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It's a Sin follows a cast of characters (Omari Douglas, Lydia West, David Carlyle, Callum Scott Howells and Nathaniel Curtis) in London as they deal with the emergence of the AIDS epidemic. CREDIT: Ben Blackall/HBO Max

TV REVIEW: ‘It’s A Sin’ Series, Set During AIDS Epidemic, Resonates During COVID-19

The emergence of AIDS provides the impetus for It’s a Sin, a hit British series about five young people who share a London apartment over the years from 1981 to ’91. The show is the semi-autobiographical brainchild of Russell T. Davies, a writer best known for creating Queer as Folk and resurrecting Doctor Who. With his gimlet eye for the pop jugular, Davies turns the story of that deadly pandemic into a soapy drama that, like many dance songs from that era, is equal parts bounciness and woe. Continue Reading TV REVIEW: ‘It’s A Sin’ Series, Set During AIDS Epidemic, Resonates During COVID-19

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Book cover - The Price you pay for College by Ron Lieber

5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

For many families, paying for college is one of the biggest financial decisions they’ll make. College tuition is the highest it’s ever been — and the financial aid process is anything but clear. American journalist Ron Lieber’s new book, The Price You Pay for College aims to take the black box of college financials and, “turn it lighter and lighter shades of gray.” Continue Reading 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

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Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), who was killed by the police in a 1969 raid. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

FILM REVIEW: ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Is A Tense Thriller About The Black Panther Party

One of the virtues of Judas and the Black Messiah is that it gives us such a captivating sense of who Hampton was. He’s played here by an electrifying Daniel Kaluuya, who captures the young man’s gift for inspiring other activists and his ferocious critique of the nation’s white power structure. Continue Reading FILM REVIEW: ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Is A Tense Thriller About The Black Panther Party

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Poet and writer Alex Dimitrov

Poetry Collection ‘Love And Other Poems’ Promises That Love Will Find Us

The book is guided by the structure of time. We go full circle from June through to May; summer through to spring. There is a poem for each month, just as there is a poem for each feeling. Pleasure, annoyance, boredom, spiritual awakening — we feel it all. And as the poems travel through time, the poet’s vulnerability and loneliness are palpable enough to, perhaps deliberately, make the reader feel less alone. Continue Reading Poetry Collection ‘Love And Other Poems’ Promises That Love Will Find Us

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Book cover - The Removed by Brandon Hobson

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Removed’ Walks A Path Between Memory And Mourning

The roads taken by the family in The Removed, Brandon Hobson’s new novel, are essential ones in this moment of national reclaiming. The story in this book is deeply resonant and profound, and not only because of its exquisite lyricism. It’s also a hard and visceral entrance into our own reckoning as a society and civic culture with losses we created, injustices we allowed, and family separations we ignored. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Removed’ Walks A Path Between Memory And Mourning

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Photo of Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer, Star Of Stage, Screen, ‘Sound Of Music,’ Dies At 91

In 2012, when he was already well into his 80s, Christopher Plummer told NPR that he was busier than he had been in a long time – and that was OK with him. “You never stop learning how to act, both on screen and on the stage,” he said. “I feel like I’m starting all over again. Every sort of decade I feel this, and that’s very satisfying.” Continue Reading Christopher Plummer, Star Of Stage, Screen, ‘Sound Of Music,’ Dies At 91

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The Copenhagen Trilogy, by Tove Ditlevsen Farrar, Straus and Giroux

New Translation Shares The Voice Of A Danish Poet Who Wrote As Intensely As She Lived

Tove Ditlevsen’s brilliance is evident when you read her confessional memoir, The Copenhagen Trilogy, which is newly available in a crisp translation by Tiina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman. Told in a sneakily plain, highly addictive voice, it’s the portrait of the artist as a young woman who wrote as hard as she lived. Continue Reading New Translation Shares The Voice Of A Danish Poet Who Wrote As Intensely As She Lived

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The Ex Talk, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

‘The Ex Talk’ Is A Romance Novel Set At A Northwest Public Radio Station

Author Rachel Lynn Solomon based the story partly on her own experience. “Shay’s journey mirrors mine in a lot of ways,” she tells me via email. “We both studied journalism in college, and at the beginning of the book, she produces a talk show similar to the one I worked on in my early twenties. I also reported a handful of stories and produced a weekly pre-recorded show for Seattle’s KUOW. Continue Reading ‘The Ex Talk’ Is A Romance Novel Set At A Northwest Public Radio Station

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She Persisted: Harriet Tubman, by Andrea Davis Pinkney

‘She Persisted,’ Now In Chapter Book Form, Brings History To Life

Chelsea Clinton has taken her bestselling She Persisted series of picture books, and with the help of some pretty amazing women in their own right, is turning them into chapter books. Chapter books! Clinton says chapter books were not part of the original vision for She Persisted, but when she saw that kids were getting more and more curious about the women featured in the books, she decided to run with the idea. Continue Reading ‘She Persisted,’ Now In Chapter Book Form, Brings History To Life

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Justin Timberlake (left) and Ryder Allen star as Eddie and Sam in the new movie Palmer on Apple TV+. Apple TV+

Justin Timberlake Hopes New Movie ‘Palmer’ Will ‘Open Eyes, And Open Ears, And Open Hearts’

In the new film “Palmer,” Justin Timberlake plays Eddie, a former high school football star who comes back to his Louisiana hometown after more than a decade in prison. As he pieces together his new life, Eddie moves in with his grandmother and befriends her young neighbor, a boy named Sam. Continue Reading Justin Timberlake Hopes New Movie ‘Palmer’ Will ‘Open Eyes, And Open Ears, And Open Hearts’

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