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Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:45pm

His first novel, The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud retells The Stranger from an Arab perspective. John Powers says that Daoud's retelling will forever change the way you read the Camus classic.

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'Me And Earl' Director Taces Path From Scorsese's Assistant To Sundance

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:45pm

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the audience award and the grand jury prize at Sundance. He talks about how losing his dad shaped his approach to the film.

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Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:45pm

The art world is "fertile ground for criminals," says art scholar Noah Charney. In his new book, The Art of Forgery he traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance.

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Man Who Created The Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:32am

Donald Featherstone modeled the lawn ornament after images he saw in National Geographic. "Things I did made people happy, and that's what life is all about," he said in 2006.

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In The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics Are Served With Every Cup

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:57am

The ritual drinking of this ancient beverage — often thought of as the epitome of Japanese restraint and formality — has long been entwined with issues of power and national identity.

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James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Feared Dead

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:53am

A single-engine plane registered to Horner crashed on Monday in an area 60 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif. There were no survivors.

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Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, 'Eightball' Will Knock You Out

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:08am

Daniel Clowes is one of the greatest artists in modern comics, and now his seminal '90s work is out in a deluxe box set — not just Ghost World but his fascinatingly autobiographical gripe sessions.

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Carnivals, Curses And Mermaids Fall Slightly Flat In 'Speculation'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 6:03am

Erika Swyler's generous yet somewhat disappointing debut follows a young man and a mysterious book — but despite rich language and observations, it suffers from going in too many directions at once.

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Immortalized As 'The Woman In Gold,' How A Young Jew Became A Secular Icon

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:48am

Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer was seized by the Nazis. A film now tells the story of Adele's niece, who fought to recover her family's paintings more than a half century later.

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'Infinitely Polar Bear' Director Relives Childhood With Mentally Ill Parent

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Maya Forbes and her daughter Imogene Wolodarsky about their new film, Infinitely Polar Bear. Forbes wrote and directed the fictionalized take on her own childhood.

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Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:03pm

Several months ago, the White House contacted the comedian to see if he'd be interested in having the president as his guest. "I just didn't think that it would ever happen," Maron says.

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Longest Thou To Go On Summer Pilgrimage? Chaucer Hath Advice

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:03am

Our favorite medieval advice columnist returns, dispensing knowledge on everything from avoiding sunburn to glamping to road trip etiquette. And "slushy icye thinges," the best of all summer treats.

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The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 5:13pm

The new show, which focuses on a vigilante programmer, has gotten some rave reviews from real-life hackers. But the show's creator, Sam Esmail, says he wasn't inspired by any individuals in the news.

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Remembering James Salter, A 'Writer's Writer' Who Died Friday

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:09pm

The acclaimed U.S. author died in New York at age 90. A master of his craft, Salter never received the mainstream success he deserved. His novels include A Sport and a Pastime and All That Is.

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Beyond The 'Sometimes Sentimental' Story Of Filipino Migrants

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:09pm

Mia Alvar's new short story collection spans the globe — from Manila to New York to Manama, Bahrain — to offer a more complicated narrative of Filipino exiles, emigres and wanderers.

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A Mental Block May Help Solve This Puzzle

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:55am

Today's puzzle is called "Monkey Business." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase starting with "M" and "B" — as in "monkey business."

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A Boy And A Brutal Slaughter In 'Caminar'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:55am

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Skila Brown's novel, Caminar. The story is inspired by the Guatemalan civil war.

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Words Made Flesh: Literature And The Language Of Prayer

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:03am

No American writer has been able to pin down the intersection of faith, prayer and art like Flannery O'Connor. Critic Juan Vidal reflects on her Prayer Journal, and the faith that words can live.

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After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:40am

Sarah Hepola's memoir Blackout is filled with stories that are both funny and tragic — about how she'd drink to excess, and then try to piece it all together the following day.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:39am

Sous-vide makes meat moist and flavorful, but can take up to 96 hours, not to mention a $500 machine. Chef Christina Tosi shares a technique she uses to cheat in her home kitchen: the "Bird in a Bag."

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