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Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:46am

The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.

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#ColorFacts: A Weird Little Lesson, In Rainbow Order

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:03am

Where'd the term "red tape" come from? Why are the Simpsons yellow? And is there a rhyme for orange? We answer these pressing questions — and more — in a new look at your old friend Roy G. Biv.

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'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:03am

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.

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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:31am

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:21pm

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:31pm

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:51am

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

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Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:03am

Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.

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Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

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Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:09pm

In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

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Ed Norton On 'Birdman,' Wes Anderson And Why $40 Makes Him Proud

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:53pm

Making Birdman "was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I've had," Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson's films are deep and getting royalties for the music in Death to Smoochy.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:51am

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:07am

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:10am

Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:03am

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer's legacy.

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From Sizzling Fajitas, To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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