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Put Down That PS5 And Pick Up Your Switch For The Pixelated Pleasures Of ‘Eastward’
Keller Gordon | September 16, 2021
An unlikely pair of adventurers fight their way through a mysteriously crumbling world in Eastward.Pixpil The most nimble game developers borrow. Like Shakespeare himself, they rummage through venerated titles crafted by the old guard and snag anything useful to them. They ask themselves "How can we create a game as ...
This Thoughtful, Profound Thriller Centers On Identity And Its Many Layers
Swapna Krishna | September 16, 2021
Berkley The first time I opened My Sweet Girl, a debut psychological thriller from author Amanda Jayatissa, I instantly took to the main character, Paloma. She's unlikeable from the start — impatient, frustrated, and entirely disinterested in making a good impression on the reader or anyone else around her. Her ...
‘Blue Bayou’ Devastates With A Story Of A Stepfather Facing Deportation
Justin Chang | September 15, 2021
In Blue Bayou, Kathy (Alicia Vikander), Jessie (Sydney Kowalske) and Antonio (Justin Chon) face an uncertain future when Antonio becomes threatened with deportation.Focus Features Blue Bayou moved me a lot more than I expected or maybe even wanted it to. Scene by scene, this story of a Korean American adoptee ...
Colson Whitehead Returns To His Home Turf With ‘Harlem Shuffle’
Terry Gross | September 15, 2021
Colson Whitehead was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for his last two novels, The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys.Chris Close | Penguin Random House Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead does extensive background research whenever he works on a book. For his latest novel, Harlem Shuffle, that meant learning how stolen items ...
Comedians Pay Tribute To Beloved Ex-‘SNL’ Star Norm Macdonald
Rachel Treisman | September 15, 2021
Norm Macdonald performs at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in 2011. The Canadian comedian and actor died this week, nearly a decade after being diagnosed with cancer.Ethan Miller | Getty Images Tributes are pouring in for Norm Macdonald, the Canadian comedian best known for anchoring Saturday Night ...
Notebook: A Month Into R. Kelly’s Trial, Here’s What It’s Been Like In The Courtroom
Anastasia Tsioulcas | September 15, 2021
In this courtroom artist's sketch made from a video screen monitor, R. Kelly (left) and lawyer Thomas Farinella listen during the opening day of his trial on Aug. 18, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York.Elizabeth Williams | AP Editor's note: This report includes allegations of sexual and physical abuse. The federal ...
Here Are The Longlist Nominees For This Year’s National Book Awards
Petra Mayer | September 15, 2021
Piotr Wytrążek Updated September 16, 2021 at 10:15 AM ET Over the next few days, we'll be finding out which books made the longlists for this year's National Book Awards — beginning Wednesday morning with Young People's Literature and finishing up Friday with Fiction. Check back with us throughout the ...
Atrocities Of ‘Conquistadores’ Take Shape In New History By Mexican-Born Author
Jim Zarroli | September 15, 2021
Conquistadores: A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest, by Fernando CervantesViking When the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his band of 300 men reached the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in late 1519, they found a civilization of staggering beauty that dwarfed any western European city. Stucco towers, "painted with ...
New Movies And TV Shows To Watch At Home This Fall
Eric Deggans, Aisha Harris, Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Glen Weldon | September 15, 2021
Clockwise from top left: Insecure, Impeachment: American Crime Story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Wonder Years, The Premise and Star Wars: Visions.WarnerMedia, FX, Amazon Studios, ABC, FX, Disney+ It's time to find something good to watch. Maybe you didn't have exactly the hot vaccinated summer we were all hoping for. ...