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A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

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Frances McDormand plays Olive Kitteridge in the four-hour HBO miniseries adapted from Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories. Jojo Whilden/HBO hide caption

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Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

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This photo, taken at Katherine Tucker Windham's Selma house, shows reporter Nikki Davis Maute — and in the background, some say, the spirit the family calls Jeffrey. University of Alabama Press hide caption

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Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

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Richard Jenkins plays Henry, Olive's husband. JoJo Whilden/Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

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J.K. Rowling reads to children at the 2010 White House Egg Roll. According to a new essay, her own experiences as a young student helped inform the Harry Potter character Dolores Umbridge. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

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The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

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A new digital platform called Simpsons World features all 25 years of episodes. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices. FOX hide caption

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In An Online, On-Demand Age, TV Reruns Are Redefined

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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

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Which parking sign is easier to understand? Nikki Sylianteng is trying to build a better parking sign at her website, To Park Or Not To Park. One of her redesign efforts can be seen at right. Courtesy Nikki Sylianteng hide caption

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

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Terrifying terrorramas so scary you'll need a nurse on standby! Bob Mondello says the 1993 film Matinee brought back memories of his days writing Halloween horror ad copy for a movie theater chain. Courtesy of Universal/The Kobal CollectionTION hide caption

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Remembering All-Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

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When Nightcrawler begins, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is stealing scrap metal and struggling to get by. He lands a job as a stringer — a freelance cameraman for a local news station. Chuck Zlotnick/Open Road Films hide caption

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'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal: We're All Complicit In 'If It Bleeds, It Leads'

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Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura in the new Amazon series Transparent. Jill Soloway says she cast Tambor in the role because everyone knows Tambor as a "dad figure." Courtesy of Amazon hide caption

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Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

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