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Sep 6, 2011, 11:35 p.m.

Writers take time to absorb September 11 impact

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Norman Mailer once advised another author to wait 10 years before writing about the attacks of September 11 because "it will take that long for you to make sense of it." The estimate by the prominent New York novelist and journalist, who died in 2007, may have been premature. As the world marks a decade since the attacks, literary circles are still waiting for a definitive work on the topic.

Charleston's Husk restaurant celebrates farm-to-table purity

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Contrary to popular notions, not every southern cook relies on the deep-fat fryer. At Charleston, South Carolina's Husk, named No. 1 new restaurant in the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine this month, executive chef Sean Brock prefers to roast, bake or smoke meat and vegetables in his wood-fired oven and wood-fired smokers.

Curators make hard choices at 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Curators are making hard choices at the museum memorializing the September 11, 2001 attacks at the site of the World Trade Center's toppled twin towers, aiming to convey the horror of the event without trespassing into ghoulishness. "We're not here to traumatize our visitors," said Alice Greenwald, director of New York's 9/11 Memorial Museum that is due to open in its underground home at the Ground Zero site next year on the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

The world still thinks Americans are "coolest": poll

LONDON (Reuters) - They may be witnessing their global superpower influence decline in the face of challenges from other emerging players on the world stage, but Americans have been voted the world's "coolest nationality" in an international poll. Social networking site Badoo.com (http://www.badoo.com) asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to name the coolest nationality and also found that the Spanish were considered the coolest Europeans, Brazilians the coolest Latin Americans and Belgians the globe's least cool nationality.

Uncool Aztec cocktail suddenly hip again in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Move over tequila. Another potent alcoholic drink is warming the bodies of Mexico City's hip young drinkers. Brewed by Aztec ancestors over a thousand years before and having survived the Spanish colonialists and mass European migration the traditional beverage, pulque, once deemed uncool is making a comeback.

Deep divisions in Americans' views on race, faith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are sharply divided on issues from race to religion, often along generational and partisan lines, a survey concluded on Tuesday. The survey of nearly 2,500 Americans by a pair of Washington think tanks found sharp divisions on a host of issues, ranging from immigration policy to attitudes toward followers of other religious faiths.

Affordable art boosts ranks of Singapore collectors

(Reuters) - As the ranks of middle-class art buyers in wealthy Singapore grow, galleries representing artists such as Damien Hirst -- best known for works featuring preserved animal corpses that cost millions -- are aiming lower, taking advantage of an art-buying boom. Around ten pieces by Hirst, all of them prints, will be offered for less than $8,000 along with thousands of other works of art at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore in November.

"Awful" wine sparked career of NYC wine guru Zraly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kevin Zraly was offered a bottle of wine that survived the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, but he didn't even want to see it. "It's quite possible that some bottles survived," said the former wine director of Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the North Tower. "But I didn't want to look. I told him: 'keep it. It's yours.'"

Japan film in Venice captures tsunami aftermath

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Japanese movie "Himizu" is a twisted tale of abuse, violence and lost youth set against the backdrop of the devastation of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Director Sion Sono, renowned for hard-hitting, anarchic film making, wove real-life events into a screenplay he had just completed when the catastrophe struck.

Russia celebrates Napoleon defeat with gunshot and fire

BORODINO, Russia (Reuters) - Three ear-splitting gunshots pierce the country air, a cavalry unit gallops across the forest clearing, and several thousand Russian spectators gasp and shriek with delight. The Battle of Borodino -- 2011 redux -- has begun.

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