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How Quiet Should You Be During ‘Game of Thrones’? Fans Disagree

Here is a selection of the responses, which have been lightly edited. Shush! A solid majority of the commenters said they require total silence. Some of them said the issue had lost them friends. Continue reading the main story Several said the solution was in watching the episode multiple times: Silence is expected on the first viewing, but commentary is allowed in subsequent viewings. Meeghan Holaway, 47, of Pasadena, Calif., wrote in an email: Personally, I watch alone (the first time). I’m not even close to subtle or tactful. When…

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Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends

Megan Stecyk, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan: “100 Days of Cree,” by Neal McLeod “McLeod describes Cree as ‘the sexiest’ of all languages, and his book explores the humor, modernity and adaptability of today’s Cree. It’s easy to drop in to any page and learn the Cree word for the Death Star from Star Wars or a Tim Horton’s double-double, as well as traditional and seasonal phrases.” “The Devourers,” by Indra Das “This is Das’s first full fiction piece outside of his work in science fiction anthologies. It’s a raw, intense…

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Notebook: The Annie Leibovitz of the Alt-Right

Duke believes in the primacy of visual culture, and most right-wing figures, he says, don’t take enough care to make themselves look good. Newt Gingrich, he tells me, is “disheveled”; Steve Bannon is a “schlub”; Trump’s hair is “problematic.” At the same time, he thinks left-leaning media outlets — which is to say, just about anything other than Breitbart News and The Drudge Report — go out of their way to present the right in a negative way. Recently, he drew my attention to New York magazine’s March cover story…

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Why “Despacito” has become the song of the summer

Young Niana Guerrero drops everything to dance wherever she is to the world’s No. 1 song, “Despacito.” Her video has been viewed more than 69 million times.  This week, it became the most streamed song in history. Universal Music says the official version and a remix have been streamed 4.6 billion times since the original release six months ago.  CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports the song went to No. 1 in the U.S. this spring. It became just the third predominantly, or entirely, Spanish language song to reach the…

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Lena Dunham joins “American Horror Story”

Lena Dunham attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City. Getty Lena Dunham is making quite a pivot after closing out her HBO dramedy “Girls.” “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy announced that Dunham is joining the series for its seventh season. Dunham’s co-star, Allison Williams, also just made her mark in the horror genre with 2016’s wildly successful “Get Out.” Murphy tweeted on Wednesday, “Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham…

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Harry Potter Nerds Rejoice: 2 New ‘History of Magic’ Books Coming This Fall

Reuters reported that Bloomsbury made an announcement about the library exhibition and the two books on Tuesday. An official at Scholastic, which publishes “Harry Potter” books in the United States, did not immediately reply to an email seeking additional comment about the latest texts. According to the British Library’s website, “Harry Potter — A History of Magic” is the “official book” of the library’s exhibition, and what officials called a “collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library.” It pledges to mix the muggle world…

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Books of The Times: Hunted at the Zoo in ‘Fierce Kingdom’

“This strikes her as an important thought,” Phillips writes. “Proof that her brain is pushing through the panic.” Photo Gin Phillips Credit Ryane Rice Our full visibility into Joan’s moment-to-moment reasoning is also what makes this novel so clever and irresistible. “Fierce Kingdom” is a portrait of a mind at work under macabre duress. We feel almost as cornered and overwhelmed as Joan does, groaning under the burden of protecting her son from both an armed sociopath (maybe more than one?) and her own terror. Especially her own terror. “He…

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‘Valerian’ Is France’s Most Expensive Film Ever. Luc Besson Says ‘Who Cares?’

Fast forward to the 1990s. Mr. Besson — having already established his maximalist, big-hearted style with “The Big Blue,” “La Femme Nikita” and “Subway” — is working on “The Fifth Element,” the offbeat, campy 1997 sci-fi action movie starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. (The New York Times critic Janet Maslin gave it a skeptical review, with the headline “World Saved by a Nude Babe? Cool!”) Continue reading the main story Mr. Mézières, who helped create the look of “The Fifth Element,” suggested Mr. Besson…

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Mickey Mouse surprises brother and sister with adoption news

Tom, Elijah, Janielle and Courtney Gilmour pose with Mickey Mouse in Disney’s Magic Kingdom minutes after they announced their adoption plans. Courtney Gilmour A recent trip to Disney World was more than magical for these young first-timers — it was life-changing. During a vacation to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in April, 12-year-old Janielle and and her 10-year-old brother Elijah learned they were both getting adopted. The children, who had been living with their foster parents, Courtney and Tom Gilmour, for nearly three years, knew the day would come. But they never…

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