Arts

Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu September 20, 2012

A Leap Of The Imagination Across The 'River Of Bees'

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 10:09 am

Ursula Le Guin comes immediately to mind when you turn the pages of Kij Johnson's first book of short stories, her debut collection is that impressive. The title piece has that wonderful power we hope for in all fiction we read, the surprising imaginative leap that takes us to recognize the marvelous in the everyday.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu September 20, 2012

T.C. Boyle's 'San Miguel' Is No Island Paradise

Viking Adult

San Miguel is the name of a treeless island off the coast of California where, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a few nervy ranchers struggled to raise sheep. San Miguel is also the name of T. Coraghessan Boyle's chilling and beautiful new novel, which is loosely based on the memoirs of those ranchers.

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New In Paperback
6:03 am
Thu September 20, 2012

New In Paperback Sept. 17-23

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Alan Hollinghurst, Thomas Frank, Siddhartha Deb, Emmanuel Carrere and Mindy Kaling.

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Movie Interviews
2:27 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Watch This: Filmmaker Kevin Smith's Varied Tastes

Kevin Smith has served as a writer, actor and director for films such as Clerks.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:33 pm

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Elusive, Endangered 'Knuckleball'

Knuckleball! also features the only other active knuckleball pitcher during the 2011 season: R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets.
Break Thru Films

There are essentially two things that can happen with a knuckleball. It can float toward the plate without spin, jerk around like boozy relatives at a wedding hall and make the world's best hitters look like hapless Looney Tunes characters. Or it can float toward the plate with spin, lope with a steady trajectory at 65 mph and give the world's best hitters the juiciest slab of red meat this side of Sizzler.

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