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25 Sep 2007 // 10:59 PM

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Because "the act of reading is not natural" in the sense of "genetically organized," the brain must "rearrange itself" to do so, a process Wolf explains on a neuronal level.

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23 Sep 2007 // 5:12 AM

‘The War,’ documentary series beginning Sunday on PBS

At first, Ken Burns’ monumental new work, “The War,” looks and sounds familiar, and because of that, is almost comforting. There are recognizable Burns touches

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18 Sep 2007 // 3:42 AM

An odyssey into the heart of China

CHONGQING, China—A damp rat lumbered into the darkness beneath a bed that rents for 24 cents a night. Cobwebs and wires dangled overhead. The air

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17 Sep 2007 // 7:00 AM

BEIJING—It’s just a 10-second scene in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, the Will Smith flick about a struggling single father and his

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25 Aug 2007 // 5:42 AM

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)

Manda Bala does what documentaries do best -- illuminate an intellectual or social situation that our otherwise narrow Western viewpoint would never even consider.

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Fading to Grey: Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky has peered into the abyss of the future with the eye of a true skeptic. And being the intellectual he is I am sure that he has revelled in the abyss staring back at him in an equally skeptical manner.

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21 Aug 2007 // 2:59 AM

China prepares to welcome world to 2008 Olympics

BEIJING—Hosting the Summer Olympics is a coup for any country, but China regards the 2008 Beijing Games as nothing short of a historic marker of

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20 Aug 2007 // 5:52 AM

‘God’s Warriors’: CNN’s Amanpour looks at ‘zealots’

They’ve been called radicals, militants or zealots. Christiane Amanpour calls them “God’s Warriors.” The CNN reporter’s three-part series on the subject, scheduled

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16 Aug 2007 // 5:29 AM

The presence of Ken Burns’ father looms large in his son’s latest PBS epic. But viewers won’t know it. An unidentified photograph of

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16 Aug 2007 // 2:20 AM

‘Tale’ seeks to tell the cold truth about the Arctic

SAN FRANCISCO - In the very early days of making the wildlife saga “Arctic Tale,” cinematographer-director Adam Ravetch and his wife, Sarah Robertson, were aboard

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14 Aug 2007 // 4:11 AM

Summercamp!

Respectful and perceptive, Summercamp! isn't quite what you expect.

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2 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See's Peony in Love about a lovelorn maiden disappoints as a novel but is a fascinating window on historical China.

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The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility by Mark Rosenbe

Scholar says the cycle of neglect that marks U.S. policy toward Central America isn't likely to be broken soon.

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24 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Peony brings to life the heartache of women in 17th century China.

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16 Jul 2007 // 7:18 AM

After a week now of TV critics mixing with producers, executives and stars, one production looms larger and larger over the fall landscape: Ken Burns’

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11 Jul 2007 // 2:00 AM

Chasing dot-com dream in China

BEIJING—In the office after hours, the Chinese economic miracle didn’t feel much like magic. Spent cups of instant noodles lay in the trash

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10 Jul 2007 // 3:00 AM

TRAVELOGUE: Beijing’s Olympic bubble

Wang Hai Xia, who knows Beijing pretty well, had to ask directions twice to find the Dashanzi Art District in an industrial area outside the

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8 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

A People’s Historian

Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train serves as an important reminder to anyone academia-minded that professional advancement and the goals of education do not always converge.

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5 Jul 2007 // 2:03 AM

Film rallies youths to Hmong cause

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—At a recent demonstration at the California state Capitol for Gen. Vang Pao and the other 10 defendants charged with plotting the overthrow of

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2 Jul 2007 // 3:38 AM

A world-class district for Beijing art - if not its artists

BEIJING - A gritty, moribund industrial zone of Beijing has come alive as China’s premier center of contemporary art and culture, its galleries and

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