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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:05pm

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

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Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:19am

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.

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'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:03am

YA author Lauren Oliver's debut adult novel features an old mansion occupied by dysfunctional characters, both living and dead. Oliver fits these seemingly disparate lives together like a puzzle ring.

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'Equalizer' Devotes Time To Character Development, Graphic Violence

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:12am

When Denzel Washington and director Anton Fuqua collaborated on 2001's Training Day, the film won Washington an Oscar and changed the trajectory of his career. They're together again in The Equalizer.

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Movie Theaters Hope To Add Another Dimension To Their Profits

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:38pm

Domestic movie ticket sales seem to have topped out. Now, cinema owners are trying to lure customers — and justify higher ticket prices — with innovations like panoramic screens and so-called 4-D.

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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:06pm

Richard Blanco, who read "One Today" at Obama's inauguration in 2013, explores the collision of sexual, artistic and cultural identity in his new memoir about his childhood in Miami.

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'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.

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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.

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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 4:16pm

Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.

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Not My Job: 'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Gets Quizzed On Dieting, Blasphemy, Hate

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:40am

We ask Elizabeth Gilbert about the opposites of eating, praying and loving. Her latest novel is called The Signature of All Things.

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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 9:44am

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.

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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 8:04am

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.

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'Art & Craft' Explores How One Forger Duped More Than 45 Museums

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 6:58am

For nearly 30 years, Mark Landis tricked dozens of museums into accepting his "philanthropic" donations. Landis, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen, says "copying is reassuring."

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Culinary Diplomacy Takes Texan Chef To The Land Of Grilled Yak

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 6:03am

Is food the oldest instrument of diplomacy? The U.S. State Department just sent award-winning chef Tim Byres to Kyrgyzstan, where he ate a sheep's eye and wowed his hosts with Texan spices.

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'Love Is The Drug' For A Teen Caught In A Dystopian D.C.

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 6:03am

Alaya Dawn Johnson's latest is about senior at a Washington, D.C. prep school in the midst of a global pandemic. This book offers a chilling glimpse of a dystopia that could be just around the corner.

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'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:35pm

In 2011, 28-year-old Derek Boogaard — one of the NHL's most fearsome fighters — was found dead of an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. He also showed signs of serious brain injury.

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What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:32pm

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.

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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:29pm

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.

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In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Becomes A Woman

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:29pm

The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, has Jeffrey Tambor playing a father who comes out as transgender to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.

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As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:11pm

This week, the CDC predicted there could be tens of thousands of Ebola cases if the disease is not controlled soon. Author Alaya Dawn Johnson turns to a favorite novel for wisdom amid this epidemic.

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