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Now Is Not The Time For Realistic Fiction, Says Margaret Atwood

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:25pm

The celebrated Canadian author has a new book out, The Heart Goes Last, that began as an experimental digital serial. It's a wacky dystopian satire on economic decline and the private prison industry.

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Journalist Discusses The Rise Of ISIS And Its Future In Syria And Iraq

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:34pm

Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags, traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.

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'Zeroes' Is A Superhero Story — About Teenage Losers

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 9:03am

In this new collaborative YA novel, three authors — Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti — each take charge of two characters, teenagers with offbeat and troublesome superpowers.

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In Sophomore Year, Kirkus Prize Features An Eclectic Mix Of Finalists

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 7:33am

The literary award, launched last year by Kirkus Reviews, lists Ta-Nehisi Coates, Helen Macdonald and Hanya Yanigihara among 18 finalists across three categories. The prize carries a purse of $50,000.

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'Gold Fame Citrus' Holds Fear In A Handful Of Dust

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 6:03am

Claire Vaye Watkins' first novel is a frighteningly believable near-future dystopia; drought has ruined the West, and two holdouts among the wreckage find their lives changed by a strange child.

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Michelle Dorrance: 'I Just Knew I Would Never Stop Tap Dancing'

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:56pm

Dorrance was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship on Tuesday. For her, tap dance is the ultimate art form; "To be able to be a dancer and a musician at the same time — there's nothing like it," she says.

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Both In Headlines And Quiet, 2 Agencies Fuel American Arts For Decades

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:00pm

The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, two federal grant-making agencies aimed at investing in American culture, turn 50 on Tuesday. There will be a yearlong celebration commemorating the agencies' history — and future.

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How A Pair Of Pretty Boys Got Their Groove Back

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:00pm

Two new comedies debut on Fox on Tuesday night: Grandfathered and The Grinder, both of which feature TV pretty boys Jon Stamos and Rob Lowe amping up their images. NPR's TV critic, Eric Deggans, offers a review.

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With Her Camera, MacArthur 'Genius' Tells An African-American Rust Belt Story

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:00pm

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier is the third generation of her family to grow up in Braddock, Pa. For years, she says, African-American contributions to the town have been "overlooked and ignored."

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New Host Trevor Noah Puts His Own Spin On 'The Daily Show'

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 1:43pm

Last night, seven weeks after Jon Stewart stepped down as the host of The Daily Show, the new host debuted. Critic David Bianculli says Trevor Noah "gave viewers plenty of reasons to tune in again."

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House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most Isolated Patients

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 1:35pm

James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is Stories from the Shadows.

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Exclusive First Read: Anthony Marra's 'The Tsar Of Love And Techno'

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Read an exclusive excerpt of Anthony Marra's The Tsar of Love and Techno, a collection of nine interconnected stories about the journey of a mysterious painting through modern Russian history.

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'Last Song' Is A Beautifully Orchestrated Fantasy Debut

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 6:03am

Ilana C. Myers creates a lush, shadowed fantasy world in Last Song Before Night, with a sprawling cast and an epic quest to restore the long-lost magic once summoned by music.

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From Ingenue To Antigone: Juliette Binoche Discusses Acting, Aging And Family

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 1:03pm

The Oscar-winning actress plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. "It's a very powerful play," Binoche says. Sophocles "still is bringing so much truth in our lives."

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Banksy's 'Dismaland' To Be Dismantled And Sent To House Migrants In France

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:46pm

Banksy's "bemusement park" in England has closed. All of the structures from the park will be sent to a refugee camp in Calais, France, to help build shelters, according to the website.

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A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying Patients

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:22pm

Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is The Shift.

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Memories Of A Maybe Angel In 'Don't Suck, Don't Die'

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 6:03am

Musicians Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt were friends and tour buddies for years before his death from an overdose in 2009; Don't Suck is Hersh's haunting memoir of her lost friend and his pain.

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How Twitter And Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl After 'Gourmet' Folded

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 4:26am

Food writer Ruth Reichl has a new cookbook called My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. It describes how she found her voice after Conde Nast shut down Gourmet, where she was the editor.

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No Vanity Project: Baryshnikov Tells Artists, 'You're The Boss'

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 4:23am

You'd think the sign in front of dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov's arts center would have his name in lights — but actually, you can barely see it. He says what happens inside is way more important.

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Out Of 'The Object Lesson,' An Education In The Power Of Kept Things

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 5:02pm

Geoff Sobelle calls his new one-man play "a meditation on our relationship to things." On a visit to the show, NPR's Arun Rath gathers a lesson in the meaning of stuff -- and the memories it can bear.

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