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House of Mercury poem as read by Dr. Fady Joudah

A Poem On How The Human Spirit Survives Overlapping Crises

In Dr. Fady Joudah’s poem “House of Mercury,” a severe summer storm has blown over Houston. The storm’s destructive winds woke up the narrator’s father, who hears the “snaps and creaks” of the two oaks in the front yard. But it was a “nearly uprooted fig tree,” the poem notes, that brought the father to tears. Continue Reading A Poem On How The Human Spirit Survives Overlapping Crises

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Fatima's Great Outdoors, by Ambreen Tariq and Stevie Lewis Kokila

Camping Is An Adventure For All Americans In ‘Fatima’s Great Outdoors’

Ambreen Tariq’s new children’s book, Fatima’s Great Outdoors is a story about an Indian immigrant family’s first time exploring the outdoors, and it’s as much a story about curiosity and adventure as it is about trying to assimilate as an immigrant in this country. Tariq says Fatima’s story is her own story. “Every moment in that book is real. Every snippet, every story.” Continue Reading Camping Is An Adventure For All Americans In ‘Fatima’s Great Outdoors’

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Regé-Jean Page's Duke

We Swoon, We Faint — ‘Bridgerton’ Will Return For Season 2 Without Its Hunky Duke

Season two of the hit TV series Bridgerton will roll out for fans without its hunky star, Regé-Jean Page, who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. Set during the Regency era in 1813 London, the show’s first season was a steamy love story between Simon and Daphne Bridgerton. Continue Reading We Swoon, We Faint — ‘Bridgerton’ Will Return For Season 2 Without Its Hunky Duke

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Tina Turner and her children, photographed in 1967. Courtesy of HBO

Tina Turner’s Life Explored In New Documentary

Near the end of HBO’s new documentary, Tina, the movie implies the legendary singer has made a decision: after this film rolls out, Tina Turner just might be done appearing in public and talking about her life. It’s an odd message, coming from a woman whose life story and experiences have inspired at least four books, an Oscar-nominated biopic, a Broadway musical and, now, this new film. Continue Reading Tina Turner’s Life Explored In New Documentary

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Eddie Izzard co-wrote the script for Six Minutes to Midnight, and stars as half German, half British teacher Thomas Miller. Courtesy of IFC Films

Comedian Eddie Izzard Switches To Screenwriting And Acting For ‘Six Minutes To Midnight’

Eddie Izzard, the wildly-admired and inventive comic, was in a museum in the British resort town of Bexhill-on-Sea, where she spent much time as a child, when historians showed her an old badge from the Augusta Victoria school for girls in the 1930’s. There was a Union Jack on the crest — and a Nazi swastika. Continue Reading Comedian Eddie Izzard Switches To Screenwriting And Acting For ‘Six Minutes To Midnight’

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