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12:50pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Television

'Masters Of Sex' Get Unmasterful Treatment On Showtime

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:34 pm

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan portray pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in a new Showtime series.
Craig Blankenhorn Showtime

Way back in the 1950s — before people tweeted snapshots of their privates or posted their hookup diaries online — it was considered inappropriate to talk too much about sex. The guardians of culture treated it as something better kept in the dark.

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1:09pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Middle East

Meet The Iranian Commander Pulling Strings In Syria's War

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:22 pm

Smoke rises after an airstrike hit a Syrian village on Sept. 22.
AP

Perhaps the most important military commander in Syria's civil war is not Syrian at all. He's Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, and he's the subject of an article by Dexter Filkins in the current edition of The New Yorker.

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1:23pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Author Interviews

'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow

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After winning a National Book Award for her novel Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward has written a memoir that's framed by the deaths of five young men in her life. The cause of each death was different, but she sees them all as connected to being poor and black in the rural South:

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1:16pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Television

TV Trips Into Fall, But These Days Who Knows Where To Look?

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 1:52 pm

Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher, right) leads detectives Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) on a police stakeout in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Beth Dubber Fox

We're kicking off a new fall TV season this week. A generation ago, even less, that was cause for major media focus, as new shows from the broadcast networks jockeyed for attention and position while old favorites returned with new episodes. Also back then, the Emmys were a celebration of the best, and clips from the nominated shows reminded you just why they were considered the best of the best.

But now? In 2013? All bets are off.

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10:34am

Tue September 24, 2013
Music Reviews

Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 1:16 pm

Lucy Schwartz.
Tierney Gearon Courtesy of the artist

The first thing you notice about Lucy Schwartz's Timekeeper is the singer's voice — both her physical voice, which is at once ringing and adroit, and her writer's voice, which is precise yet elusive. When Schwartz sings "Ghost in My House," the production renders her tone in an echoing manner that signifies spookiness. It also suggests a metaphor — memory as a ghost, the haunting of someone who's no longer in her life. In general, Lucy Schwartz is in love with the sound of her own voice, and for once that phrase is not meant as a criticism; I think she has good reason to be.

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