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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:33am

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.

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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:05pm

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:54pm

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops as lessons on the craft and gateways to publishers. But in classes filled with the white and elite, many writers of color feel typecast as "other."

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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:01pm

In his new memoir Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors, and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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Poet Known As The 'Lioness of Iran' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:48am

Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:10am

Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.

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You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:03am

Critic Heller McAlpin says readers picking up Paulo Coelho's new Adultery in search of deep philosophical insight on marital infidelity and a lack of cliches might be better off with Madame Bovary.

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Did You Hear The One About The Stand-Up Comedian And The Podcast?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:33am

It used to be that a TV appearance was the key to success for comedians. In the past five years stand-up comedy has seen a global revival thanks to the Internet, and in particular, thanks to podcasts.

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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:37am

Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood.

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Haruki Murakami Paints A 'Colorless' Character In A Vividly Imagined World

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:03pm

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, about a young man looking for closure, offers Haruki Murakami's trademark blend of fantasy and reality. Some moments fall flat, but many others are intoxicating.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

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Sandwich Monday: The Roman-Style Burger

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:04pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger, Roman-Style. At M Burger, that means two grilled cheese sandwiches replace the bun.

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'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:46pm

The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.

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4 More Things NBC Must Do To Save 'Meet The Press'

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:12am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.

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Playlist: You Can Do It!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:59am

A little encouragement from the TED Radio Hour.

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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:31am

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.

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Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic activity: taking a nap.

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