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In 'Goodbye To Language,' Jean-Luc Godard Seeks New Ways To Make Pictures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

At 83, the Franco-Swiss auteur has made another complex visual poem, this time using 3D technology. The film bubbles with invention, thanks to jittery editing and a jumble of photographic styles.

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'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary examines the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The film recognizes an instinct toward simplistic polarization, but pushes gently against it.

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Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

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I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.

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Morning Edition

'Lastness': Award-Winning Poet Galway Kinnell Dies At 87

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Poet Galway Kinnell died Tuesday. His career spanned from the end of World War II to the present, earning him a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Home in Vermont, Kinnell died from leukemia.

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Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

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All Things Considered

At 83, Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Makes The Leap To 3-D

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Godard, who has been making films for more than half a century, shared the 2014 Jury Prize at Cannes for his 3-D film, Goodbye To Language. He likes 3-D, he says, because "there aren't any rules."

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Fresh Air

The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

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Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier.

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Morning Edition

Marvel's Next Films To Have More Diverse Leads

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In addition to two more films in the Avengers series, Marvel has announced its next round of movies until 2019, featuring characters like The Black Panther, Dr. Strange and Captain Marvel.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'Belzhar' By Meg Wolitzer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Novelist Gabrielle Zelvin reviews Meg Wolitzer's new young adult book, Belzhar.

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All Things Considered

At 83, Dancer Carmen De Lavallade Looks Back At A Life Spent Onstage

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

De Lavallade's husband of 59 years, dancer Geoffrey Holder, died on Oct. 5. "He was my biggest fan and I was the same way with him," she says. De Lavallade's one-woman show is called As I Remember It.

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All Things Considered

To Make Bread, Watch The Dough, Not The Recipe

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One man's quest for the perfect loaf took him to Paris, Berlin, California and Kansas. What he learned can't easily be captured in words. It's a feeling in your fingers that comes from experience.

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Fresh Air

A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

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Book News: 2 Popular Books May Be Coming To TV

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ann Leckie's sci-fi epic Ancillary Justice and Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves have been optioned for TV. Meanwhile, a long-lost Malcolm Lowry novel sees publication.

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'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.

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The Battle For Dreamland, Revisited In 'Nemo'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A lavishly produced new tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo comics gathers dozens of today's artists to revisit Slumberland. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the book is beautiful but unchallenging.

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All Things Considered

75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

Monday, October 27, 2014

Writer Cynthia Ozick attended readings at the Y in the 1950s. "You saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight," she says, "and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization."

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Fresh Air

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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