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Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:13am

Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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'Chameleon Club' Takes On Too Many Colors

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:03am

Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.

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Exclusive First Read: Colson Whitehead's 'The Noble Hustle'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:01am

Colson Whitehead's account of his anhedonic adventures at the World Series of Poker is tough and tasty — like a good piece of beef jerky.

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The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:28pm

The Ballad of a Small Player is set in the murky underworld of Macau's casinos. Reviewer Tash Aw calls the novel a masterful and thrilling collision of old Asia and 21st century glamour.

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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:14pm

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.

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Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-D.M.C?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:21am

The Library of Congress recently added 25 new recordings to its National Recording Registry, but none of them were hip-hop or rap songs. Did it miss a beat?

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Shirley, This Is The Dawn Of A New 'Mad Men'

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:21am

Sunday night's episode capitalized at last on the show's notoriously ambivalent, slow-burning approach to paying any attention to race.

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Book News: 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' Author Doris Pilkington Garimara Dies

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:34am

Also: a poem by Michele Glazer; the best books coming out this week.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:00pm

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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From 'Field Of Dreams' To 'Draft Day': Who Cares About The Front Office?

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:11pm

Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.

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Exploring The Secret History Of The Cubicle

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:05am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Nikil Saval about his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. It's a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become.

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Restaurants Put Everything From Soup to Nuts Over The Fire

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:05am

It is not only smoked meat that's in all the hottest restaurants. It's actually anything edible that is being smoked.

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Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:05am

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.

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A BBC Icon Finds Adventure In An Element Hunter

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:05am

Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.

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'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:05am

NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.

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All Grown Up? Three Books About The Mystery Of Coming Of Age

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:11am

Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.

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All Grown Up? Three Books About The Mystery Of Coming Of Age

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:11am

Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.

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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 4:07pm

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:03am

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 7:12am

Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. A look back at the seminal teen flick reveals a surprisingly deep and romantic story.

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