Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 8:44 am
Sheila Heti is the author of How Should a Person Be?
My father gave me The Dice Man when I was 13 years old. It's a novel narrated in the voice of Luke Rhinehart, a jaded psychoanalyst, whose home and professional life have become so boring that he decides, one night, to rule his life by the whim of a die. Starting out, he thinks: if the die turns up a one, I'll cheat on my wife. The die turns up a one.
Workers scramble on a scaffold at a construction site in Hefei, central China's Anhui province, last month. China has approved a massive infrastructure package worth more than $158 billion, state media said in September, as the government seeks to boost the flagging economy.
Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 7:26 am
If the last presidential debate was any indication, you'll be hearing a lot about China in tonight's third and final face-off between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Last week's debate was ostensibly about domestic issues, but that didn't stop China from being mentioned numerous times. Tonight's debate, focused on foreign policy, is sure to see relations with Beijing get a lot of airplay.
Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:11 pm
If George McGovern often seemed miscast as a presidential candidate, he was at least as improbable as an icon of the anti-war movement.
The Vietnam War gave birth to an opposition movement unlike any America had seen in its previous wars. It was young, unconventional and countercultural, defiant of authority and deeply suspicious of government.
<em>Machinarium</em> from Amanita Design is an adventure game centered a robot who has been sent to the scrap heap. Players solve puzzles to help the robot return to the city.
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<em>NintendoLand</em> is a theme park game with different activities designed for Nintendo's new hand-held game console Wii U. It was presented at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June.
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In <em>The Unfinished Swan, </em>players navigate an entirely white landscape by shooting their surroundings with a paint gun.
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Connor, who is British and Native American, is the new protagonist in <em>Assassin's Creed III.</em>
Video game makers are rolling out their new titles — with a wide range of creativity and style — just in time for the holiday shopping season. Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen magazine, shares his list of video games you should keep your eye on:
Broadway veteran Sutton Foster stars in the ABC Family show <em>Bunheads</em>, which, while focusing on adults, is still popular with ABC Family's demographic.
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The popularity of ABC Family shows like <em>Pretty Little Liars</em> has encouraged mainstream stars like Adam Lambert to get in on the action.
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After initial worries that family-centered stories might seem uncool to young viewers, ABC Family embraced the idea and now focuses much of its original programming on family dynamics, such as those in <em>Switched at Birth</em>.
In a sterile white boardroom in ABC Family's headquarters in Los Angeles, two young women are assiduously ignoring a spread of cookies in favor of two more important things: their laptops and a live broadcast of the show Pretty Little Liars playing on a large flat-screen TV.
Dalia Ganz, 28, is the show's social-media manager. She's patiently teaching one of the beautiful young actors on the show how to live-tweet this episode.
"Include #prettylittleliars in your answers," she instructs. That is a literal transcription of her words.