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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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The Other Rock History

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:34pm

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:03am

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:23am

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:17am

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR's Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, it's American audiences who miss out.

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Not My Job: Gov. Deval Patrick Gets Quizzed On Burning Man

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:33pm

The governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts will answer three questions about the annual art festival taking place in the desert of northern Nevada.

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In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:12pm

An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book, A Crack in the Edge of the World.

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New Biopic Returns A Beloved Mexican Icon To The Big Screen

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

The beloved Mexican actor known as Cantinflas is often referred to as the Latin Charlie Chaplin. His humor tweaked the rich and powerful. His speech was goofy and intelligent at the same time, and he made some 50 movies between 1936 and 1981. And now, a new film addresses the actor's life.

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Cantinflas, With His Puns And Satire, Is Back (And Still Relevant)

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Mexican actor Mario Moreno, known as Cantinflas, made dozens of films between the 1930s and 1980s. A biopic about the comic, whose humor tweaked the rich and powerful, opens in the U.S. this weekend.

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Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.

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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.

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Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In 'The November Man'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:45am

Pierce Brosnan has left James Bond behind, but he struggles for his footing in an action thriller he himself fought hard to bring to the screen.

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A Photographer Captures The Often-Overlooked 'Aunty' Couture

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:42am

Toronto-based Meera Sethi's multimedia art project showcases the unique style of South Asian women, fondly called "Aunties."

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Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:18am

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; healthcare and the modern writer.

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Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine, works as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. Her passion outside of work is dog sledding. It's the latest installment in our hobby series "Alter Egos."

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