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'What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky' Is Defiantly, Electrically Original

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 6:00am

Lesley Nneka Arimah's remarkable debut collection is both cohesive and varied at the same time. Grounded both in the U.S. and Nigeria, it's full of sly humor, genuine emotion and occasional horror.

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'Hemingway Didn't Say That' (And Neither Did Twain Or Kafka)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:47pm

There are tons of quotes from famous people out there — and a lot of them are just plain wrong. Author Garson O'Toole has dedicated himself to setting the record straight.

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Broth-Loving Hipsters Are Pushing Up The Price Of Bones

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:20pm

With bone broth mania sweeping parts of the U.S. (we see you, LA), cheap bones are harder to come by. Some broth makers are moving away from the standard beef and chicken to new bones — like alpaca.

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For Laura Jane Grace, Punk Was A Form Of Armor

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:43pm

The founder of the band Against Me! felt so conflicted about her gender growing up that she thought she was schizophrenic. Since transitioning, she's become more in touch with herself.

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Eat Like A 'Golden Girl': NYC Cafe Feeds Fans With A Heavy Side Of Nostalgia

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:36am

Fans of the sitcom can get a taste of the golden life at Rue La Rue Cafe, the Golden Girls-themed restaurant in Manhattan. Co-owned by actress Rue McLanahan's son, it serves up pop culture and food.

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Poland's New World War II Museum Just Opened, But Maybe Not For Long

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 8:36am

The museum opened March 23 in Gdansk, where the war began. "This is the museum of a war, but not a military museum," says historian Pawel Machcewicz. The government wants something different.

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'Foxlowe' Is A Delicious Slice Of Darkness

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 6:00am

Eleanor Wasserberg's debut novel is not for the faint of heart — this tale of a cultishly evil group called the Family who live in a mansion on the English moors is unrelentingly cruel and eerie.

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Mayte Garcia Knew She Would Marry Prince, But Could Never Have Predicted How

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:53am

In her new book, The Most Beautiful, Garcia explains how an unlikely meeting at one of the pop icon's concerts sparked a relationship full of love, surprises and, ultimately, heartbreak.

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Why Do Some South Koreans Believe A Myth That North Koreans Have Horns?

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:50am

Researchers say the belief some South Koreans hold that North Koreans — who are the same ethnicity as South Koreans — are beast-like is a product of years of propaganda and misleading education.

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The Poetic Legacy Of Russia's Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:53pm

Outspoken and influential Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died over the weekend. He was known for his criticism of anti-Semitism and of the Soviet Union.

Documentarian Says 'Anarchist Cookbook' Author Was Filled With Remorse

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:53pm

But remorse and regret are two different things. William Powell's 1970s book contains instructions for making explosives. Charlie Siskel interviewed him for his film American Anarchist.

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The Taste Of Wine Isn't All In Your Head, But Your Brain Sure Helps

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 2:13pm

Savoring the flavor of wine activates more gray matter than solving a complex math problem, according to neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd. His new book, Neurenology, explores your brain on wine.

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The 'Grammar Vigilante': Defender Of Truth, Justice And The Grammarian Way

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:18pm

Wielding his handy "apostrophiser," this "Banksy of punctuation" stalks the streets of Bristol at night, reclaiming the British city's street signs for good — one corrected apostrophe at a time.

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Author Looks To Other Countries To Rethink America's Complicated Tax Code

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:13pm

When it comes to taxes, T.R. Reid says other countries have done "what the U.S. Congress evidently can't do — they've made it simple." His new book is A Fine Mess.

The Jewish Food Society Wants To Save The Recipes Of Grandmas Everywhere

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:57am

A new project aims to celebrate Jewish food and culture in all its diversity. It's collecting recipes from the Jewish diaspora and staging public events where stories behind the recipes are the stars.

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With This Publisher, Native American Superheroes Fly High

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:58pm

Native Realities Press exclusively publishes Native American-made comics, graphic novels and games — including a reboot of Tribal Force, widely considered the first all-Native superhero comic book.

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#NPRpoetry Month: Vince Staples Reads His Favorite Twitter Poems

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:58pm

Today's selections grapple with the existential crisis presented by string cheese, plus rapper Vince Staples shares a couple of his favorites from #NPRPoetry.




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