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Music Articles

'Evil Urges' from My Morning Jacket

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Evil Urges, the new album by the Kentucky indie-rock band My Morning Jacket. The band moves away from their Southern influences, instead using Manhattan as their muse for the album.

'Evil Urges' from My Morning Jacket

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Books

For Novelist, Imagining is an Act of Prayer

Novelist Ron Hansen is best known for his tales of Western bandits and whiskey runners, but he claims his inspiration for these unsavory characters is divine. The author of Exiles discusses writing, faith and his status as a Catholic deacon in a secular literary world.

For Novelist, Imagining is an Act of Prayer

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Science

Radical 'Wisdom' for the Global AIDS Epidemic

In her new book, The Wisdom of Whores, epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani interviews sex workers, drug users, health officials and bureaucrats in an effort to determine why 40 million people are living with HIV — and what can be done to curb the epidemic.

Radical 'Wisdom' for the Global AIDS Epidemic

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Movies

Julianne Moore, from Soap Sister to 'Savage' Mom

Before Boogie Nights, before Far From Heaven, before Short Cuts, she appeared as identical half-sisters — one of them evil — on the soap opera As the World Turns. She won a Daytime Emmy in 1988; for her film work, she's earned four Oscar nominations.

Julianne Moore, from Soap Sister to 'Savage' Mom

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Author Interviews

Sedaris Bares Body and Soul in 'Engulfed'

Whether he's lancing boils, getting crabs from thrift-store trousers or sitting in a hospital waiting room dressed only in his underwear, one thing is clear: David Sedaris is not shy about sharing embarrassing, cringe-worthy moments.

Sedaris Bares Body and Soul in 'Engulfed'

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Anton Corbijn, Asserting 'Control'

Acclaimed 2007 film — based on the life of post-punk musician Ian Curtis, who killed himself in 1980 at age 23 — won a trio of prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and took home a range of other international awards. It's out now on DVD.

Anton Corbijn, Asserting 'Control'

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In 'Zohan,' the Messiah Complex Gets a Makeover

Adam Sandler's all-potent Israeli hero is a Biblical warrior, a sex god, and a take-no-prisoners hair-burner with a Paul Mitchell fetish. Juvenile he may be — but there's something mesmerizing about him, too.

In 'Zohan,' the Messiah Complex Gets a Makeover

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Joe Nocera, 'Talking Business' at Every Turn

The New York Times columnist has made his name with riffs on topics large (Boeing's comeback) and small (his own defunct iPod). A Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of several notable journalism awards, he's a regular contributor to NPR's Weekend Edition.

Joe Nocera, 'Talking Business' at Every Turn

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World

The 'Chaos' of Failed Nation-Building

Journalist Ahmed Rashid's new book, Descent into Chaos, examines the Unites States' nation-building efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Rashid argues that U.S. efforts have failed — and served to destabilize the region further.

The 'Chaos' of Failed Nation-Building

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Music Articles

From Lionel Loueke, 'Karibu' Sounds

The African guitarist and his international trio (drummer from Hungary and bassist from Italy via Sweden) have been performing together for eight years. Their latest album, Karibu, is an eloquent fusion of jazz and Afro influences.

From Lionel Loueke, 'Karibu' Sounds

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Remembrances

Pete Hamill Remembers Robert F. Kennedy

When the candidate was assassinated 40 years ago, Hamill was there: He was Kennedy's friend and had helped persuade him to run for president. A journalist and author, Hamill covered the story for The Village Voice.

Pete Hamill Remembers Robert F. Kennedy

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Books

Jack Newfield, Looking for the Man in the RFK Myth

Journalist Jack Newfield's close work with Robert F. Kennedy during the last year of his life informs Newfield's 1969 book, RFK: A Memoir, which offers a first-hand account of the assassinated politician and attempts to separate the man from myth.

Jack Newfield, Looking for the Man in the RFK Myth

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Max Kennedy: A Son's Vision of a Stranger Father

Max Kennedy, the ninth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, was just three years old when his father was assassinated. In 1998, he edited a collection of his father's private journal entries called Make Gentle The Life of this World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy.

Max Kennedy: A Son's Vision of a Stranger Father

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Remembrances

Remembering Museum Director Anne d'Harnoncourt

Former Philadelphia Museum of Art director Anne D'Harnoncourt brought the museum new prominence, spearheading the renovation of 20 galleries and a build-up of its modern-art collection. She died June 1 at the age of 64.

Remembering Museum Director Anne d'Harnoncourt

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