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'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:00am

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.

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'Top Chef' Is Delivering A Satisfying Season Right On Time

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:57am

If you need a lift and a bit of diversion, it's not too late to enjoy the last two episodes of an awfully satisfying season of Top Chef.

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This Trip Through 'The Alps' Is A Little Bit Bumpy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?

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Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.

Mall Of America Searches For Writer-In-Residence

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:27pm

The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minn., is the largest mall in the United States, and it is now looking for a writer-in-residence.

'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:44am

Set amid the political swirl of late '60s Chicago, Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won't want to put it down.

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At 40, Paris' Pompidou Center Is Still 'An Unexpected Trip'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:37am

The modern art museum, which opened on Jan. 31, 1977, holds a secure place in the heart of Paris — and in Parisians' hearts. But it wasn't always so. Horrified critics compared it to an oil refinery.

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Seijun Suzuki, Director Of Delirious Thrillers, Dies At Age 93

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:28am

These days, Suzuki's Branded to Kill is widely seen as a masterpiece; when he made the absurdist thriller in 1967, he was fired.

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Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:00am

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?

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Adolescence Isn't The Only Horror In 'The Mercy Of The Tide'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 6:00am

Zinemaker and designer Keith Rosson's debut novel is set in a small Oregon town in the 1980s, where the rain pours down, jellyfish rot on the beach — and a strange supernatural force is on the move.

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In A Film Industry Focused On Youth, Older Characters Are Tough To Find

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:33pm

A study of the 25 films nominated for Best Picture Oscars over the past three years, found less than 12 percent of the characters were people over the age of 60.

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Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:04pm

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.

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Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 2:08pm

An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:58pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

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Singer And Actor David Cassidy Says He Has Dementia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 8:22am

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," David Cassidy, 66, says of his condition.

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The Circus Is A Glittering Wartime Refuge In 'The Orphan's Tale'

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 6:00am

Pam Jenoff's new novel follows two women who sign on with a German traveling circus — and the Jewish baby they're both determined to protect as the darkness of World War II falls across Europe.

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Behind This Exuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:49am

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

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Behind This Exhuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:49am

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

(Image credit: Lionsgate)

After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 9:53pm

The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.

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'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.

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