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Issa Rae Turns Basic Into Revolutionary With 'Insecure'

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 4:04am

Rae's new HBO show is the first premium cable scripted series created by and starring a black woman. She plays an ordinary, sometimes-awkward character, not a high-powered lawyer or music executive.

In 'Under The Shadow,' The Horror Is Housebound

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Iranian-born director Babak Anvari's tale of motherhood and madness one-ups 2014's thematically similar The Babadook by bringing a larger sociopolitical context to the creepy goings-on.

High School Sweethearts Reconnect, And Reopen Old Wounds, In 'Blue Jay'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Sarah Paulson brings old-fashioned movie star charisma to this intimate two-character film that comes alive when the camera captures the emotions that flicker across her face from scene to scene.

Poignant Pangs In The Pyrenees: 2 Boys Come Of Age In 'Being 17'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Director André Téchiné returns to a subject he famously explored in 1994's Wild Reeds: sexual awakening between teenage boys. This time, a stripped-down approach imbues his film with raw emotion.

With 'The Girl On The Train,' A Best-Selling Novel Jumps The Track

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

In adapting Paula Hawkins' hugely popular novel, filmmakers never manage to make its twisty story register as anything more than an exercise in convoluted plot machinations.

Think 'Chinese Food' Means Lo Mein? Home Cooking Brings More To The Table

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:54pm

A new museum exhibition highlights the vast diversity of Chinese regional cuisines. It features not just celebrity chefs but also immigrant home cooks, for whom the kitchen can be a sphere of comfort.

Prince Fans Get First Glimpse Inside Paisley Park

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:34pm

Prince's home, Paisley Park, is opening as a museum just six months since his death. Local government in a Minneapolis has stopped tours until zoning and permit issues are resolved. Meanwhile, a few lucky visitors got tours before the suspension.

Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! I Finally Got To Be A Gilmore Girl At Luke's Diner

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:24pm

Like many fans across America, I queued up for hours for a pop-up replica of the show's iconic diner. We were there for free coffee, but the real draw was a taste of the Gilmore Girls way of life.

These Are The 2016 National Book Award Finalists

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:31am

Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson and Rita Dove are just three of the authors on the shortlists for the National Book Awards. The 20 books still in contention for the prizes were unveiled Thursday.

Cuba Is A Dream That Doesn't Let Go In 'The Mortifications'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 6:00am

Derek Palacio's new novel follows a family who escape Cuba, leaving their political rebel patriarch behind after he refuses to go with them. When he reappears decades later, their lives come apart.

New Biography Celebrates E.B. White, Who Really Was 'Some Writer!'

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:37pm

Melissa Sweet's colorful, kid-friendly biography includes letters, family photos, illustrations, manuscripts and more from the man behind Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.

'The Encounter' Brings The Sound Of The Amazon To Broadway

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:37pm

In 1969, an explorer and photographer named Loren McIntyre was dropped into the Amazon rainforest to try and make contact with a tribe called the Mayoruna. Now his story is headed to Broadway. The show uses binaural audio to play sounds of the rainforest in 3-D.

Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:06pm

"People see you on stage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often."

'The Wangs' Is Sparkling Family Travelogue — With Teeth

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 6:00am

Jade Chang's debut novel follows former cosmetics magnate Charles Wang, whose business empire has collapsed, as he herds his fractious family on a cross-country roadtrip to their new home.

Gloria Naylor, 'The Women Of Brewster Place' Author, Dies At 66

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:30pm

Gloria Naylor's debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won a National Book Award and became a TV mini-series starring Oprah Winfrey. Naylor has died at age 66.

Italian Journalist Sets Out To Unmask True Identity Of Author Elena Ferrante

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:30pm

Over the weekend, an Italian financial journalist outed the identity of author Elena Ferrante, whose pseudonym lent intrigue to her bestselling novels. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dayna Tortorici of n+1 magazine about the outing.

'The Angel Of History' Says 'I Will Not Forget'

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:30pm

Rabih Alameddine has much in common with the hero of his new novel: Both are gay, Arab writers in San Francisco. And both lost friends to the AIDS epidemic, and are angry that it's being forgotten.

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 1:36pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses.

Autumn Flush: The Best Darjeeling Tea You'll (Likely Never) Taste

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:57am

Darjeeling is the "Champagne of teas," sold by distinct harvest season, or flush. But while many of India's top tea experts point to the autumn flush as their favorite, those teas are largely unknown.

Moving, Memorable 'Today Will Be Different' Balances Humor And Tragedy

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 6:00am

Maria Semple's new novel centers on erratic, overworked mother Eleanor, who makes a promise before the book begins: Today will be different. And it is, but not the way she expected or hoped for.




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