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Hacking Is 'A Bit Of A Super Power,' Says Creator Of 'Mr. Robot'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:12pm

Sam Esmail believes hackers have immense power — the trouble is, superhero psychology isn't always sound. He says his vigilante hacker is driven by narcissism, paranoia, loneliness and pain.

Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

Best known for her kids' and young adult books, Woodson has written her first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is a dreamlike narrative about friendship, memory and dealing with death.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:30pm

In her new film, Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her less-than-great voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Streep says she can relate to that kind of passion.

'Playing Dead' Teaches You How To Disappear

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 6:00am

Elizabeth Greenwood thought about faking her own death to get out of a massive student debt — but decided instead to write a book about all the ways people try (and usually fail) to disappear.

New Lucille Ball Statue Replaces 'Scary Lucy'

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

Lucille Ball's hometown of Celoron, N.Y., honored her with a statue in 2009, 20 years after death. But the statue was terrifying. The story of "Scary Lucy" went viral last year. Last weekend, Celeron unveiled a new, less scary Lucy statue.

3 Steps To Faking Your Own Death From The Author Of 'Playing Dead'

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

Elizabeth Greenwood has spent a lot of time researching the death fraud industry. She says the hardest step for many aspiring fraudsters would be cutting all ties with friends and family.

Jacqueline Woodson's 'Brooklyn' Is Full Of Dreams And Danger

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 12:19pm

The National Book Award winner's new novel is based in part on her memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Woodson describes the teen years as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life.

'Textbook' Tries To Extend Kid-Lit Playfulness To Adult Reading

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:00am

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's latest requires a high tolerance for whimsy; billed as "not exactly a memoir," it's a kind of noisy activity book for adults that's more Mad Libs than Speak, Memory.

You Can Eat It Here And There: Green Eggs And Ham Are Everywhere (On Menus)

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:58am

The Dr. Seuss book that made the dish famous turns 56 this month. But what does this meal taste like in real life? Chefs across the U.S. are tackling the question.

Diversity In Book Publishing Isn't Just About Writers — Marketing Matters Too

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:55am

For writers of color, the lack of diversity in book publicity departments can feel like a death knell.

'Underground Railroad' Traces The Terrible Wounds Of Slavery

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:00am

The Underground Railroad is a literal train running underground in Colson Whitehead's new novel, which follows escaped slave Cora. It's both brilliant fiction and searing historical document.

Vive Le Confort! For Corseted Courtiers, This Dress Was A French Revolution

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:45am

A really old French dress has sold for more than $150,000. The brocade gown is an exquisite example of the loose-fitting dresses that women — fed up with restrictive bodices — embraced in the 1700s.

An Alabama Museum You Can Enjoy From The Driver's Seat

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 8:22pm

Artist Butch Anthony has created a drive-thru museum in Seale, Ala. On display is a collection of odd items, decorated and displayed inside shipping containers that vehicles drive between.

Veteran Authors Look To Reclaim The Story Of War

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:33pm

A new generation of veteran novelists are trying to navigate the pressure to be spokesmen for all veterans while simply trying to write good literature.

'Brazillionaires' Tracks An Economic Collapse Through The Eyes Of The Rich

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Alex Cuadros about his book, Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.

Novel Explores The Fierce And Frenzied World Of Competitive Gymnastics

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 2:01pm

Megan Abbott's new book takes readers deep into the intense, vacuum-sealed universe of young female gymnasts and their parents. Critic Maureen Corrigan says You Will Know Me is worthy of a gold medal.

Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 2:01pm

As a child, Whitehead was surprised to learn that escaped slaves did not ride an actual subway. His new novel follows Cora, a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north.

40 Years On, A Controversial Film On Islam's Origins Is Now A Classic

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 5:04pm

The Message, released in 1976 and starring Anthony Quinn, was made with difficulty and condemned by hardliners. One of the challenges: its main character, the Prophet Muhammad, could not be pictured.

'Imperial Wife' Trains Its Spotlight On Powerful Women, Past And Present

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 8:06am

Irina Reyn's new novel focuses on two women in difficult marriages. Though they're centuries apart, both relationships are tied to the strong woman's struggle to fulfill gender expectations.

Words Of Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Jason Reynolds

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:26am

Jason Reynolds writes "slice-of-life stories" for youngsters. For our "Next Chapter" series, he talks about packing up his belongings in trash bags and moving to New York City to become a writer.




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