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Broad-winged hawks flock when migrating. Illustration -- Adelaide Tyrol

A Fine Kettle of … Hawks?

Monday, September 15, 2014

It rained heavily the first time I had planned to go on a hawk watch, and the trip to Mt. Tom in western Massachusetts was …

New Mammals Discovered That Lived With Dinosaurs

Monday, September 15, 2014

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the …

Neuroscience Provides Clues To Organization

Monday, September 15, 2014

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don’t try to multitask. Turn off the …

‘Dolphin Tale’ Sequel Has a Sweet Story to Tell

Saturday, September 13, 2014

America’s favorite dolphin returns to the screen in Dolphin Tale 2, a sequel as eager to charm audiences as the 2011 original. Again “inspired by true events,” Dolphin Tale 2 provides family-friendly animal fare that should engage tweens …

Serious-Minded ‘Calvary’ Sneaks Up on Viewers

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘The Drop’ Is an A tmospheric T hriller

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Drop, a taut, atmospheric, exceedingly well-written thriller adapted by Dennis Lehane from one of his short stories, commits one of the most egregious sins in fiction, introducing an adorable puppy early in the proceedings, only to trot …

Late Night Shows Remain All-Male, Kathy Griffin Laments

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Los Angeles — Last year, as a late-night TV shake-up ended with yet another chorus line of white male hosts, Joan Rivers decried the lack of women in any of the coveted jobs as “beyond frustrating.” Days after …

A Young Man’s Confession

Friday, September 12, 2014

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, by Andrew Lohse; Thomas Dunne Books; 303 pages; $25.99 Dartmouth College hazing whistleblower Andrew Lohse published his memoir, Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy , a 303-page narrative detailing the …

Stories That Paint Sexuality In Its Teenage Complexity

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rainey Royal, by Dylan Landis ; Soho Press ; 246 pages, $25 A birth control pill with a glass of milk. This is what Howard Royal serves his daughter Rainey for breakfast every morning. He “waits until she …

Thriller Writer Labors to Turn U.S. Policy in Africa Into a Page-Turner

Friday, September 12, 2014

Washington — As he began writing his third book on U.S.-Africa policy and development, Todd Moss, a former State Department official, realized something. It would be boring. Just another text for the shelves of foreign-policy wonks, Ph.D.s and think tank denizens like himself. “I decided, ‘Let me try …

Robin Williams Biography Planned

Friday, September 12, 2014

Henry Holt has acquired the rights to a biography of the late Robin Williams, to be written by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff. “The book will provide the definitive, comprehensive account of Williams’s life and will recount his journey from lonesome youth to indefatigable comedian, and …

Rice Scoop Puts TMZ Out Front in Chase for Sports News

Friday, September 12, 2014

Los Angeles — The website TMZ has brought professional sports to its knees again by exposing a scandal, this time with video of a running back punching his fiancee dragging her, unconscious, out of an elevator. Five months ago it was audio of the then-owner of the Los …

Art Notes: Prints From the Railroad’s Heyday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When Brian D. Cohen began his first job post-graduate school as an art teacher at the Putney School in Vermont, teaching the students how to make prints was part of the curriculum. Cohen was an oil painter then, …