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'Times' Advice Guru Answers Your Social Q's

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Denzel Washington stars in Flight, the latest film from writer-producer-director Robert Zemeckis. Robert Zuckerman/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

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Colm Toibin's new novel, The Testament of Mary, imagines the life of the mother of Christ in her later years. Steve Heap/iStockphoto hide caption

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A New 'Testament' Told From Mary's Point Of View

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The Middle East: A Web Of 'Topsy-Turvy' Alliances

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'The Last Refuge': Yemen, Al-Qaida And The U.S.

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Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won this year's Man Booker Prize. Francesco Guidicini/ hide caption

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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

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Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June. Marianne Larochelle hide caption

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Jazz Vocalist Susie Arioli Goes 'All The Way'

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Michael Feinstein (right) worked for six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. Simon & Schuster hide caption

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'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

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Lyle Talbot began his career as an itinerant carnival and vaudeville performer before eventually making his way to Hollywood. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A Daughter Remembers Her 'Entertainer' Father

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A Model Career: 'Grace' Goes From Runway To 'Vogue'

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'Color Of Christ': A Story Of Race And Religion In America

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Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) looks back on the adventure he went on as a teenager in Life of Pi. Peter Sorel/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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'Life Of Pi' Star On The 'Duet' Of Acting

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'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

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Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

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Tony Kushner based his screenplay for Lincoln in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, Team of Rivals — but he read many other histories and biographies, in addition to Lincoln's own writings. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Kushner's 'Lincoln' Is Strange, But Also Savvy

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