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These International Films Demonstrate The Power And Persistence Of Love
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Justin Chang | February 5, 2021
Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa play a lesbian couple facing a health crisis in the French film Two of Us.Magnolia Pictures While it remains to be seen what this year's COVID-19-impacted Academy Awards ceremony will look like, my guess is that there will be an Oscar winner for best international ...
Julia Watson: What Can We Learn From Indigenous Design Developed Over Generations?
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NPR/TED Staff | February 5, 2021
Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode It Takes Time For generations, Indigenous people have used slow but sophisticated technology to build elaborate structures. Architect Julia Watson says their designs can guide our response to the climate crisis. About Julia Watson Julia Watson is an architect and the author ...
Purple Is The New Red: How Alert Maps Show When We Are Royally … Hued
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Neda Ulaby | February 5, 2021
A guide to county risk level tiers on California's COVID-19 site.covid19.ca.gov COVID-19 across California is really, really bad. How bad? Purple-tier bad. California, along with Ohio and Colorado, employs a color-coded system to warn about the prevalence of the Coronavirus. The basic idea's not unfamiliar for many of us: green ...
You’ll Never Look At Your ‘Good Neighbors’ The Same Way Again
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Gabino Iglesias | February 4, 2021
Atria Books Sarah Langan's Good Neighbors is one of the creepiest, most unnerving deconstructions of American suburbia I've ever read. Langan cuts to the heart of upper middle class lives like a skilled surgeon and exposes the rotten realities behind manicured lawns and perfect families, and the result is horrifically ...
While the Possible is Possible: A 2021 Poetry Preview, Part 3
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Ana Božičević, Ken Chen, Craig Morgan Teicher | February 4, 2021
Nightboat Books Welcome to the final installment of this year's poetry preview. I'd like to thank Ana, Ken, Evie, and Phillip for joining me this year and bringing their unique sensibilities to this glimpse into the future. Our collective picks for the must-read poetry books of the coming year (don't ...
Lack Of Diversity Mars Golden Globe TV Nominations
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Eric Deggans | February 3, 2021
Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You was a critical favorite last year — but didn't garner any Golden Globe nominations.Natalie Seery/HBO When it came time to pick the best TV shows of 2020 late last year, I and my fellow critics at NPR were all over the map. But there ...
New Translation Shares The Voice Of A Poet Who Wrote As Intensely As She Lived
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John Powers | February 3, 2021
The Copenhagen Trilogy, by Tove DitlevsenFarrar, Straus and Giroux We're living in a golden age for women's writing. The wheels of literary justice are finally giving due process to great women writers whose work has been forgotten, ignored or insufficiently appreciated. The latest revelation is Tove Ditlevsen, a Danish poet ...
2021 Golden Globe Nominees Announced, Netflix Leads The Pack
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Petra Mayer | February 3, 2021
Frazer Harrison | Getty Images Past Golden Globe winners Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson kicked off the announcement of this year's nominees, in a livestream simulcast by the Today show. Netflix led the pack with 22 nominations for motion pictures and 20 for TV; Mank garnered the most ...
Legendary Director Mike Nichols Is As Brilliant As He Is Enigmatic In New Biography
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Michael Schaub | February 3, 2021
Mike Nichols: A Life, by Mark HarrisPenguin Press For decades, Mike Nichols was one of the most recognized names in theater and film, but very few people really knew the legendary director — even, it seems, himself. At least that's the impression one gets from Mike Nichols: A Life, Mark ...