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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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The Other Rock History

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:34pm

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:03am

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:23am

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:17am

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR's Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, it's American audiences who miss out.

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Not My Job: Gov. Deval Patrick Gets Quizzed On Burning Man

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:33pm

The governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts will answer three questions about the annual art festival taking place in the desert of northern Nevada.

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