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Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist

From a new book that explores the ever changing and always complex relationship between God and America, here’s a portrait of the preacher who tried to scare people into Heaven.

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When Patients Rise From the Dead

In the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.

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How Texas Got to Be Big Red

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.

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The Power of Queer Books

It’s well known that a book can change a life. But what if you don’t have access to stories that reflect your own experience? The curators of a new exhibit reflect on the importance of queer books in their own lives.

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Middle-Earth’s Heart Of War

It’s sixty years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of The Lord of The Rings. Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of schoolfriends?

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Franco: Cormac McCarthy Changed My Life

‘It felt like Faulkner and Melville but with grisly scenes of murder and atrocity that gave a contemporary and strangely authentic feel, as if McCarthy had actually been there.’

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How the Dude Came to Abide

Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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The Unsinkable Lee Grant

A star at 23, then blacklisted for 12 years, actress Lee Grant rebuilt her career, won a pair of Oscars, and caps it all with a frank and spirited memoir.

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

A novel about investigating a family tragedy, another about the overlapping lives of an American girl and an Okinawan nurse, and a daughter’s memoir of her outlaw father.

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The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)

From John Updike to Louis Armstrong, from Mavis Staples to John Quincy Adams, we round up the most fascinating life stories published this year.

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A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psycho

Rhoda Penmark is a serial killer who’s murdered three people and a dog. Rhoda is eight

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Everything to Know About Tove Lo, Sweden’s Newest Pop Sensation

Last week, the Swedish pop singer Tove Lo made her American TV debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers; she’s climbing up the Hot 100; and she’s about to tour with Katy Perry. It is time to learn who she is! Here’s what you need to know:It’s pronounced “Too-veh Lu.”But … More »

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How to Watch ABC’s Rising Star the Right Way

Despite the recent cancellation of The X Factor and American Idol’s steady decline over the past few years, ABC still thinks it can get America interested in a new singing-based talent show. Its trick? Live voting. Rising Star premiered last night, and by the looks of it, ABC is seriously … More »

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George R.R. Martin Helps John Oliver Destroy Dr. Oz

On last night’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on Dr. Oz and his pandering to the nutritional-supplement industry. Towards the end of his over-16-minute evisceration, he wanted to prove that you can pander to your audience without putting them in serous medical harm. He pandered in the same way … More »

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When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right

The new PBS documentary ‘Freedom Summer’ lays bare a Deep South world where African Americans risked jobs, homes, and their lives for the right to vote.

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Sondheim Corrects Record on Into the Woods Changes

Stephen Sondheim is backpedaling a bit on what changes fans can expect in the movie adaptation of Into the Woods. In a New Yorker article last week, Sondheim said that the sexual encounter between the Baker’s Wife and the Prince had been cut, which also meant cutting the song “Any … More »

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You’ll Want to Watch This Clip of Tilda Swinton Fighting Chris Evans

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Faithful reader, it’s time to make a decision: Are you going to be one of those people who sees Snowpiercer for the first time when it’s a cult hit years from now, or are you going to get in on the ground floor this Friday, when the movie comes out … More »

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Anthony Stewart Head on Dominion, the Giles Spinoff Film, and Being a Joss Whedon Yes-Man

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“Angels are the new vampires — I’ve been saying that for quite a while,” Anthony Stewart Head tells us. He would know. After playing beloved mentor Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for many years, he’s become an expert on all sorts of demonology and supernatural forces, making him a natural fit … More »

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Yes, the Aaliyah Lifetime Movie Will Include R. Kelly

If you happened to be wondering (like we were) if the upcoming Aaliyah biopic set to air on Lifetime will include her secret marriage to R. Kelly … The answer to that question is: Yes, it will. Or so says executive producer Debra Martin Chase to “Page Six”:“Aaliyah’s personal and … More »

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