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Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:09am

Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.

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It's Time For Comic-Con!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Revisiting An 'Endless Summer'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

While corny and dated and even offensive in places, the seminal surfing film Endless Summer, now getting a 50th anniversary rerelease, remains a rich visual exploration of the freedom of a wave.

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'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

One of the final performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman comes in the strong John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man.

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Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas perhaps chooses the wrong character to focus on, but the story has loose, improvisational charm.

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When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:21pm

Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.

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5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:19pm

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV Critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

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'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:12pm

Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."

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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:26pm

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:58am

In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).

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Patriotic Language

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.

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Fair-Weather Friends

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!

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Place That Band

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.

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The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

At the Ask Me Another tea shop, we don't sell chai, but we do have tea that encourages faith and devotion: "loyal-tea." That's because all answers in this game sound like "tea." Share a cup with us!

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How To Succeed At Trivia

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Is listening to our show the secret to succeeding at trivia games? And how! In this quiz, the answers are common phrases and titles that begin with "how," such as How I Met Your Mother.

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Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Serkis serves as accidental ambassador for his country in this game, as he must get a contestant to guess the American English equivalents of British slang, like "collywobbles." (Plus: Star Wars!)

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Random Questions With: Andy Serkis

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

The versatile actor is known for disappearing into his roles, like Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. In this game, we get to know Serkis, the human being.

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Thanks To Backpack's Revival, Lugging Stuff Is Fashionable Again

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:35am

This age of bold (or pragmatic) entrepreneurialism calls for a bag that bellows adventure. Before you dust off your grade-school book bag, consider these designer options.

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