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'Hemingway In Love' Chronicles Papa's Romantic Regrets

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

A.E. Hotchner wrote a memoir of his friend Ernest Hemingway in 1966, though he left out several stories to protect those still living. Now, at 95, he's publishing them.

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Gossip Girls: Tea Parties And The Sexist Slang They Inspired

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 1:29pm

Tea drinking has long been synonymous with female tittle-tattle. Though men drank as much tea and gossiped as avidly as women, it was the latter who got stuck with the bad rap.

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Watch: 'Hotline Bling' Reaches A New (Odd) Apex In Video Mashup

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:18pm

In the past week, a video for Drake's song "Hotline Bling" has inspired both memes and jokes. A new entry has its roots in a fictional Australian high school with a gung-ho drama teacher.

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'Modern Girl' Carrie Brownstein Describes Finding (And Hiding) Herself In Music

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:17pm

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.

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'The Witches' Shows Salem Is In Our Blood

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 6:03am

Stacy Schiff's masterful history of the Salem witch trials shines a light on a dark period in American history. Critic Jean Zimmerman says The Witches is engagingly thorough and thrillingly told.

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'Pitch By Pitch,' Bob Gibson Shares His Life In The Game

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

David Greene talks with pitcher Bob Gibson about Game 1 of the 1968 World Series, when he struck out a record-setting 17 batters. Gibson details the experience in his new memoir, Pitch by Pitch.

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Lauren Groff Used 'Fates And Furies' To Bring 'Feminine Rage' Into Light

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

Drawing from experiences living in the South and wanting to counter older portrayals, the author of Morning Edition's latest book club pick sought to craft "a strong woman who doesn't self-destruct."

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Spoiler Alert: Latest Death May Spoil 'Walking Dead' For Some Fans

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:03pm

The popular zombie show has always been willing to bump off any character at any time — but critic Eric Deggans says a recent death (if it really happened) will have to be handled carefully.

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'Natural World:' In Which We Make An Expotition To The Hundred Acre Wood

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh is a new book about Ashdown Forest, the place that inspired A.A. Milne to create his classic children's tales. NPR's Ari Shapiro visits with author Kathryn Aalto.

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CBS' 'Supergirl' Reinvents The Classic Comic For Modern Times

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

In its first superhero series of the 21st century, CBS is building Supergirl around characters traditionally seen as sidekicks. NPR offers a peek at the new show.

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Fans Offer Legos To Ai Weiwei After Company Refuses To Donate Its Toy Bricks

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The Internet has exploded in support of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei after Lego refused to donate its toy bricks for an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

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At 81, Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:42am

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Steinem's new memoir is My Life on the Road.

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Fans Flood Artist Ai Weiwei With Offers Of Legos

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:36am

The Chinese artist says the Danish company that makes the toy bricks has refused to sell a bulk order for an exhibition on free speech. Ai says Lego is bowing to pressure from Chinese authorities.

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A Witch's Brew Of Fear And Fantasy: America's Tiny Reign Of Terror

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

Pulitizer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff's last book was a best-seller about Cleopatra. Now, the Massachusetts native is out with a history of a subject closer to home: The 1692 Salem witch trials.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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'Birth Of A Race': The Obscure Demise Of A Would-Be Rebuttal To Racism

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 5:05pm

The Birth of a Nation, a Ku Klux Klan-glorifying epic, was America's first blockbuster film. It was also the spark for Emmett J. Scott, a black filmmaker who hoped to answer with a vision of his own.

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In 'Brothers,' A Pair Of Divergent Paths Split By Race

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 4:10pm

Illustrator Barry Moser's new memoir, We Were Brothers, explores his relationship with his sibling Tommy. Tommy absorbed the racism passed down by their parents, while Barry left the family behind.

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I Think That I Shall Never See / A Password As Secure As ... Poetry?

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 9:24am

It's a thoroughly modern problem: crafting a password that's both secure and memorable. But two computational linguists see a very old answer — one written in iambic pentameter and end rhyme.

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Eileen Myles Offers A Double Shot Of Punk Rock Poetry

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 9:03am

The veteran poet's beloved 1994 novel Chelsea Girls has been reissued alongside a new collection, I Must Be Living Twice. Myles' poems chronicle a life of art and sex in gritty 1970s New York City.

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This Weekend, Hoist A Pint With The 'Young Skins'

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 7:12am

Irish writer Colin Barrett's debut story collection Young Skins is our latest Weekend Reads pick. It's recommended by Tessa Hadley, who praises Barrett's "lovely, high-flown, playful" writing.

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