No one escapes unscathed in Joy Williams' brilliant, brutal new story collection. Critic Michael Schaub calls Williams our poet laureate of loss, whose work is full of hope and perverse joy.
Young Liliane reads Bonjour Tristesse with her father in Italy, Peyton Place with her mother in Maine — and author Lily Tuck builds the disparate pieces of her life into a compelling portrait.
Known for its vast selection and knowledgeable sales staff, the Tattered Cover is a Denver institution. Now, after 40 years, the store's long-time owner is passing the reins to a new generation.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Ilan Stavans about his book, Quixote: The Novel and the World. Stavans was inspired by the Miguel de Cervantes' classic, Don Quixote, which turns 400 this year.
Sam Smith has recorded the theme song, called "Writing's on the Wall," for the upcoming James Bond movie. He joins artists such as Adele, Madonna and Tina Turner.
There isn't much public space to be creative. Artists Arwa al-Naimi and Ahmed Mater are trying to change that. They host a salon where creative people gather and exchange ideas.
In Saudi Arabia, there isn't much public space to be creative. Artists Arwa al-Naimi and Ahmed Mater are trying to change that. They host a salon where creative people gather and exchange ideas.
In Intangiball, baseball writer Lonnie Wheeler argues that players who work hard, set good examples and mentor other players can make teams better in ways that are easy to see — but hard to measure.
In her memoir, Negroland, Margo Jefferson describes growing up black and affluent in 1950s Chicago. Jefferson tells Fresh Air it was a world of sophistication — and snobbery.
Jesse Eisenberg specializes in playing (and writing about) jittery, anti-social nerds. But critic Heller McAlpin says the wonder is the empathy he brings to the sad sacks in his new story collection.
For decades, two rival West Bank shops have been selling a type of ice cream that stretches like melted mozzarella on a pizza. The secret to the frozen treat is part science, part presentation.
A Ramallah ice cream shop was the only place in the West Bank for stretchy ice cream that dates back to Ottoman times. But it has competition now — a rival store was opened by a former employee.
NPR offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store at theaters between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Wiley about his latest exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, "A New Republic." This story originally aired on May 22, 2015, on All Things Considered.
Actor Martin Milner, whose work as Officer Pete Malloy introduced generations of Americans to a tough and honorable policeman on Adam-12, died on Sunday.
The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself. Originally broadcast April 28, 2015.
Fortyish, tight-laced Gloria Harkness says she's no Miss Marple, but she can't help picking at the threads of a murder mystery. Especially when it involves the care home where her disabled son lives.
With his handlebar mustache and deep voice, he's mastered the look. And after years playing sharp-shooters in the West — and then a stranger at the bowling alley bar — he's finally happy about it.
The star of The Wire and Treme remembers fleeing the storm — and returning to devastation. As his community coped with "post-traumatic stress," he says, Treme "became a group therapy in New Orleans."
On this week's "Wingin' It," music historian Ashley Kahn shares his favorite road trip song, "Loan Me a Dime," by Boz Scaggs, featuring Duane Allman.