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‘Firefly Lane’ Is A Regrettably Shapeless Friendship Story
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Linda Holmes | February 3, 2021
Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke play Tully and Kate, two friends who spend decades supporting each other in Firefly Lane.Netflix As of this writing, as its Netflix adaptation is about to premiere, the 2008 Kristin Hannah novel Firefly Lane sits at #1 in the Amazon Kindle Store category called "Women's ...
Author Digs Into Family’s ‘Smalltime’ Mob Operation, Finds Family Secrets
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Dave Davies | February 2, 2021
The author's grandparents, Russell and Mary Shorto, socialize at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, N.J., in the mid-1950s.Courtesy of Russell Shorto Hollywood portrayals of the American Mafia often focus on major cities, but writer Russell Shorto says there have been active mob organizations in countless small and midsize cities in ...
Dolly Parton Says She Turned Down Presidential Medal Of Freedom — Twice
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Petra Mayer | February 2, 2021
Dolly Parton says she was offered the honor by the Trump administration but was unable to accept.Robyn Beck | AFP via Getty Images Last fall, former President Barack Obama told Stephen Colbert that he was "shocked" Dolly Parton hadn't gotten a Presidential Medal of Freedom during his time in office. ...
‘An American Project’: For Decades, Dawoud Bey Has Chronicled Black Life
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Karen Michel | February 2, 2021
A Young Man Resting on an Exercise Bike, Amityville, N.Y., 1988, courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, and RenaBransten Gallery.Dawoud Bey Here's a tip: If you're looking at one of Dawoud Bey's images, the photographer suggests you look not at the face, but at the hands: ...
With Sunflowers As Her Guide, Poet Tunes In To Dream Life For Debut Collection
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Jeevika Verma | February 2, 2021
Writer Jackie Wang's debut poetry collection is called The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void.Nightboat Books Our subconscious knows more about us than our waking selves. And it is often through dreams that we are able to tap into this unknown realm. Writer Jackie Wang documented ...
‘Halfway Home’ Makes Case That The Formerly Incarcerated Are Never Truly Free
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Ericka Taylor | February 2, 2021
Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, by Reuben Jonathan MillerLittle, Brown and Company To say that this nation's criminal justice system is deeply flawed is to flirt with understatement. Everything from the oversurveillance of Black and Brown communities, to police brutality, to stop and frisk policies, ...
‘Saved By The Bell’ Star Dustin Diamond Dead At 44
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Andrew Limbong | February 1, 2021
After Saved by the Bell, Dustin Diamond made many appearances on reality TV shows, such as Celebrity Big Brother.Ben A. Pruchnie | Getty Images Dustin Diamond, the actor known for his role as Screech in the hit sitcom Saved by the Bell, died Monday from cancer. According to a statement ...
Evan Rachel Wood Names Marilyn Manson As Abuser
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Andrew Limbong | February 1, 2021
In 2018, actress Evan Rachel Wood testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee about being sexually assaulted.Chelsea Guglielmino | Getty Images Actress Evan Rachel Wood has identified Brian Warner, better known as the industrial-rock musician Marilyn Manson, as the abuser she had refrained from naming in previous testimony. In a statement ...