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'The Apparitionists' Raises The Specters That Haunted America

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:00am

Peter Manseau skillfully weaves together spirituality, technology and the legacy of the Civil War to tell the story of a "spirit photographer" on trial for claiming he could take pictures of ghosts.

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Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:00am

Jason De León, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Derek Peterson are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, which honors "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals."

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More Women Allege Misconduct By Harvey Weinstein, Including Sexual Assault

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 9:52pm

The New Yorker spoke with 13 women who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the film executive, who was fired on Sunday. Three women said Weinstein had raped them.

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More Women Allege Misconduct By Harvey Weinstein, Including Sexual Assault

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 9:52pm

The New Yorker spoke with 13 women who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the film executive, who was fired on Sunday. Three women said Weinstein had raped them.

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'The Year I Was Peter The Great': A Young American In Soviet Russia

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:49pm

Marvin Kalb's new book is about a very interesting year — 1956 — that he spent on a diplomatic mission to what was then the U.S.S.R. It's part memoir, part context for understanding the Cold War.

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There's Good Stuff In 'Hirschfeld,' Despite Style Stumbles

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 9:00am

Like a hidden NINA, there are great moments in Ellen Stern's hefty new biography of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld — but they're obscured by her off-puttingly glib tone and perpetual present tense.

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'Rules Of Magic' Blends The Charm Of The Familiar With New Enchantments

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 6:00am

Alice Hoffman returns to the world of her best-selling Practical Magic in this new book, a prequel dedicated to the early lives and loves of the first volume's elderly aunts Francis and Jet.

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Marc Maron On Robin Williams, Barack Obama And Learning To Be A Good Listener

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:08am

NPR interviewed Maron in the cramped garage where he tapes most of his podcast, WTF. When he's the interviewer, he says, "I generally don't have a page full of questions, like you have there."

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Podcaster Marc Maron On His New Book: 'Waiting For The Punch'

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:08am

Marc Maron's collected the wisdom of his WTF podcast guests and published the interview excerpts in the form of the book: Waiting For the Punch. David Greene talks to Maron about his new book.

Collection Puts A Playful, Pulpy Twist On Preposterous Stories About Obama

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Fifteen writers riff on various wild conspiracy theories generated about President Obama over the years. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the sly short stories in The Obama Inheritance pack a punch.

'Red Famine' Revisits Stalin's Brutal Campaign To Starve The Peasantry In Ukraine

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum explains how Stalin killed millions in the '30s by orchestrating a famine to suppress the nationalist movement and strengthen Russian influence in Ukraine.

Poet Rupi Kaur: 'Art Should Be Accessible To The Masses'

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:58am

Rupi Kaur came to Canada from India when she was four years old and didn't learn English well for years; she says her raw, minimalist poems are tailored for readers like her, with limited English.

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Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 11:14pm

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

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Agnes Varda And JR: The Cinematic Odd Couple Behind 'Faces Places'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:40pm

Agnes Varda practically invented the French New Wave, and at 89 she's still working, co-directing a new film with artist JR about their travels through the French countryside in his photography van.

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USPS Honors Beloved Children's Book With New 'Snowy Day' Stamps

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:40pm

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a "forever" stamp collection featuring illustrations from the 1962 children's book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

In 'Florida Project,' A First-Time Actress Plays A Single Mom Doing Her Best

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 4:11pm

Bria Vinaite landed the role after director Sean Baker discovered her on Instagram. "It was my first time reading a script," she says, "and it made me cry the first time I read it."

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'Her Body And Other Parties:' Be Your Own Madwoman

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 9:00am

Carmen Maria Machado's new collection takes young female online culture — LiveJournal and Tumblr, ghost stories and urban legends — and reinforce the uncanny power and reach of those stories.

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In 1960s New York, Witchy Women Learn 'The Rules Of Magic'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 6:52am

In Alice Hoffman's prequel to Practical Magic, two sisters uncover their family's supernatural gifts and curses while growing up in the city.

(Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR)

'Taste Of Empire' Shows Us The World In Our Kitchen Cupboards

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 6:00am

Lizzie Collingham's new book takes 20 exemplary British meals, from plain stewed beef to an elaborate Christmas pudding, and uses them to illustrate the way food and empire are inextricably linked.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Conan Sidekick Andy Richter On 'Conan The Destroyer'

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 9:57am

Conan O'Brien's longtime announcer gets to answer questions about the less-successful sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Conan The Barbarian.

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