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Soul-Sucking Vampires Of David Mitchell's 'Slade House' Started On Twitter

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:01pm

Mitchell compares tweeting the story of his latest novel to escaping a straitjacket. "I like what I had to do to circumvent [Twitter's] restrictions," he says.

'Target In The Night' Scores A Solid Hit

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 6:03am

Ricardo Piglia's new novel is a brainy, postmodern, sometimes funny take on the classic detective novel. Critic Michael Schaub says it has echoes of DeLillo and Pynchon, but is wholly original.

'The Oatmeal' Remembers 'Star Trek' Creator's Heroic Plane Crash Rescue

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 6:35pm

Many people were moved last week by an online comic on a site called "The Oatmeal." It was illustrated and written by Matthew Inman and tells the story of a heroic rescue after a plane crash in 1947.

Dear Mary-Louise Parker, You've Written A Great Book

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:34am

The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.

'Dear Prudence' Finally Gets Advice In Return: A New 'Prudie' Steps In

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 8:33am

Mallory Ortberg of The Toast will fill almost decade-old shoes for Slate's popular advice column, but not without getting advice first. Before she pays it forward, we seek her words on a timely issue.

'Queen Of Swing' Takes Old Age In Stride

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 6:58am

At age 95, Norma Miller is the last living pioneer of Lindy Hop and the dance world's Queen of Swing. And she continues to reinvent herself.

Circle Of Hope: How A Raw Reaction Became A Sign Of Solidarity

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 2:25pm

When Jean Jullien learned of the Paris attacks, the French artist dashed off a pen-and-ink mash-up of the Eiffel Tower with a peace sign. That symbol has since become a worldwide icon of the tragedy.

Not My Job: We Ask Actor June Squibb About Squids

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 8:24am

Squibb was a professional actor for 60 years before landing her first Oscar nomination — at the age of 84 — for her role in the movie Nebraska. Her latest film is Love The Coopers.

'This Old Man' Looks Back On A Full Life

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 7:19am

Roger Angell's latest book is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, centered on "This Old Man," his memorable essay about the pains and pleasures of living into your 90s.

If Twyla Tharp Is Dracula, Dance Is Her Lifeblood

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 7:19am

Since she was in her 20s, the dancer and choreographer has been rewriting the rules for what dance can be. Now she's on her 50th anniversary tour, premiering new works with longtime collaborators.

Arrested Development Meets Adulthood In 'James White'

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:35pm

James White is an indie drama about a slacker dealing with the death of one parent and the decline of another. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's both intimate and intense.

Book Review: 'Wild Hundreds,' Nate Marshall

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:18pm

Tess Taylor reviews Nate Marshall's poetry collection, Wild Hundreds.

This Art Exhibit Makes You 'Wonder' — And That's The Whole Point

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:43pm

Nine major contemporary artists have created massive, other-worldly installations to mark the reopening of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

No Christmas Cheer For 'The Coopers'

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:55am

The Coopers are yet another family who've gift-wrapped their dysfunction and brought it home for Christmas.

A Kitchen Science Savant Shares His Secrets In 'The Food Lab'

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 9:18am

Kenji Lopez-Alt left a restaurant job to test and write about the mysteries of food science. His new book details findings from how best to sear a steak to how to get more golden pancakes.

Indie Filmmaker Brings Story Of Chile's '33' Miners To The Big Screen

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:55am

Before making the film, Patricia Riggen met with the real miners and heard their stories. She says she aimed to "portray the heart of these guys and what they went through emotionally."

A Smarter Romantic Comedy In 'Man Up'

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:16pm

Simon Pegg and Lake Bell star in an inventive rom-com elevated by a script that centers on the true, eccentric workings of relationships.

An Undercooked Portrait Of A Suffering Marriage 'By The Sea'

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:09pm

A film starring Hollywood's starriest couple as two moody artists who drive to the coast to salvage their disintegrating marriage strains under the vapidness of heavy-handed screenwriting.

Hemingway, Mailer, PewDiePie? YouTube Stars Hit The Bestseller Lists

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:10pm

Books by three YouTube stars are on The New York Times bestseller list right now. That's not an anomaly — NPR's Lynn Neary reports it's a trend that more and more publishers are starting to embrace.

'My All-American' Remembers Forgotten Story Of Heroic Texas Football Player

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:24pm

My All-American is out in theaters on Friday. It's a story about Texas football and is written by the same person who did Rudy and Hoosiers. It centers on one of the players, Freddie Steinmark, and an improbable story that reached all the way to the White House.




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