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Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:07pm

The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.

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After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:26am

Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.

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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:03am

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

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MK Asante's Poem 'In Summer' Honors Paul Laurence Dunbar

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:58am

MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, "In Summer." The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.

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Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:16am

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:01pm

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

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Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

Auctioneering runs in Blaine Lotz's blood; he says he was "pretty near born in a livestock market." Now, he's won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship — the Super Bowl of auctioneering.

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Native American Artists Reclaim Images That Represent Them

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:47am

While debates over the use of Native American imagery and heritage roil on, Native creators and entrepreneurs are asserting control over their own visual narratives.

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The Same Until You Shuffle

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:03am

Every answer this week is a made-up two-word phrase, in which both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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The Other Rock History

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:34pm

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:03am

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:23am

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:17am

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR's Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, it's American audiences who miss out.

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