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The Luxury Of Solitude

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:52am

Road trips are a good time to remember that cultural mistrust of solitude can mask its profound benefits.

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Book News: To Make This E-Book Sweeter, Just Add Product Placement

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:42am

Makers of Sweet'N Low invested big bucks to appear in Find Me I'm Yours. But that's not the only noteworthy novel out this week: Denis Johnson, Ha Jin, Will Self and Richard Ford all have new books.

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'After' Fifty Shades, Could This Be The Next Big Online Hit?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:26am

After is an epic, erotic fan fiction loosely based on the British boy band One Direction. It's being republished by Simon & Schuster, which is hoping the story's online fans will buy it in book form.

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Amid Hunger And Cold, An Unforgettable Symphony Premiere

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:38pm

A year into the siege of Leningrad, a haggard group of musicians defiantly — and improbably — performed Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, which was dedicated to the suffering city.

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Betty White, The Golden Girl From The Golden Days Of Television

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:08pm

The Hot in Cleveland actress got her start over 60 years ago on a live TV show called Hollywood on Television. Now she's 92 years old, but she says that's no reason to quit show business.

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Why Corporate Executives Talk About 'Opening Their Kimonos'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:41pm

The phrase has become a term of art in business jargon, used anytime a company discloses insider information. How did this item of clothing achieve such currency in such an unexpected context?

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'Our Secret Life': Watching The Quirky Criterion Classics

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

J.M. Tyree and Michael McGriff spent a year watching the entire Criterion Collection of classic films. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to them about their new book, Our Secret Life in the Movies.

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'We Need To Talk': Sports News By Women, But Men Can Watch, Too

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

This fall, CBS launched the first sports talk show with all female commentators. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to panelist Amy Trask about the show, and the evolving role of women in sports journalism.

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Faber's 'Strange New Things' Is A Tribute To His Wife

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

Michel Faber talks about how he came to write his new novel, The Book of Strange New Things. It's the story of a husband and wife, separated by a huge distance. They're on different planets.

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Rebuilding A Broken Family 'In Plain Sight'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:03am

Somali author Nuruddin Farah's new novel follows a glamorous photographer who takes in her brother's children after he dies in a terrorist bombing. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it complex yet uplifting.

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Like It Or Not, Architect Le Corbusier's Urban Designs Are Everywhere

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:23am

"He's blamed for urban renewal ... urban freeways, even countless suburban office parks," says Anthony Flint, author of the new Le Corbusier biography Modern Man.

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An Ambivalent Double Agent, Torn Between Two Countries

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 6:04pm

Ha Jin's new spy novel resembles the story of the real-life Chinese agent Larry Chin — and echoes the expat author's own experiences. But, he notes, a writer's life is less political than a spy's.

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Millennials Navigate The Ups And Downs Of Cohabitation

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:00pm

Millennials are more likely to live with the person they're dating than previous generations were — it's practically a rite of passage. So what does that means for their relationships?

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'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:41pm

John Cleese of Monty Python fame has written a memoir, So, Anyway ... , which brings him from boyhood in a quiet British town called Weston to the footlights of London and screens all over the world.

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40 Is The New Cute: Hello Kitty Celebrates Birthday

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:13pm

The milestone inspired a Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles this week. But the largest fete was in Tokyo, where parent company Sanrio put on a parade and other events.

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Not My Job: Actor Daniel Radcliffe Gets Quizzed On Chia Pets

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:24am

We ask the man who spent a decade playing Harry Potter three questions about hairy pottery.

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William Gibson Skypes The Future In 'The Peripheral'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:03am

The master of cyberpunk returns to form with a new novel set in his old stomping grounds — the near future. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it sings with controlled, dark energy and effortless grace.

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Reviving A Grand Tradition Of 'Black Prophetic Fire'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:04am

Cornel West's new book laments the decline of what he calls "prophetic fire" among black leaders, and lifts up six examples of people who were willing to risk their lives in the service of the truth.

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'Ciao, Carpaccio!' Painter's Reputation No Longer Sliced Thin

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:04am

Jan Morris's new book is an ode to Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio. Yes, the thinly sliced meat is named after him. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Morris about her life, work and favorite painter.

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Election Night Eating: A Tasting Menu For What's At Stake

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 5:03am

NPR's politics team is hosting an election night party Tuesday. But you can't have a party without good grub. So we've put together a menu inspired by the politics in play.

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