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Game of Thrones

Aug 5, 2014 — Also: The queen of England's former press secretary is reportedly writing a book about the royal family; Sheila Heti interviews Joan Didion.
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Mar 12, 2014 — Also: The Twitter Fiction Festival launches; Mindy Kaling is writing a second book; the creators of HBO's Game of Thrones series say they know how George R.R. Martin's series will end.
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Oct 22, 2013 — Also: the winners of the Whiting Awards were announced; Cheryl Strayed's memoir inspires other women to take to the Wild; and Dwight Garner on what makes a critic.
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Apr 29, 2013 — It looks like tea is joining the ranks of fan fiction and fan art as an option for expressing your love for the likes of everything from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. One company is selling crowdsourced fandom blends inspired by customers' favorite TV shows, books, movies and comics.
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Jul 3, 2012 — Much has already been written about the historical parallels between HBO's Game of Thrones and the politics and people of medieval Europe. Turns out, there are also parallels with food history — particularly pie history.
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Jun 14, 2012 — HBO says it is "deeply dismayed" and will have the image removed from future DVDs of the show. Producers say they meant no disrespect — that they were trying to save money by reusing prosthetic body parts.
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