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John Banville: The Lost Leader | The New Republic

James Joyce: A New Biography By Gordon Bowker (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 608 pp., $35)   THERE ARE CERTAIN artistic geniuses who demand that we should know their lives in detail, since for them the story of their lives is a living component of thewider story of their art. In …

Celeb birthdays for July 31, 2012

Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 77. Actress Susan Flannery (“Bold and the Beautiful”) is 73. Singer Lobo is 69. Singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys is 67. Actor Michael Biehn is 56. Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 55. Drummer Bill Berry (R.E.M.) is 54. Actor …

BBC News – Dozens of Caravaggio sketches ‘discovered’

Two Italian art historians say they believe they have uncovered dozens of sketches and paintings attributable to the Renaissance master Caravaggio. The works are believed to date from Caravaggio’s time as a student in Milan, Italian media reports. They were previously ascribed to the archive of painter Simone Peterzano, with …

Ray Bradbury, author of ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray Bradbury anticipated iPods, interactive television, electronic surveillance and live, sensational media events, including televised police pursuits – and not necessarily as good things. The science fiction-fantasy master spent his life conjuring such visions from his childhood dreams and Cold War fears, spinning tales of telepathic …

15 Summer Reads Handpicked By Indie Booksellers : NPR

  Booksellers know how important a good story is — one that reaches out, pulls you in and keeps you reading late into the warm summer night. As readers seek out recommendations for their summer travels, booksellers are scouring their shelves for the stories that shine. For some suggestions, we …