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In Michael Chabon’s ‘Moonglow,’ Deathbed Stories Illuminate an Era

Storytelling matters desperately to Michael Chabon’s characters. It’s a way to remake an unhappy reality and exert control (“Werewolves in Their Youth”), a means of grappling with personal or historical disaster (“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”), or, in the case of his elegiac and …

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In ‘Beasts,’ Rowling Cloaks Politics in a Tale of Magic

When “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens on Nov. 18, it will be the first time fans of J. K. Rowling’s wizards and witches will get to see her cast a cinematic spell that isn’t based on one of her novels.<p>Extending a beloved film franchise is a risk that can either thrill a loyal …

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Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ Explores Friends’ Diverging Paths

Doubles — pairs of friends, rivals and families; contrasting ideologies and views of the world — animate Zadie Smith’s novels, as surely as doubles and doppelgängers haunt many Hitchcock movies. Her astonishing debut novel, “White Teeth” (2000), recounted the story of two World War II vets — polar …

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To the Moon, North Korea? Or Does a Rocket Have a Darker Aim?

WASHINGTON — Kim Jong-un is headed to the moon.<p>That, at least, is one of the official North Korean explanations for the testing last week of a rocket engine that, if as powerful as the North claims, would rival the commercial rockets that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, of Amazon and Tesla, now use in …

North Korea

The fog of politics - European defence

European defenceThe fog of politics<p>TERRORISM, Russian bullying, chaos in the Middle East and the possibility of a President Donald Trump: it is no …

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?<p>The question, one of the biggest in studies of human evolution, has intrigued scientists for decades. In a series of extraordinary genetic analyses published on Wednesday, …

Anthropology

US election glossary: A-Z guide to political jargon

<b>Do you know your beltway from your bellwether? And what are blue dogs and red states? Use our guide below to help you navigate the election news.</b><p>What does all this US jargon mean?<p>A<p><b>Air war:</b> The battle between candidates to get as much advertising on television and radio as possible. In recent years, …

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12 Fascinating TED Talks for Word Nerds

This playlist of TED talks explores theories and insights about language, words, and linguistics.<p>So many TED talks, so little time. It's impossible to watch them all.<p>If you need help figuring out which ones to watch, you're in luck. TED has curated playlists so you can dig into a particular topic. …