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'Zombie Wars' Documents An Apocalypse Of Bad Decisions

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:03am

Alexander Hemon's darkly hilarious new novel follows a sad-sack Chicago teacher whose screenwriting dreams lead to catastrophe. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "crazy in the best sense of the word."

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A Rust Belt Story Retold, Through Portraits Of The Women Who Lived It

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:03am

LaToya Ruby Frazier's photography tells the story of the black community living in the shadow of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill through portraits of her grandmother, her mother and herself.

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Remembering A Troubled Brother In 'Lord Fear'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:03am

Lucas Mann's new memoir pieces together family memories to create a portrait of his heroin-addicted older brother, who died of an overdose. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it difficult but necessary.

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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:22am

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

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For Artist Elaine De Kooning, Painting Was A Verb, Not A Noun

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:21am

One of de Kooning's friends once asked her what it was like to work in the shadow of her husband, Willem de Kooning. She replied: "I don't paint in his shadow, I paint in his light.'"

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Whitney Museum's New Building Opens Doors (And Walls) To Outside World

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:46pm

For decades, the museum was housed in a concrete fortress with few windows. Its new home offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline, but critics say the design draws attention away from the art.

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Picasso Painting Breaks Record For Most Expensive Artwork Sold At Auction

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

One of Pablo Picasso's later paintings, "Les Femmes D'Alger" ("Women of Algiers"), was sold for a whopping $179.4 million, including the Christie's Auction House fee, at auction on Monday night.

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Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned Thomas The Tank Engine, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.

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'Unsettling' Lucille Ball Sculpture Will Move To New Home In N.Y.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:37pm

The plan gives new life to a statue that gained dubious fame last month, when criticism of the bronze work reached a fever pitch. It's now seen as a part of comedy history.

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