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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:38am

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

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'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:03am

We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel Broken Monsters is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.

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How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:13am

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.

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'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:12am

Metástasis, the Spanish-language remake of the AMC series, ends this week on UniMás. The show is set in Colombia instead of New Mexico, but the story of a teacher-turned-drug dealer stays the same.

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Meet The 2014 Winners Of The MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:07pm

This year's winners include a cartoonist, a documentarian, a leader in the legal fight for gay marriage, a saxophonist, mathematicians and scientists, poets, lawyers and advocates.

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100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:11pm

Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.

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'13 Days' Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:23pm

Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.

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'Mindy' And 'New Girl' Navigate Their Worlds Of Crazy Love

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:39pm

Fox brings two comedies back Tuesday night that are traversing the tricky matter of central romantic plots in different ways.

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Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:39am

Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.

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The Monstrous And The Beautiful Dance In 'White Van'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:03am

Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.

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Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52pm

The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they're finding ways to keep the arts alive.

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'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.

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Sandwich Monday: Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:25pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the new cappuccino-flavored potato chips from Lay's. They sound gross, but are they gross? We'll just go ahead and tell you: yes they are.

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Australian Comic Finds Humor In Humiliation For His Sitcom 'Please Like Me'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:14pm

Josh Thomas, 27, stars in the show geared toward 20-somethings on the new cable channel Pivot. He talks about coming out to his dad via text message and dealing with his mom's suicide attempts.

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Kids, Pants, Booze, Music: Trouble In River City And Always

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:38am

There's nothing new about the feeling that the culture is in constant decline or the ease of exploiting that feeling — just ask the fictional protagonist of a classic American musical.

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Book News: Oscar Pistorius To Write A Memoir, His Agent Says

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:38am

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:08pm

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

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Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center about a new study that looks at the reading habits of millennials.

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From Casting To Cutting The N-Word, The Making Of 'Gone With The Wind'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

As the film turns 75, a new exhibit looks back at the controversy over Scarlett being played by a British actress and how the African-American press influenced the script.

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In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

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