Work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae began in 1894 and carries on to this day in a Bavarian palace in Munich, Germany. There's still a long way to go for a project with a soft deadline of 2050.
"Love & Friendship," a new comedy of manners set in 18th century England, opens this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with actress Kate Beckinsale, who plays Lady Susan Vernon.
In the latest conversation marking the centenary of the Pulitzers, NPR's Scott Simon asks Gregory Pardlo what it means for a poet to win the prize and how it affects his poetry.
To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.
Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinatory new novel follows two women on the run — one suffering from a monstrous affliction. Though disturbing in places, it has the feel of an ancient fireside tale.
The Lobster is a comedy in which single people are given 45 days to fall in love before being turned into an animal of their choice.
Is it one monkey, hearing, seeing and speaking no evil? Or is it three separate monkeys, each displaying but a single virtue? Twitter icon @jonnysun asked his followers and caused a minor uproar.
Harper, who died Saturday, was known for his jazz-influenced poems. His first volume of poetry, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1978. Originally broadcast in 2000.
An impoverished widow has designs on a married lord — and a plans for her own teenage daughter — in Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Austen novella, Lady Susan. Critic David Edelstein has a review.
Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.
We're going all-Cap for this episode, in which a panel discussion about Captain America: Civil War is followed by an excerpt from Linda Holmes' talk with the film's directors.
On Sunday, this Italian city — birthplace of the Margherita pizza — will try to swipe Milan's record for the world's longest pie.
Foster is behind the camera on her latest film, Money Monster. She's found that directing allows her to execute a complete vision: "It's a full expression of who I am and what I think," she says.
Based on J.G. Ballard's novel, the film stars Tom Hiddleston as a man who finds himself in an apartment building that invites class warfare between the upper and lower floors.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in a tale directed by Jodie Foster in which a cable TV host finds himself held hostage.
The most intelligent and engaging film about Jesus since The Last Temptation Of Christ, Rodrigo Garcia's film finds Jesus in the desert, where he faces doubts from within.
Terence Davies' Sunset Song is the tacitly feminist tale of a woman, played by Agyness Deyn, who is at least partially freed by owning land and acting on her own anger.
The actor, who plays a political consultant on Veep, tells Fresh Air he landed his first major TV role only after a number of other actors turned it down. "It was very, very fluke-ish," Cole says.
At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.
Lavie Tidhar's new novel follows a motley crew of spacemen, castaways data-vampires and magical children in a beautifully realized far-future Tel Aviv. It's short, lush, and close to a masterpiece.