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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

Friday, October 17, 2014

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
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'Dear White People' Is A Satire Addressed To Everyone

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Justin Simien's film is funny, but it pushes viewers to think seriously about race and stereotypes in their own lives. Tongue-in-cheek title aside, he says the film speaks to the "human experience."
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The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why "dead authors get the best" covers.
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'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher' And Other Stories From Hilary Mantel

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heads tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel's writing. Critic Maureen Corrigan says this new short story collection โ€” about grotesque characters in the modern world โ€” is breathtaking.
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'Why Kids Sext' Describes Nude Photos As 'Social Currency' Among Teens

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teenage girls explained to writer Hanna Rosin that boys collect sexts like baseball cards or Pokemon cards. "There's so much free porn out there that these pictures serve a different role," she says.
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Tove Lo Chronicles Three Stages Of A Love Affair

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Swedish pop singer-songwriter has a knack for capturing the thoughts of the romantic mind in a delightfully wordy.
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Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.
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An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hall and Haden performed as a duo at a concert in Montreal in 1990. Plans to release the album, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall, were in place before both artists passed away within the last year.
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What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Monday, October 13, 2014

The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure."
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Fresh Air Weekend

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend
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Inconsistent Memories Are Revisited In 'The Affair,' A Captivating New Drama

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Showtime show is about two people who betray their spouses and fall into a relationship. It's told from more than one perspective, and the actors are so likable, you forgive them their trespasses.
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In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

Friday, October 10, 2014

Director Damien Chazelle's second film centers on the agony of a drummer in a high-powered music school. The movie ties you into knots: The fear of failure is omnipresent. So is the jazz vibe.
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'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart

Friday, October 10, 2014

In Little Failure, the novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the U.S. when he was 7. For the first few years, he says, he would sit alone in the cafeteria, talking to himself in Russian.
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'Bad Paper' Explores The Underworld Of Debt Collection

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In his new book, Jake Halpern looks at the industry, where having a criminal background is no barrier to entry. He explains debt buying and how little regulation gave rise to a chaotic marketplace.
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Art In The Age Of Prince

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Prince has released two new albums simultaneously: Art Official Age appears under his own name, and PlectrumElectrum is the debut record of a Prince back-up band called 3rdEyeGirl.
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The Toil And The Oil That Fueled The Bakersfield Country Scene

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Bakersfield, Calif., has become famous for its own brand of country music. It evolved through a music scene that was wild and wide-open during the 1950s and '60s.
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The Language That Divides America: From Red And Blue To Percents

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Nobody knows what was in the president's cup when he saluted the Marines last month, but it became known as the "latte salute." Do people still use "red" and "blue" when discussing a cultural divide?
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A Mortician Talks Openly About Death, And Wants You To, Too

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

"You're never going to be completely comfortable with it," says mortician and author Caitlin Doughty. "But it's an important process." Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is her new memoir.
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One Final Offering From John Coltrane

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia that proved too much for some listeners.
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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.
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