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British School Bans Valentine’s Day Gift Exchange

Valentine’s Day is often dismissed by critics as just one of many Hallmark-generated holidays with its heart in the wrong place, but a British primary school is taking the anti-Valentine angle quite literally, prohibiting students from exchanging cards and candies and warning that any attempt to swap sentimental greetings will be stopped on the spot—but it’s not exactly for the reasons you might suspect.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


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White Stripes Clash With Air Force Over Super Bowl Ad

The White Stripes are crying foul over what they call the unwelcome and unauthorized use of their song “Fell in Love With a Girl” by the U.S. Air Force Reserve during a Super Bowl ad last Sunday. The band, consisting of singer Jack White and drummer and ex-wife Meg White, issued a statement on their website ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Tracing the Neural Circuitry of Humor

Everyone’s going nuts for functional MRI in research circles these days, it seems. Why, a bunch of wacky neuroscientists from Dartmouth College have even used the technology to study what happens when we humans find something funny.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Larry Blumenfeld on Ned Sublette’s ‘The Year Before the Flood’

Four years after Katrina, New Orleans struggles against the odds to preserve its unruly spirit through its unique musical legacy.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Two Books Take On Tintin, Boy Reporter

Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” is in the postproduction stage—yet another sign that the appeal of Belgian cartoonist Hergé‘s Tintin is as timeless as his globe-trotting perma-adolescent wunderkind. However, as Pierre Assouline points out in his new book “Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin,” Tintin led a far more colorful life than his creator (born Georges Remi) did.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Pseudo-Reality Web Show Zooms In on Abortion Issue

Would any pregnant woman want American viewing audiences to decide whether she should keep or abort her baby? Luckily, even the producers of the new Web-based show “Bump” know that that kind of programming wouldn’t fly, but they did go so far as to dramatize that idea by using actors in various prenatal scenarios to stage their stories for an online voting audience.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Jobs, Googlers Spar Over ‘Evil’ Quip

Nothing like a good word war between übergeeks to stir things up: Apple CEO Steve Jobs made an incendiary jab this weekend at his counterparts over at Google, accusing them of going against their company mantra, “Don’t Be Evil.” The current and former bigwigs at Google weren’t going to take that lying down.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Jeremy Bernstein on Garry Wills’ ‘Bomb Power’

Can the abuse of presidential power over the course of many administrations really be tied to the advent of nuclear weapons?

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

Time magazine fancifully describes author J.D. Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91, as “the hermit crab of American letters.” That’s because after achieving literary fame with his 1951 (and only) novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” Salinger wasn’t too keen on being in the public eye.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents

In this first-ever history of Hollywood agents, Tom Kemper mines agency archives to present an insider’s view of their tooth-and-claw rise to power during the studio era. Through case studies of key figures like Myron Selznick and Charles Feldman, we see that the agent’s character and social relationships functioned within a business structure—a good reputation and powerful connections were an agent’s most precious assets.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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