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The Passion of Martin Scorsese

A man was on a train in Japan, reading a novel set in Japan. The train slid past the mountains, bound for Kyoto, where the man, bearded, bright-eyed, was headed. The year was 1989. The train was a bullet train.<p>The man on the train was in a quandary, and the man in the novel he was reading was in a …

Tangled Up in Ol' Blue Eyes

Bob Dylan's new album, Shadows in the Night, is an unexpectedly beautiful tribute to Frank Sinatra.<p>When word first emerged a few months back that Bob Dylan might be making a Frank Sinatra tribute record, it seemed like farce. Bob Dylan, the icon of '60s counterculture, the rebel against the …

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5 Things to Know About the Ferguson Decision - Briefly - WSJ

The grand jury in Clayton, Mo., has returned its decision: It won’t indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Here are five things you need to know about the ruling.

Man Booker prize: David Nicholls and Ali Smith among 13 names on longlist

Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell and Ali Smith are among the British heavyweight writers who will compete for the Man Booker prize in its first incarnation as a global literary award, it was announced on Wednesday, along with David Nicholls, writer of the bestsellers Starter for Ten and One …

Monster black hole trio discovered in distant galaxy

Researchers have discovered a distant galaxy with not one, but three supermassive black holes at its center.<p>Astronomers have discovered three closely …

Baltimore by Night – Urban Photography by Patrick Joust

Patrick is a self-taught photographer, living in Baltimore, MD. At first glance, his night photography of Baltimore portrays an eerie and desolate …

19 Magical Tree Tunnels You Should Definitely Take A Walk Through

Nature in as a whole tends to be a profoundly beautiful thing, but there are few things more magical than finding yourself under a canopy of trees in …

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Announcing the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists for 2013

The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday morning: 50 books in 10 categories are in the running to win the L.A. Times Book Prizes, to be awarded in April. Two authors will receive special recognition: John Green with the Innovators Award and Susan Straight …

Most anticipated books of 2014 - Blog Post

2013 brought plenty of literary treasure for readers. While 2014 doesn't have quite as many long-awaited works in store, there are still abundant …

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Notable fiction of 2013

The Washington Post’s Book World team picks the top books in fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and audio books of 2013.<p>The Washington Post’s Book World team picks the top books in fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and audio books of 2013.<p>THE ACCURSED<p><i>By Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)</i><p>A family of New …

GOP’s race problem: What’s really behind that bad tweet

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/Reuters/Gary Cameron/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>The party’s Rosa Parks fiasco only hints at its problems with civil rights — here’s why it should be afraid<p>Brittney Cooper<p>December 3, 2013 12:45pm (UTC)<p>With this week marking the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, much has …