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  • Review: 'Judge This' by Chip Kidd

    Review: 'Judge This' by Chip Kidd
    TED Books, a new publishing partnership between TED and Simon & Schuster, is one of the latest tentacles of the sprawling pop-intellectual brand that already disseminates ideas via Internet videos, tremendously expensive live events and radio programs. Its slogan, printed on the back covers of editions, is this: "TED Books: Small books, big ideas." One of the venture's recent titles, Chip Kidd's "Judge This," lives up to precisely half of that ideal.
  • Ebert, Joplin, Updike among fascinating interviews on 'Blank on Blank'

    Ebert, Joplin, Updike among fascinating interviews on 'Blank on Blank'
    Watching one of the 40 "Blank on Blank" videos is almost like watching a preview for a movie, except instead of offering the summation of a plot, it provides a quick insight to the thoughts of great actors, authors and musicians. "Blank on Blank," based...

    Jazz and classical musician Gunther Schuller dies at 89

    Gunther Schuller, a horn player, educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, died Sunday at age 89. His son, Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday morning...

    New Language Books Make Good Summer Reads

    New Language Books  Make Good Summer Reads
    Whether you're headed for peak, park or porch this summer, tote along one of these new books about language. Visiting England? Be sure to bring along Erin Moore's charming "That's Not English — Briticisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says...

    Virginia court slows planned closure of Sweet Briar College

    The Supreme Court of Virginia has tapped the brakes on Sweet Briar College's planned closure, concluding that the debate on the demise of the 114-year-old women's college is far from over. The decision Tuesday to return the case challenging the college's...