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'Latest Readings' Offers Buoyant Musings On A Lifetime Of Literature

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:03am

Literary critic Clive James revisits the work of great writers such as Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Shakespeare and others, subjecting each to the "finicky test of delight."

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Why Thick Flour Tortillas Never Made It Big And Thin Tortillas Did

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:38am

Flour tortillas thick as pancakes and dotted with brown blisters are a beloved Southwestern staple. So why haven't they broken out of the region and become available at supermarkets nationwide?

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Authors' Garden Clippings Grow Students' Love Of Literature

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

High school English teacher Jennifer McQuillan spent the summer collecting clippings from the gardens of American authors. She's using them to plant a "literary garden" in her school's courtyard.

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'Public Morals' — Or Lack Thereof — On Display In TNT's New Cop Show

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:29pm

Set in New York City in the 1960s, Ed Burns' new 10-hour series features corrupt cops and gritty gangsters. Critic David Bianculli says Public Morals has the look and feel of a classic police drama.

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Capturing An Unknowable Writer In 'Love Song'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 6:03am

Author Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Joan Didion is an honest attempt to construct a coherent narrative about her — but critic Michael Schaub says it doesn't completely work.

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Chef Wants Diners To Remember Her Cooking, Not Her Blindness

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:48pm

Laura Martinez defied many skeptics when she opened up her Chicago restaurant, La Diosa, this year. It helps that she used to work for the late Charlie Trotter, one of the city's most acclaimed chefs.

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'Sad Puppies' Fail To Stuff Ballot Box At Hugo Awards

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:35pm

The "sad puppies" — a group of disgruntled, mostly white male science fiction authors — struck out at the Hugo Awards over the weekend after trying to stuff the ballot box.

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:04pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.

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Scourge No More: Chefs Invite Corn Fungus To The Plate

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:01pm

American and Canadian chefs are learning what Mexicans have long known: a bluish fungus that infects corn kernels is delicious. And now scientists want to figure out how to grow it on corn on purpose.

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'A Manual For Cleaning Women' Showcases A Gritty, 'One-Of-A-Kind' Voice

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:21am

A posthumously published collection of stories by Lucia Berlin aims to bring Berlin the recognition she never enjoyed in her own rocky lifetime. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's well worth reading.

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Television 2015: Are We Done Hating Television?

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 8:34am

We're supposed to be in the new golden age of television, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still face a certain slippery stigma for some people.

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In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got, How She Got To 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:45am

Sonia Manzano has spent 44 years as one of the lucky residents of Sesame Street. In her memoir she describes how, during her own difficult childhood in the South Bronx, she sought comfort in TV.

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Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security?

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 5:25pm

David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.

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In 'Walking Dead' Spin-Off, Expect To Get An Apocalyptic Education

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 4:53pm

Don't plan on seeing familiar faces in Fear the Walking Dead, the prequel to the hit series. Show-runner Dave Erickson says the new series offers a chance to see the apocalypse viewers missed.

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Amid A Hubbub At The Hugos, 'Puppies' See Little Success

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:47pm

At science fiction's Hugo Awards, voters largely rejected a slate of nominees pushed by a group called the Sad Puppies. In an unusual end to the controversy, a few categories didn't even get a winner.

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Tony Gleaton: Photographing The African Story Across The Americas

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:03am

Tony Gleaton left a budding career in fashion photography to travel across continents, taking pictures of landscapes and people of the Americas that had special meaning for the African diaspora.

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No Fear Homemade Mayonnaise: Better Than What's In The Jar

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 6:47am

This week in our series Do Try This At Home: Making mayonnaise that's just as delicious, if not better, than what comes out of the jar.

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'Eileen' Is Dark, Damaged Fun

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 6:03am

Ottessa Moshfegh's new novel follows a defiantly, triumphantly off-putting young woman who dreams of escaping her grim New England existence. Critic Jean Zimmerman calls it "pleasingly perverse."

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In WWII, Millions Of Indians Fought For A Britain They Abhored

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 8:30am

As Indians struggled to break free of Britain, more than 2 million signed up to fight with the Allies, the largest volunteer force in the world. Raghu Karnad unearths the story in The Farthest Field.

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Everyone's Likely To Be Sad At This Year's Hugos

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:03am

The Hugo Awards celebrate the best in science fiction and fantasy, but this year they're fraught with controversy after a self-identified conservative coalition organized to dominate the nominations.

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