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Youths walk past a mural calling for peace in Ferguson, Mo., on a building up the street from the city's police department a day before the grand jury decision was announced.
November 26, 2014 Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
J.K. Rowling writes that Celestina Warbeck "is one of my favourite 'off-stage' characters in the whole [Harry Potter] series."
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August 19, 2014 Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.
Portrait of King Richard III.
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May 29, 2014 Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.
Paul Edward O'Brien, a stage actor, poet, and oncologist, delivered a Game Day-style analysis of how William Shakespeare's plays would match up in a tournament bracket.
March 30, 2014 A bracket pitting Shakespeare's plays against each other led stage actor Paul O'Brien of Charleston, S.C., to break down the matchups.
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A poster was still on display outside the Cleveland home of Amanda Berry after she was rescued in May along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
October 23, 2013 Also: Shakespeare manuscripts going digital; authors protest standardized testing; and "The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors."
Sharon Olds' poses on the porch of her home in Pittsfield, N.H., on Monday, when it was announced that her poetry collection titled Stag's Leap had won a Pulitzer.
April 17, 2013 Also: Shakespeare's favorite month; Edith Wharton's birthplace is now a Starbucks; book cover designers on jacket art.
William Shakespeare, brilliant playwright and cutthroat businessman?
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April 1, 2013 Also: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie disses V. S. Naipaul; a new biography of Derrida; and the best books coming out this week.
August 6, 2012 Would you rather be a great scientist or a great artist? What knowledge do you thirst for most? Is it the grounded examinations of facts and reality that science offers, or the wild, unpredictable adventures of the human soul?
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