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Abigail DeWitt: How Trump Killed My Taste for Profanity

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The top critical Amazon review of my last novel, Dogs, laments that “there was unnecessary use of the ‘F’ word.” The novel is from the point of view of a pot-smoking, shoplifting teenager in the 1970s. What did the reader expect? I laughed and figured I was in good stylistic company: I’d once heard Junot Diaz criticized on NPR for his “language,” and the radio host wasn’t talking about the rhythm of his sentences. In fairness to my Amazon critic, it isn’t only when I’m inside the mind of a fictional character that I’m drawn to profanity. I’ve loved swearing since I was a little girl. My father, who taught me to love good writing, swore like the Navy veteran…

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s New Memoir is Comfort Food for the Literary Soul

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Not many people have lead a life like that of Nobu Matsuhisa. Born in Saitama, Japan, he and his brother were raised solely by their mother, their father dying in a traffic accident when Matsuhisa was just seven years old. After graduating high school, he worked at a restaurant for seven years, in Tokyo, before moving to Peru at the age of 24, at the urging of a regular customer-turned-sponsor, to open a Japanese restaurant. What followed has created history: unable to find the Japanese ingredients he has used for so long, Nobu was forced to improvise, using local Peruvian ingredients to create Japanese dishes, which would ultimately become Nobu’s signature flare. With more than a dozen restaurants open under his…

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Pocket guide to ten must-see movies at the Tribeca Film Festival

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Founded in 2002 to revitalize the section of lower Manhattan struggling in the wake of 9/11, the Tribeca Film Festival—the brainchild of Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff—is now one of the country’s preeminent cinema showcases along with Sundance and Telluride. It’s probably physically impossible to see every film screening at the festival—in 2014, nearly 200 films will be shown—so BookTrib has created a pocket guide to the festival. So grab your program, your plane ticket to the Big Apple (if you’re not there already), and get ready to hunker down for some fascinating flicks. What to watch if you love Catcher in the Rye: GABRIEL   In Lou Howe’s feature-length debut, Rory Culkin—yes, Macaulay’s younger brother—plays the…

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