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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:13pm

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

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Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:29pm

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

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Playlist: Poolside Listens

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:54am

Dive into some deep ideas as you relax by the pool this summer.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:23am

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:33am

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.

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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:05pm

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:54pm

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops as lessons on the craft and gateways to publishers. But in classes filled with the white and elite, many writers of color feel typecast as "other."

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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:01pm

In his new memoir Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors, and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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Poet Known As The 'Lioness of Iran' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:48am

Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:10am

Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.

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You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:03am

Critic Heller McAlpin says readers picking up Paulo Coelho's new Adultery in search of deep philosophical insight on marital infidelity and a lack of cliches might be better off with Madame Bovary.

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Did You Hear The One About The Stand-Up Comedian And The Podcast?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:33am

It used to be that a TV appearance was the key to success for comedians. In the past five years stand-up comedy has seen a global revival thanks to the Internet, and in particular, thanks to podcasts.

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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:37am

Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood.

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Haruki Murakami Paints A 'Colorless' Character In A Vividly Imagined World

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:03pm

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, about a young man looking for closure, offers Haruki Murakami's trademark blend of fantasy and reality. Some moments fall flat, but many others are intoxicating.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

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