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The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.

The Future Of Cuban Sci-Fi Is 'Super Extra Grande'

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 6:00am

In Super Extra Grande, Cuban sci-fi author Yoss imagines a world where faster-than-light travel has brought humanity into contact with a vast array of strange and marvelous intergalactic creatures.

'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 4:09pm

The editor Maxwell Perkins discovered and nurtured authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The new movie Genius has him wrangling thousands of pages from the writer Thomas Wolfe.

Annie Proulx's Bloody New Novel 'Barkskins' Is About More Than Deforestation

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:34pm

Barkskins follows two loggers' stories over three centuries. Proulx says the forest is the hero of her book, but it's also "one facet of larger things, like climate change and the melting of the ice."

Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.

'Genius' Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius "isn't quite ingenious enough."

Can A 75-Year-Old Study Deliver Wisdom For All Of Us?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:00am

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of a 75-year-old study on happiness and satisfaction. He shares what he has learned, as well as his wisdom on how to find fulfillment.

What Can One Generation Teach The Next About Manhood?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:00am

Advocate Tony Porter's wisdom focuses on masculinity and ending violence against women. He explains how he draws on his own upbringing to help the next generation of men redefine manhood.

What Wisdom Can We Gain From Nature?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:00am

South African writer and conservationist Boyd Varty has spent his entire life among wild animals. He describes how he discovers "new old ways" by observing the natural world.

What Wisdom Can Adults Learn From Kids?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:00am

When Adora Svitak was 12, she gave a TED Talk on what grownups can learn from children. Now at age 18, and a sophomore at UC Berkeley, Svitak reflects on the message she shared.

What Can Great Writers Teach Us About Growing Up and Getting Old?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 9:00am

We all stumble across similar ideas as we age, and some of these revelations have passed into the books we love. Journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotes from great writers.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pop Star' And Making Music Funny

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 6:00am

The gang discusses The Lonely Island's new movie, then looks back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

'The Conjuring 2': Bigger, Longer, and Unholy

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:00pm

The second installment of director James Wan's horror series about demonic possession ups the ante — and the running time — but justifies both with legitimate scares.

'Diary of a Chambermaid' Follows A Headstrong Servant Through A Decadent Era

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:00pm

In the latest adaptation of a 1900 French novel, a beautiful servant offers a gimlet-eyed view of high society. Director Benoit Jacquot's film loses energy as it slips into conventional romance.

A Volatile Literary Partnership Is Ill-Served By The Dry, Stagey 'Genius'

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:00pm

Michael Grandage's strangely staid film about novelist Thomas Wolfe and his editor Maxwell Perkins struggles to capture the passions that drove their famously explosive professional relationship.

'De Palma': An Underrated Director Opens Up About His Work, And His Obsessions

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:00pm

In a new documentary Brian De Palma, director of both blockbusters (The Untouchables) and kinkily voyeuristic films (Dressed to Kill) looks back on a career of cinematic carnage with great candor.

'O.J. Simpson: Made In America' Dives Deep Into Life Of Fallen Football Hero

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

Ezra Edelman's seven-and-a-half hour documentary for ESPN, O.J. Simpson: Made in America, is really several documentaries in one. It's the story of Simpson's rise as a football icon and black celebrity, and his downfall as a murder suspect in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. But it's also the story of race in America, and what happens when celebrity culture meets the justice system.

'Escapology' Gets Weird Fast. And Did We Mention The Sharks?

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 9:00am

Ren Warom's tale of AI's, genius hackers, corporate crime and the occasional sea creature uses familiar building blocks to create a wild, loud corkscrewing story that builds to a bloody conclusion.

'O.J.: Made in America' Is About America, Not O.J.

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:27am

The 5-part, 7-and-a-half-hour documentary series O.J.: Made in America presents an expansive, meticulously constructed examination of the O.J. Simpson trial as an enduring, vexing cultural milestone.

Beyond Bison Burgers: Around Yellowstone, The National Mammal Is Local Cuisine

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 6:00am

Bison sliders, bison bratwurst, hot-off-the-grill bison ribeye — around Jackson, Wyo., it's not hard to find this shaggy beast's meat on menus. (Don't worry: It's all farm-raised.)

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