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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:02pm

Karl Ove Knausgaard — known for his six-volume autobiographical series My Struggle — is now writing meditative, short texts, focused on a variety of topics, interspersed with letters to his daughter.

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:31pm

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

FBI Profiler Says Linguistic Work Was Pivotal In Capture Of Unabomber

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:18am

James R. Fitzpatrick says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped cracked the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. Manhunt: Unabomber, a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story.

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Books Become A Bridge Out Of Grief In 'The Futilitarians'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 6:00am

Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.

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Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both men were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from both men.

'Godzilla' Descends On Mexico City As Filmmakers Shoot Scenes In The Metropolis

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

While America was consumed by the total eclipse of the sun, residents of Mexico City witnessed a spectacle of a different order: Godzilla attacked the metropolis. Scenes from the new film were shot in the Mexican capital.

Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. "I want to elevate the mundane ..." she says. "This is the way I live my life."

(Image credit: Pamela Littky/FX)

Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:37pm

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.

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Haunting 'Marjorie Prime' Is Suffused With Forgiveness And Despair

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 1:37pm

The new film is set in the near future, when people can purchase holographic versions of their dead loved ones. This drama isn't about technology — it's sci-fi as a means of exploring our inner lives.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 6: 'Heroes Do Stupid Things And They Die'

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:01am

In "Beyond the Wall," beardy bros go on a wight-hunt and struggle to get to know one another. Luckily, in this penultimate episode of season 7, they find the perfect ice-breaker.

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Social Satirist Dick Gregory Was The 'First To Have A Crossover Market'

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 4:59pm

Funny man George Wallace remembers how comedian and activist Dick Gregory opened the door for black comics to enter the mainstream. Gregory died Saturday at age 84.

'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 4:59pm

Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.

Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 2:24pm

Lewis, whose comedic duo with Dean Martin launched him to the peak of showbiz, starred and directed in dozens of films. He was perhaps just as famous for his charity work fighting muscular dystrophy.

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Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 2:24pm

Lewis, whose comedic duo with Dean Martin launched him to the peak of showbiz, starred and directed in dozens of films. He was perhaps just as famous for his charity work fighting muscular dystrophy.

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Sunday Puzzle: It's Time To Rhyme

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 6:06am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz of The New York Times play the Sunday Puzzle with Shari Meyer of Sommerville, Mass.

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Sweet, Generous 'Wild Things' Is A Playful Survey Of Kid Lit

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 6:00am

Bruce Handy's new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children's books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web, which he calls "a mastery novel of ideas" about life and death.

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Dick Gregory, Comedian And Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 84

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:58pm

Gregory, known for his sharp satire in the 1960s, was recently hospitalized. He was 84.

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In 'Patti Cake$,' An Aspiring Rap Artist Reaches For The Stars

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:10pm

NPR's Dwane Brown speaks with director Geremy Jasper and lead actress Danielle Macdonald about the film's message of finding yourself.

How Late Night TV Addressed Charlottesville And This Week In Politics

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:10pm

This week gave late night television shows a lot of material to work with — a recap and review of how they did.

'Good Booty': Backing Up How Music And Sex Helped Shape American Culture

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:10pm

In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form.

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