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How Louis Armstrong Blew Audiences Away

"Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism" by scholar Thomas Brothers investigates the 'glory years' of Louis Armstrong's career - the 1920s and 1930s - during which the artist managed to be both a best-selling commercial star and an revolutionary musician at the same time.

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Tonya Harding and the High ‘Price of Gold’

Nanette Burnstein's new documentary, "The Price of Gold," digs behind the headlines of the infamous 1994 conflict between figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.

Salman Rushdie on Undercover Life

Rushdie’s new memoir recounts the surreal years following the publication of “The Satanic Verses,” after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him.

The Selby is in Your Dream Kitchen

Todd Selby, mastermind behind the New York Times column “Edible Selby” recently released a coffee table book chock-full of beautifully-shot kitchen spaces.

Alain de Botton Believes in Non-Belief

Alain de Botton has penned a string of bestsellers exploring the nature of Architecture, Philosophy, Work, Status, Love, and Religion. But, y’know, maybe one of these days he’ll try to focus on something actually important.

Sam Harris: Honestly

Neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris' new book explores his twenty year experiment in 'radical honesty' and discusses how even casual lying undermines human relationships.

Comic Artist Joe Sacco Faces the Black and White of War

A journalist and comic book artist, Joe Sacco uses the medium of graphic novels to tell non-fiction events in striking ways. In "The Great War" he focuses in on a single battle of WWI in great detail.