If a good voice is genetic, it's likely Barbra Streisand got hers from her mother. Streisand's mother was too shy to ever perform professionally, but she had a lyric soprano and would sing at bar mitzvahs in their Brooklyn neighborhood when Streisand was a girl.
Mass shootings, bus crashes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks — we've gotten adept at talking about these things. Act of God or act of man, they're all horrific. At least that was the word you kept hearing from politicians and newscasters describing the Boston bombings and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas.
<em>Mad Men </em>creator Matthew Weiner was also a writer and producer on <em>The Sopranos </em>for a time.
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<em>Mad Men'</em>s sixth season, which premiered April 7, revolves around (from left) Henry Francis (Christopher Stanley), Bobby Draper (Mason Vale Cotton), Betty Francis (January Jones), Gene Draper (Evan and Ryder Londo), Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka), Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
The sixth season of AMC's Mad Men, which premiered April 7, jumps forward in time a few months from where the fifth season concluded. The first episode of the season comes to a close on New Year's Day 1968. That date was designed to set the tone for the entire season.
That year, says Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, is, "as far as I can tell, in the top two or three worst years in U.S. history."
David Sedaris' stories have appeared on <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/search?keys=david%20sedaris">This American Life</a> and in <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/search?qt=dismax&sort=score+desc&query=david+sedaris&submit=">The New Yorker</a>, and have now filled seven essay collections<em> --</em> most recently, <em>Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls</em>.
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David Sedaris's new book <em></em>is called <em>Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.</em>
David Sedaris writes personal stories, funny tales about his life growing up in a Greek family outside of Raleigh, N.C., about working as an elf in Santa's workshop at Christmastime, and about living abroad with his longtime partner, Hugh.