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Vickie Karp

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Third Screen: Paul Auster, "Invisible" Man

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 8:23 PM

I'm on sabbatical. Here's an exclusive interview with Paul Auster by guest contributor Nick Obourn.

Paul Auster has been called "one of America's greatest living novelists" by The Observer of London. His latest novel, Invisible, opens in New York City in 1967, when 20-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and...

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Ashton Kutcher Talks Public Service, Star Treak, and Football Pants

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2009 | 12:04 PM

In April 2009, Jake Coyle reported at HuffPost that actor Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a dead heat to see who could be the first to break a million followers on Twitter.

Kutcher won.


According to

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The Literary Kennedys

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 12:07 AM

Lots of poetry batting about in honor of Ted Kennedy, including some very moving lines within his famous speeches --Tennyson's "I am a part of all that I have met." And in spirit if not quotes, Hughes' "What happens to a dream deferred?"

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Third Screen: Adam Richman, Food Athlete

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 11:36 AM


Caught up with Adam Richman, star of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel, Wednesday nights at 10pm, to talk food, towns, people, history, and to ask ...

How fat is your crew? How do you really feel about that place...

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Third Screen: How Now Dow... Chemical?

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 10:45 AM

Corporations don't always do what's right. Maybe they can't. Maybe they don't want to. Maybe they want to but the shareholders wouldn't like it.

Government? Same problem, only substitute voters for shareholders.

Beginning in 1999, at the time of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, Washington, two...

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Third Screen: It's Violent, Dangerous, and Beautiful. It's ... Bird Watching

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 2:21 PM

Olivia Gentile, author of the recently released non-fiction thriller/biography, Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds.

I caught up with journalist/author Olivia Gentile to talk about how she came to write Life List: A Woman's Quest...

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Michael Jackson on Michael Jackson

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2009 | 2:02 PM

Details from Michael Jackson's patent on the choreography of "Smooth Criminal"

In his own eyes, Michael Jackson wrote poems. Here's a stanza from one, in which he talks about how the world sees him. Unwittingly, it's as if he sent a...

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Third Screen: Entertainment vs. Recession Porn

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2009 | 10:39 AM


Who is rich and powerful? Who is poor and weak? Artists and journalists always write about these things, but how they do so is telling.

During this current economic crisis, a disturbing number of journalists and artists have let the struggles of the poor...

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Third Screen: The Next Manhattan DA May Be A Woman

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2009 | 1:38 PM

Yesterday, on the steps of City Hall, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch endorsed Leslie Crocker Snyder for Manhattan DA. saying, "She is the most qualified candidate ... because of her life-long commitment to fighting for equality and justice." Snyder would be the first woman to hold this position (on television,...

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Third Screen: Lotto Winner Gives Millions to the Arts

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2009 | 10:42 PM


In 2007, Cynthia Stafford won $120 million with her father and older brother. You know all those stories about folks who hit Lotto only to have their lives fall apart? Cynthia Stafford is not one of those people. Where she once gave contributions...

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Third Screen: J. D. Salinger Sues

(7) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 9:07 AM

Just wrote about a contest in which people write sequels to great books. In jest. And now comes the news from Reuters that the ultra-reclusive J.D. Salinger is suing the author of an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye, to be published by Nicotext: "J.D. Salinger on Monday...

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Third Screen: Roger Clemens, Baseball, and Steroids -- How Deep is Your Love?

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2009 | 5:30 PM


Do we really need to see superstar pitcher Roger Clemens challenged by senators at congressional hearings to know that baseball has gotten a little off point lately, perhaps a bit two-faced on ethics? Apparently, we do.

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The Parents of Etan Patz Have Not Changed Their Phone Number in 30 Years

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 5:58 PM

Sometimes a book is so much more than a good read.

After Etan by Lisa R. Cohen, out this month, tells the story of the disappearance of Etan Patz. Etan was the child who walked the two blocks to his school bus...

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Third Screen: Yoko Ono Calling, and It's For You

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2009 | 4:03 PM


At John Lennon: The New York City Years, opening Tuesday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York, watch out for the phone near the exit.

It's called Telephone Peace. It will have a little sign on it which says...

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Third Screen: Louis Armstrong, In the Cause of Happiness

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 1:41 PM

Photo: An original collage by Louis Armstrong

Caught up with Phoebe Jacobs by phone just now -- you'll see her tonight on NBC News around 7pm (ET) alongside scholar Robert O'Meally, talking about a new book of Louis Armstrong's collages - Satchmo:...

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Swine Flu Round-Up: Dorothy Parker, Mussolini, Elizabeth Edwards

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 5:03 PM


If you need cheering up during the Swine Flu outbreak, take a look at Dorothy Parker's famous old book review on the love-life of poisonous bacteria.

Based on Appendicitis by Dr. Thew Wright, Parker considers the germ, from Spring fever to perforated ulcers.


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Third Screen: Houdini and Friends, 2009

(5) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 9:39 PM

Just wrote about the amazing Society of American Magicians and their Chariman of the Board, Tom Klem, for my True/Slant blog. The response was so surprisingly strong I want to share it with you here at huff, too. Why the attraction to the...

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Third Screen: Russell Simmons on Anger, Money, and Power

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 4:32 PM

A lot of people think of rappers and hip-hop artists and performance poets and urban youth in general as angry. But an interesting turn of events is occurring in America. These days, they actually seem calm and well-adjusted compared to the rest of us, as we watch our safe vision...

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Third Screen: Can Banks End Poverty?

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2009 | 10:10 AM

Busy weekend for Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist, Fulbright scholar, NY Times best-selling author, and "father of micro finance."

It included speaking engagements at Harvard, Georgetown, St. John's University for the launch of America's first degree program in Social Business,...

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Third Screen: Joe Frazier on How To Be A Man

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2009 | 1:36 AM


Amazing documentary premiering on HBO Saturday, April 11th. Thrilla In Manila, directed by John Dower, tells the story of the third and final bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from Frazier's point of view. Not since the Oscar-winning When We Were Kings, which...

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