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    1. The consolations of reading on airplanes

      Los Angeles TimesMay 18 12:22 PM

      I spent part of last week sitting on airplanes, which means I got a lot of reading done. This is what planes are good for, perhaps the only thing they’re good for — that strapped into a seat, flying south to north or coast to coast, we have, for a few hours anyway, time enough to read.

    2. It’s bitchy, fun and avoids the worst of the publishing industry’s most recent cliches We are at what seems like a low point in the history of book titles. Good titles are hard to find, but they make all the difference. Take Timothy Caulfield’s new book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? On the strength of the jacket blurb, I would not be overly interested in reading it. But that title ...

    3. Harold Bloom is 84 and a little under the weather. He is one of Yale’s more famous professors (where he’s been teaching for 60 years) and the author of dozens of books (including an anthology for “Extremely ­Intelligent Children”), many of them best sellers, many of them fascinating and enlightening, ... More »

    4. Indian director Satyajit Ray first came to prominence in the '50s with the three films known as The Apu Trilogy . John Powers says that even half a century later, the films "still expand our horizons."

    5. HARTFORD — The Trinity women's lacrosse team's season of transition has yielded the usual results and opportunities.

    6. Face Time with Russ Devereaux

      Kane County ChronicleMay 13 03:45 AM

      St. Charles resident Russ Devereaux, 27, was at the St. Charles Arts Council open house when he answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

    7. Summer reads: mystery, romance, modern classics

      AFP Relax News via Yahoo! NewsMay 11 02:49 AM

      Harper Lee, Stephen King, Sophie Kinsella... whatever your desire, from tackling a new classic to cracking open a guilty pleasure, we've got suggestions for a few soon-to-release novels to pack in your getaway bag this summer. This much-awaited book was written before Lee's only published novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and follows the latter's Scout Finch as an adult on a trip to visit her ...

    8. The play speculates on the artist's death.

    9. At 12:37 a.m. on May 21, it will be the first time in more than three decades that David Letterman is not on television.When the gap-toothed host signs off from the “Late Show” for the final time, it will create not only a gaping hole in viewing habits but also a huge emotional void for longtime fans. As the May 20 finale approaches, viewers will have to come to grips with the fact that it’s the...

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