how to talk about money, even though we talk about money all the time. She also says the current debate about deficit and debt has undertones of wealth and class.
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The Emmys: Satisfying Winners Elevate A Sloppy Show

The Emmy Awards celebrated some very good performances on Sunday night, but the show itself was weak.
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Lucretius, Man Of Modern Mystery

In his new book, author and Harvard literature professor Stephen Greenblatt explores the 2,000 year-old writings of Lucretius and his "spookily modern" creation tale.

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