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Patti Smith's new memoir, Just Kids, tells the story of her creative bond and friendship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Getty hide caption

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Patti Smith And Robert Mapplethorpe: Kindred Spirits

Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, just nominated for a National Book Award, describes her path of artistic self discovery and her relationship with the provocative photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.

Patti Smith And Robert Mapplethorpe: Kindred Spirits

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Together at last: In the last installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist, left) and cyber-avenger Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) barely share any screen time. Music Box Films hide caption

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A zombie epidemic has taken over the world in AMC's The Walking Dead. AMC hide caption

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Television

From AMC, A Braaainy Zombie Drama

On Halloween, a new show about a sudden infestation of zombies premieres on AMC. TV critic David Bianculli says the spooky series works because it's "beautiful and foreboding all at once."

From AMC, A Braaainy Zombie Drama

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Happiness is a good rhyme: Stephen Sondheim's new memoir takes its title from a lyric that captures what songwriter Paul Simon -- in a New York Times review of the book -- describes as "that feeling of joy, the little squirt of dopamine hitting the brain" when an artist is at work. Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Theater

Look, He Made A Hat: Sondheim Talks Sondheim

The musical-theater titan tells the stories behind some of his most famous work, from West Side Story to Gypsy. And he offers some surprising criticisms of other theater greats, including his mentor Oscar Hammerstein.

Look, He Made A Hat: Sondheim Talks Sondheim

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Lawyer Peter Ticktin of the Ticktin Law Group in South Florida poses behind stacks of depositions from "robo-signers" of foreclosure documents. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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The Beatles' Apple label, as seen on a copy of Abbey Road. Apple not only released The Beatles' own records, but also looked for younger acts the band hoped would flourish. Don Ryan/AP Photo hide caption

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Music Reviews

Finding The Best Of The Bands On The Beatles' Label

Apple Records released 31 albums and 52 singles from younger acts it hoped would flourish. Ed Ward reviews Come And Get It: The Best of Apple Records, a collection of the label's remastered and re-released tracks.

Finding The Best Of The Bands On The Beatles' Label

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Tuesday

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In The Mind's Eye, Oliver Sacks looks at how blind people use other senses to "see" the world, and how people with aphasia and visionary disturbances learn to compensate with their other senses. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Anthony Perkins and Charmian Carr starred in Stephen Sondheim's 1966 made-for-TV musical, Evening Primrose, about people living in a department store after-hours. ABC/Photofest hide caption

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Keith Richards is ranked 10th on  Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Deborah Feingold hide caption

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Music Interviews

Keith Richards On The Stones, The Songs And 'Life'

The guitarist opens up about his music, his legendary journeys on the road with The Rolling Stones and his occasionally contentious relationship with lead singer Mick Jagger in a new memoir called Life.

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Looks Back At 'Life'

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In July 2009, Time magazine held an online poll asking who America's most trusted newscaster was; Jon Stewart won with 44 percent of the vote. Kevin Fitzsimmons hide caption

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Television

More From Jon Stewart's 'Fresh Air' Interview

The interview with the Daily Show host that was originally broadcast Oct. 4 has been re-edited for Friday's Fresh Air; it features material cut from the original broadcast because of time constraints.

More From Jon Stewart's 'Fresh Air' Interview

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Harold McGee writes that the flavor of most vegetables exists to deter others from eating them — which may explain the pungency of mustard greens. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Cumberbatch plays a modernized Holmes who carries a cell phone and gets his buzz from nicotine patches. Hartswood Films/BBC for MASTERPIECE hide caption

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Television

A Modern 'Sherlock' Is More Than Elementary

On Oct. 24, a TV drama featuring a modernized Sherlock Holmes is set to debut on the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery. David Bianculli says the newest incarnation of the iconic detective is "terrific and inspired."

A Modern 'Sherlock' Is More Than Elementary

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Jason Schwartzman plays Jonathan Ames, a struggling writer and bumbling private detective on the HBO series Bored to Death. HBO hide caption

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'To The End' A Solemn Exploration Of Israeli Identity

David Grossman began working on his novel To the End of the Land while his son Uri was in the Israeli Army. He hoped it would protect him. It didn't. Uri was killed, and Grossman's fiction explores the fragility of families, nations and life itself.

'To The End' A Solemn Exploration Of Israeli Identity

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Toys from the first two movies, like Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, are back for the third installment of Toy Story. Disney/Pixar hide caption

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Bruno Mars co-wrote "Right Round" by Flo Rida (featuring Ke$ha) and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan. Atlantic Records hide caption

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Author Interviews

Spending The Night With Sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia has a disorder that makes him sleepwalk. He recounts his worst episode — as well as other painfully embarrassing moments — in his comedic memoir, Sleepwalk With Me.

Spending The Night With Sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia

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This photo and caption reveal nothing about Don Draper's (Jon Hamm) state of mind at the end of Mad Men's fourth season. AMC hide caption

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This Headline Contains No 'Mad Men' Finale Spoilers

But the article does. TV critic David Bianculli shares his thoughts on the season finales of AMC's Mad Men and Rubicon -- and wonders whether he should be talking about this at all. Obviously: Spoilers ahead.

This Headline Contains No 'Mad Men' Finale Spoilers

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