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Ask Me Another
9:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Product Placement' With Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry plays a game called "Product Placement" on the Ask Me Another stage at Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
Mettie Ostrowski

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:07 am

Popular soft drinks, sports cars and other brands appear surreptitiously placed in the worlds of our favorite TV shows and films all the time. Soon enough, we may see them name-dropped in our books, too.

To help imagine some egregious-yet-hilarious examples of this, we invited a prolific writer to Ask Me Another: award-winning young adult author Lois Lowry. Lowry joins forces with a fellow book-loving contestant to play "Product Placement," a game in which they must combine the titles of famous literary works with the names of household products and companies.

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Ask Me Another
9:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Barney Frank: The Comedian's Politician

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank as Ask Me Another's Very Important Puzzler, at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
Mettie Ostrowski

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:07 am

Retiring in 2013 after 32 years as a member of the House of Representatives, Barney Frank took on his greatest challenge yet: joining Ask Me Another at the Wilbur Theatre in downtown Boston for an evening of trivia.

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Ask Me Another
9:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Plus One' With Wesley Morris

Film critic Wesley Morris (right) faces off against a fellow movie buff in front of a crowd at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
Mettie Ostrowski

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:07 am

New movies — especially sequels — hit theaters so quickly these days, it can be hard to tell what's worth checking out. So we thought it would be fitting to call upon the Boston-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Wesley Morris for some clarity.

Morris chats with host Ophira Eisenberg about whether it was hometown bias that led him to predict that Argo would take home the Oscar for Best Picture, and exemplifies how difficult it can be for a lifelong film scholar to narrow down an answer to the question, "What is your favorite movie?"

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Monkey See
8:41 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Loving 'Gatsby' Too Much And Not Enough

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.
Daniel Smith Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:19 pm

[I really hope it goes without saying that this piece about the film adaptation of a decades-old novel gives away the plot of a decades-old novel. But: Be aware.]

The sheer zazz that Baz Luhrmann introduces into The Great Gatsby is so imposing in quantity that it's surprising that it can get out of the way enough not to be the biggest problem in the movie. Luhrmann, after all, loves his swooping cameras and party scenes, and Gatsby gives him the best excuse for excess that there is: a story about excess.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Book News: Microsoft Rumored To Be Interested In Buying Nook

Microsoft already owns nearly a 17 percent stake in Nook Media.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:33 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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