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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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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All Things Considered

The Other Rock History

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist 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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All Things Considered

When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

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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All Things Considered

In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

Friday, August 29, 2014

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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All Things Considered

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

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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Fresh Air

Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Friday, August 29, 2014

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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Fresh Air

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

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'

Friday, August 29, 2014

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

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

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Morning Edition

Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On

Friday, August 29, 2014

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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