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9:05am

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

M.I.A.'s Flip Of The Finger: Big Deal Or Not?

M.I.A.'s now famous finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.
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(Note: If seeing someone "flip the bird" greatly offends you, this might not be the post for you.)

If it's the morning after a Super Bowl then that must mean everybody's talking not just about the game but about the ads and the halftime show as well.

The game? OK, but not the greatest. (If you haven't heard, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17.)

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8:37am

Mon February 6, 2012
Book Reviews

'Stay Awake': Stories On Grief And Everything After

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 8:41 am

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Grieving is a series of a million heartbreaks. Every morning, you wake, temporarily freed of the memory of what you've lost, only to have the memory rush in and crush you all over again. Mourning meddles with sleep and thought; it makes an hour feel like a month, and a year seem like a lifetime. Most people survive it, but not without a sense of lost time — and that they have lost something of themselves along the way.

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8:34am

Mon February 6, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Where Are Your Musical Blind Spots?

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:55 am

Is there good music that somehow isn't getting through to you?
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8:29am

Mon February 6, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Tiny Desk Concert

Mallory Benedict/NPR

Just when you think you know Cuban music, along comes the Creole Choir of Cuba. This group sprang from the ashes of Grupo Vocal Desandann, a small vocal outfit created in the late 1990s to celebrate traces of Haitian culture in eastern Cuba. That history dates back to the late 18th century, when slaves from Haiti were delivered to Cuba to harvest sugarcane after successful slave revolts in Haiti. A long-lost culture was revitalized by the group through music performed largely a cappella and entirely in Haitian Creole.

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7:55am

Mon February 6, 2012

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