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Academy Chooses Bob Dylan As Unlikely Choice For Nobel Literature Prize

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:34pm

Bob Dylan is the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature. He's been on the list for years, but no one really expected him to get it. But, as it often does, the Swedish Academy surprised just about everyone with its choice.

Lucy Loves Lucy In 'Take My Wife'

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:34pm

When Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher went to pitch their new show they compared it to I Love Lucy. It's a goofy, sweet show — only this time, with lesbian comedians who are married to each other.

A Cinematic Classic Of Resistance Returns To The Big Screen

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 1:00pm

Bilal Qureshi writes that The Battle Of Algiers, currently in movie theaters for a 50th anniversary rerelease, influenced many films that followed it and has striking relevance to the present.

Vegan Chefs Show How To Make Even A Carrot The Centerpiece Of A Meal

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:21pm

V Street, the new cookbook by married chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, features recipes inspired by global street food. Jacoby says the right techniques can coax "amazing flavor" out of vegetables.

Bob Dylan, Titan Of American Music, Wins 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 6:08am

The prolific musician is the first American to win the prize for lifetime literary achievement in 23 years. While Dylan long enjoyed favor as an outside shot for the award, few expected him to win.

Ordinary Black Lives Are What Matter In 'The Mothers'

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 6:00am

Brit Bennett's new novel focuses on two best friends, both motherless, growing up in a black community in Southern California — and their shifting, lifelong negotiation with the idea of motherhood.

The Humor In 'Crosstalk' Gets Lost In The Hubbub

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 6:00am

Connie Willis' near-future tale of oversharing gone wrong follows a woman whose fiance wants to get an empathy-inducing brain operation for couples. The book aims for frothy farce, but falls flat.

Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:44am

The nearly 80-year-old artist has written a book called A History of Pictures. It's chock-full of art he's loved looking at, including one painter he credits with inventing Hollywood lighting.

Skeletons In The Closet: What Ghost Stories Reveal About America's Past

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:32pm

Why are so many ghosts unmarried women? And why doesn't Richmond, Va., have ghost stories about slavery? Writer Colin Dickey explores all that and more in a new book called Ghostland.

Former Nobel Laureates React To Winning Literature Prize

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:32pm

The 109th Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded Thursday morning. The Academy is known for its cloak-and-dagger methods to prevent leaks about its choice. NPR has a look at past winners and their reactions to winning.

How The 'Cannabis Catch-22' Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:22pm

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains.

In 'Singing Bones,' An Artist Recasts The Grimm Tales — Literally

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 6:00am

Illustrator Shaun Tan puts his skills to a new test in The Singing Bones. He's taking the familiar Grimm fairy tales and condensing each one down to a single, wordless photo of one of his sculptures.

Polish Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 5:22pm

Polish auteur, Andrzej Wajda, has died. He was a great of Polish cinema who earned an Oscar for his life's work, as well as a Palme d'Or, for a film about Solidarity that was made while the Communists were in power.

Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90, Celebrated Resistance To Authoritarianism

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 5:02pm

Well-known films by the director include A Generation, Man of Marble and Man of Iron, which in which characters fight Nazis and communists. His final film will compete for a foreign-language Oscar.

Donn Fendler, 'Lost On A Mountain In Maine' Author, Dies

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 3:29pm

As a child, Donn Fendler was lost on Maine's Mount Katahdin for nine days. He told his story in Lost on a Mountain in Maine, which became required reading for generations. He died this week at age 90.

For Fashion Designer Christian Siriano, No Size Is Out Of Style

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:20pm

You could say Siriano is having a moment: He featured five plus-sized models at a recent fashion show and dressed stars of all sizes for this year's Emmys.

A Coming-Of Age Melodrama Is Steeped In Social Politics In 'The Mothers'

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:50pm

Britt Bennett's debut novel centers on three African-American friends dealing with their community's expectations and their own mistakes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is full of "mini epiphanies."

Jonathan Safran Foer On Marriage, Religion And Universal Balances

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:50pm

Safran Foer's new novel, Here I Am, is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it's about things falling apart — but also about "people trying to mend things."

African-American Museum Cafe Serves Up Black History With Every Forkful

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:31am

The restaurant inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a menu designed to showcase the breadth of black contributions to our nation's cuisine.

A Neglected Library Leads To Love In 'American Philosophy'

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:00am

John Kaag's new memoir-slash-philosophical treatise begins at a low point in his life, and follows his quest for answers to a dusty old library that proves to be a treasure trove of American thought.




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