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Books: Martha Weinman Lear Returns to Medical Memoir, With Less Fury, in ‘Echoes of Heartsounds’ 
  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:07:55 GMT 
    Martha Weinman Lear returns to the territory she covered in “Heartsounds,” but this is not a sequel so much as a rueful epilogue, a brief account of her own recent skirmish with heart disease.








Laugharne Journal: In Wales, a Toast to Dylan Thomas on His 100th Birthday 
  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:23:39 GMT 
    In a country that has long been ill at ease with its hard-living son, Thomas’s granddaughter is trying to refocus public attention on the poet’s work.








Michel Faber Plans to Stop Writing Novels 
  Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:10:24 GMT 
    Ahead of the American publication of his latest work, “The Book of Strange New Things,” Michel Faber discusses it and why it will be his last novel.








Books of The Times: ‘At Home in Exile,’ on the Jewish Diaspora, by Alan Wolfe 
  Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:32:25 GMT 
    In “At Home in Exile,” Alan Wolfe argues that the Diaspora has fostered in Jews a commitment to defend the rights of other groups and to live by universal values wherever they may be.








A Dylan Thomas Centennial in New York 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:10:38 GMT 
    The 92nd Street Y is marking the centennial of Dylan Thomas’s birth with an exhibition and a revival of his 1953 radio play “Under Milk Wood” this weekend.








ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’ 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:28:30 GMT 
    Mr. Risen discusses his new book about the war on terror, and Lucy Worsley talks about “The Art of the English Murder.”








ArtsBeat: Changing the Debate: Katha Pollitt Talks About ‘Pro’ 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25:30 GMT 
    Ms. Pollitt discusses her new book about the pro-choice side’s tactics in the abortion debate.








Art and Outrage 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:02:23 GMT 
    New books that circumvent established norms and smash accepted verities to smithereens.


Critic's Take: Art of Darkness 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:08 GMT 
    Must the revolutionary artist ignore the basic laws of decency that govern our world in order to transform that world?


‘The Immortal Evening,’ by Stanley Plumly 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:44:52 GMT 
    Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb attend a famous dinner party.
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