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In this new political thriller, a familiar pantsuited figure saves democracy
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Maureen Corrigan | October 25, 2021
State of Terror, by Hillary Clinton and Louise PennySimon & Schuster I approached the package with caution. The book inside could be trouble, big trouble. Literary collaborations usually are and this one by two women of achievement gave off warning signs of being a high-profile gimmick gone wrong. Don't open ...
In ‘Going There,’ Katie Couric lays out her life in intimate detail
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Annalisa Quinn | October 25, 2021
Going There by Katie CouricLittle, Brown and Co. "On TV, you are larger than life but somehow smaller, too, a neatly cropped version of who you are," writes Katie Couric in a new memoir, teasingly titled Going There. "Real life — the complications and contradictions, the messy parts— remains outside ...
50 years ago, ‘The Electric Company’ used comedy to boost kids’ reading skills
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Elizabeth Blair | October 25, 2021
Courtesy of Sesame Workshop When The Electric Company debuted in October 1971, television hadn't seen anything quite like it. Psychedelic graphics, wildly creative animation, mod outfits, over-the-top characters and sketch comedy all functioned to serve the same goal: teaching kids to read. Brought to you by the Children's Television Workshop ...
‘Succession’ recap, Season 3, Episode 2: The sibling summit and the Trojan horse
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Linda Holmes | October 24, 2021
Roman (Kieran Culkin) is trying to figure out where to put his loyalties.Macall Polay | HBO What happened this week Shiv, Roman and Connor all gather at Kendall's improvised war room to talk about whether to team up against Logan, but ultimately, they blink. Marcia negotiates her return to Logan ...
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on ‘Friends,’ dies at 59
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James Doubek | October 24, 2021
Actor James Michael Tyler, pictured at the Central Perk pop-up celebrating the 20th anniversary of Friends in September 2014 in New York City, has died at age 59.Paul Zimmerman | Getty Images James Michael Tyler, the actor best known for playing the recurring character Gunther on Friends, has died at ...
In ‘Dreaming of You,’ poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva reimagines Selena’s legacy
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Isabella Gomez Sarmiento | October 24, 2021
Melissa Lozada-Oliva reimagines pop star Selena's legacy in Dreaming of You.Melissa Lozada-Oliva/Astra House Selena Quintanilla-Pérez is having a moment — again. Twenty-six years after her murder, the Tejano pop star's face still adorns T-shirts and hoodies. She's the subject of a new Netflix series and a podcast. And now in ...
HBO’s ‘Insecure’ soars by staying true to its revolutionary mission
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Eric Deggans | October 24, 2021
Issa Rae stars in HBO's 'Insecure.'Glen Wilson | HBO (Be warned: A few mild spoilers emerge below regarding Insecure's fifth season.) Five years ago, I sat in a Los Angeles hotel meeting room with Insecure's creator/star Issa Rae, talking about how her new series was going to feel like a ...
‘Laser Writer II’ hides a dark corporate fairytale under its rosy nostalgia
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Heller McAlpin | October 24, 2021
Before the days of Apple Genius Bar appointments booked online, when your MacBook finked out in New York City you schlepped it down to Tekserve on West 23rd Street, where you pushed a lever for a numbered ticket, as if you were at Zabar's smoked fish counter. Then, surrounded by ...