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An Audacious Transformation Bogs Down In 'Blackass'

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:00am

A. Igoni Barrett's new novel is a long, bizarre riff on Kafka's Metamorphosis, transplanted to Nigeria. Reviewer Michael Schaub says Barrett's strong writing is ultimately mired in a rambling plot.

Barbershop: Chris Rock, Nina And Kendrick

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 4:02pm

Ravi Patel, Kara Brown and Alex Gale join the Barbershop to talk about Chris Rock's Oscars performance, a polarizing casting decision for a Nina Simone biopic and the surprise Kendrick Lamar album.

Remembering Pat Conroy, A Master Who Searched Out The World In Stories

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 3:57pm

The best-selling author of Prince of Tides died Friday evening at the age of 70. NPR's Tom Vitale has an appreciation.

Not My Job: N.J. Sen. Cory Booker Gets Quizzed On Old Jerseys

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 9:49am

We ask the former mayor of Newark three questions about old sports jerseys.

'Rodeo' Gets In Touch With The Wild, Both Inside And Out

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 9:00am

Adoption is a metaphor for cultural dislocation in Boris Fishman's new novel, which follows an immigrant Jewish couple in New Jersey who adopt a baby from Minnesota — and set out to find his roots.

At 70, Sally Field Navigates Aging In The Spotlight

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 7:39am

The actress' latest role in "Hello, My Name is Doris" hits close to home: "The story really is a coming of age — of a woman of age." As for Fields, she welcomes the stages of old age with openness.

Art Of Breakups: Museum Enshrines Relics Of Relationships Past

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The museum is located Los Angeles and will be home to memorabilia from persons overcoming all types of broken relationships.

'Charlie Chan:' An Imaginary Cartoonist Draws A Very Real Homeland

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:00am

Charlie Chan Hock Chye is one of Singapore's great unsung cartoonists. He's also imaginary — the virtuosic invention of comic artist Sonny Liew, who's created a realistic mix of comics and history.

'1984' On Stage: Big Brother Is Still Watching You

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 3:52am

An award-winning London stage adaptation of 1984 has just transferred to the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. The actors say Orwell's dystopian novel remains ominously relevant today.

Author Pat Conroy Dies At 70

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:20pm

The best-selling author was known for novels such as The Great Santini and The Prince Of Tides. He had announced last month that he had pancreatic cancer.

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