Arts & Culture

The Picture Show
11:38 am
Tue April 2, 2013

How A Female Photographer Sees Her Afghanistan

A photograph taken from behind a burqa, Kabul, 2007.
Farzana Wahidy AP

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:44 pm

Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984, photographer Farzana Wahidy was only a teenager when the Taliban took over the country in 1996. At age 13 she was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa, she recalls, and she describes those years as a "very closed, very dark time." To carry a camera would have been unthinkable.

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The Two-Way
6:19 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Book News: American Library Association, Barnes & Noble Called 'Facilitators Of Porn'

A Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, D.C.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:21 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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First Reads
6:03 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Julio's Day,' By Gilbert Hernandez

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 7:16 am

Julio's Day introduction by Brian Evenson, author of Windeye.


"...one day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you?" — Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue April 2, 2013

In 'Life After Life,' Caught In The Dangerous Machinery of History

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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:56 pm

Flannery O'Connor said short stories need to have a beginning, a middle and an end, though not necessarily in that order. But what about novels? Kate Atkinson seems to believe there can be a beginning, a middle and an end, and then another beginning, plus several more middles ... and why not have a beginning again?

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Minks, Perfume And Beastly Beauty In 'Shocked'

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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:14 am

Beauty can be a beast. That's one message from Shocked, Patricia Volk's smart, fascinating book about her complex relationship with her beautiful, elegantly attired, hypercritical mother.

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