Friday, April 3

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Stranger Still

Kamel Daoud’s celebrated retelling of Albert Camus’s The Stranger came within two votes of winning the Prix Goncourt. It has also made him a target of radical Islamists.

Wednesday, April 1

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Scenes with Joan Scheckel

She teaches directors to direct.

Tuesday, March 31

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Those Like Us

On Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous Italian novelist.

Monday, March 30

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Watching Rocky II with Muhammad Ali

“The regular average layman couldn’t see what I see. And the way they’re painting the trainer is all wrong. Look at him there, screaming, Do this! and Do that! I never had anyone telling me what to do. I did it. Shouting at the fighter like that makes him look like an animal, like a horse to be trained.”

Saturday, March 28

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John Madden Hockey

The making of an all-time great video game.

Thursday, March 26

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The Ad-Rock Retirement Plan

The former Beastie Boy, 48, tries to figure out what’s next.

Wednesday, March 25

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Life Lines

Lonnie Sue Johnson is an artist who can’t retain a memory for longer than a minute or two.

Monday, March 23

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The Undiminished Charisma of Sarah Lucas

The British artist, a contemporary of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, has been called “the most unabashedly all-balls-out, rock ‘n’ roll” of her generation.

Thursday, March 19

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The Woman Who Froze in Fargo

A woman thought a Coen brothers movie was a “true story” and tracked it to her death. Now someone’s made a fictional film about her, further blurring the lines between reality and artifice.

Wednesday, March 18

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Harper Lee’s Forgotten True-Crime Project

Many people hoped that this would be the second book she’d publish.

Tuesday, March 17

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Desperately Seeking Susan

Being friends with Susan Sontag was thrilling, but also “shot through in the end with mutual irritation.”

Monday, March 16

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Happy Ugly Feet

What’s behind the cyclical fashionability of the monstrously ugly Birkenstock?