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Sorry, Europe. 'Quebert Affair' Plot Thrills, But Prose Lacks Substance

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:05pm

The chilling murder mystery The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair may be a bestseller abroad, but critic Heller McAlpin tells those looking for literary depth not to get their hopes up.

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'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 3:59pm

In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity.

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The Underground Rock Stars Of VidCon

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

Producers, deal makers, and thousands of screaming fans turned out this week for VidCon, the largest conference for online video producers, which wraps up today.

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New York Streets Become A Recording Studio In 'Begin Again'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

A scorned lover and a hapless music producer record an album on the streets of New York in Begin Again, starring Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. Director John Carney speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Classical Dub-Step Violin Finds Its Audience

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

America's Got Talent judges told the dancing hip-hop violinist Lindsey Stirling that her career had no hope, but she proved them wrong. She tells NPR's Scott Simon about her new album, Shatter Me.

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Life Is Tough, Says Joan Rivers, So 'You Better Laugh At Everything'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

The comic has made a career out of saying exactly what she thinks. She tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I'm the one who says, 'The emperor has no clothes.'" Her new book is Diary of a Mad Diva.

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Women Are Destroying Science Fiction! (That's OK; They Created It)

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:03am

This month, sci-fi and fantasy magazine Lightspeed features all female authors, as part of an ongoing conversation about what science fiction is, and whether women can write it. (Short answer: Yes!)

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A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:14am

Handmade rebozos and huipiles are staples of traditional Mexican attire. Designer Carla Fernández re-imagines those garments for runways in Tokyo and Amsterdam.

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Princip Pulled 'The Trigger,' But Never Meant To Start A War

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:09am

Journalist Tim Butcher's new book traces the footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, the young Serbian revolutionary who famously sparked World War I by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

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SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:12pm

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

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Not My Job: Scarlett Johansson Gets Quizzed On Captain Scarlet

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:08pm

Johansson may be the most famous Scarlet(t) nowadays, but back in the '60s, she would have had serious competition from "indestructible" Captain Scarlet, the star of a British science fiction TV show.

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Book Review: 'Warburg In Rome'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Warburg in Rome, a new book from James Carroll.

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Memphis Preteen Works To Put The 'Bazam' Back In The Bow Tie

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

12-year-old Moziah Bridges is a bow tie aficionado and the CEO of his own company, Mo's Bows. He tells Audie Cornish that dressing well is a big part of growing up to be a man.

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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:17am

The romantic comedy parody They Came Together has an impeccable pedigree full of really funny people. But its attempts to mock generically likable films feel strangely generic themselves.

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The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:03am

The comedy superstar has been headlining a series of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. His routine was a reminder of a singular perspective on race that vanished when he went on hiatus.

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

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Is Everything A Remix?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.

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