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Feiffer Draws On 1930s Noir In 'Kill My Mother'

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. At age 85, he's written his first graphic novel, Kill My Mother.

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Elizabeth Moss Revels In Naive-But-Calculating Characters

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

The One I Love is a time-shifting-cosmic romantic comedy starring Elizabeth Moss. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Mad Men star about her new film and impressive career.

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The Emmys Grapple With New Formats And A Move To Monday

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

The Emmy Awards will be handed out on Monday night. NPR's Linda Wertheimer gets a preview of the shows and stars to watch.

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To Pitbull Fans Around The World, 'Dale' Is A Way Of Life

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 5:08pm

A word of encouragement or demand in Spanish meaning "go ahead" or "give it,"dale is the Cuban-American rapper's semi-official slogan, his perpetual hashtag, his "YOLO," if you will.

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Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:12pm

This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

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'Love Is Strange' — And Funny, Hard And Heart-Breaking

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:12pm

Love is Strange stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a couple whose marriage, after 39 years together, is the start of a very complicated story.

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Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of 'Bob's Burgers'

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 7:51am

The Fox animated show Bob's Burgers, which won the Emmy last weekend for Outstanding Animated Program, brings nuance and style to its female characters - particularly young Tina, who almost never was.

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Lowly Worm Is Back! Richard Scarry Jr. Brings Dad's Manuscript To Life

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:25am

The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad's Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, "so that's what I did."

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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 5:17pm

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:06pm

Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

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Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:31pm

The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From The Bell House

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:10am

At our very first New York live show, we talk about the things we loved this summer and the things we're looking forward to in the fall. And, of course, we get to what's making us happy this week.

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Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:25am

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

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A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:18am

Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor.

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Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:03am

Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:31am

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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When The Wedding Is Just The Beginning

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:03pm

The romantic drama Love Is Strange finds John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing newly married men whose lives are upended and whose spaces are disrupted.

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'The One I Love': A Marriage That's Not Quite What It Appears

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:03pm

The One I Love begins as an affecting story about marriage, but as it bogs down in too much explanation of its fantasy elements, it squanders good performances from Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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