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A Dylan Thomas Centennial in New York 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:10:38 GMT 
    The 92nd Street Y is marking the centennial of Dylan Thomas’s birth with an exhibition and a revival of his 1953 radio play “Under Milk Wood” this weekend.








ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’ 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:28:30 GMT 
    Mr. Risen discusses his new book about the war on terror, and Lucy Worsley talks about “The Art of the English Murder.”








ArtsBeat: Changing the Debate: Katha Pollitt Talks About ‘Pro’ 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25:30 GMT 
    Ms. Pollitt discusses her new book about the pro-choice side’s tactics in the abortion debate.








Art and Outrage 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:02:23 GMT 
    New books that circumvent established norms and smash accepted verities to smithereens.


Ali Mazrui, Scholar of Africa Who Divided U.S. Audiences, Dies at 81 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:58:59 GMT 
    Professor Mazrui, who had taught since 1989 at Binghamton University, set off national criticism with his 1986 television documentary, “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.”








Critic's Take: Art of Darkness 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:08 GMT 
    Must the revolutionary artist ignore the basic laws of decency that govern our world in order to transform that world?


‘The Immortal Evening,’ by Stanley Plumly 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:44:52 GMT 
    Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb attend a famous dinner party.


‘The Poet and the Vampyre,’ by Andrew McConnell Stott 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:44:36 GMT 
    An 1816 “ghost story” contest had lasting literary consequences.


Jean Thompson’s ‘The Witch: And Other Tales Re-told’ 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:57 GMT 
    Folk and fairy tales are loosely reimagined and rendered with scrupulous realism.


‘Ghosts: A Natural History,’ by Roger Clarke 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:39 GMT 
    A 500-year history of apparitions, poltergeists, séances and our longing to believe in the paranormal.


Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘On the Edge’ 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:16 GMT 
    In Edward St. Aubyn’s novel, a large cast of seekers cross paths at Esalen.


The Shortlist: Chuck Palahniuk's 'Beautiful You,' and More 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:25:56 GMT 
    New books by Chuck Palahniuk, Merritt Tierce, David Ohle and Fred Venturini.


Open Book: Spooky Suggestions 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:11:02 GMT 
    Four reviewers share their memories of reading creepy books.


Horror Novels: Reviews of Anne Rice's 'Prince Lestat,' and More 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:31 GMT 
    Reviews of Anne Rice’s “Prince Lestat” and several novels about middle-class domestic anxiety.


Nordic Noir: New Books by Karin Fossum, Jens Lapidus and More 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:06 GMT 
    New mysteries by Karin Fossum, Jens Lapidus and more.
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