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Fishko Files

Zhivago Translation

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The art of translation has a lot to do with give and take --between two languages, and in this case, two translators.  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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The Takeaway

The End of the World as We Know It

Monday, January 12, 2015

Author Emily St. John Mandel's fourth novel, "Station Eleven," imagines the run-up to and aftermath from a global flu outbreak that effectively ends civilization as we know it.

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The Takeaway

The Best Books of 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

In honor of one of our favorite pastimes, we're devoting a special hour to books and authors who made our year, including interviews with Helen Thorpe and Hampton Sides

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Specials

Selected Shorts

Friday, December 26, 2014

Selected Shorts presents James Joyce’s most memorable story, “The Dead,” in two special programs hosted by Broadway and television star Cynthia Nixon.

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The Takeaway

Brooklyn Bound: Writing Kings County

Thursday, December 25, 2014

In September, four Brooklyn-based writers sat down to talk about the borough that inspired them most as part of a WNYC Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event at the Brooklyn Museum.
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Wallace Stegner and the Art of Fiction

Monday, December 08, 2014

See the thing as clearly as you can and try for the clearest, least obscured image.
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Studio 360

Starring Judy Blume as Herself

Thursday, November 27, 2014

On a recent visit to her hometown of Miami Beach, Judy Blume went on a walking tour of the spots that inspired her autobiographical novel Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.
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Death, Sex & Money

James McBride Resets

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The best-selling author of The Color of Water lived large, and he lost his creative focus. Now, he drives a pickup and teaches music in Brooklyn, and he's happier than he's ever been.

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The Takeaway

Novelist Richard Ford on 'Let Me Be Frank With You'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford discusses his latest novel in the Frank Bascombe series. Ford explains what he’s learned from his most famous character.

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The Takeaway

Never-Published Steinbeck Story Surfaces

Friday, November 07, 2014

A lost story by the literary great will be published for the first time today in The Strand magazine.

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Specials

Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood," Live from the 92Y

Saturday, November 01, 2014

In 1953, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas premiered his masterpiece “Under Milk Wood” in New York. Now, actor Michael Sheen returns with a new production in celebration of Thomas' centenary.

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Features

Philip Levine on the Legacy of Dylan Thomas

Friday, October 31, 2014

Philip Levine has made a career out of poetry detailing the life of working class Detroit. But long ago, he was first inspired by an encounter with Dylan Thomas' writings.

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On The Media

Want to Make a Bot That'll Write a Novel? November is the Time to do it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

November is National Novel Writing Month. This year, for the second time, it's also National Novel Generation Month
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Azar Nafisi on Why Fiction Matters in America

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran discusses her favorite American novels and why she believes literature and reading are vital to American culture.

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The Takeaway

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature Goes To...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The odds had favored Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. But early this morning, the prize went to the French author Patrick Modiano, called a "Proust of our time" by the Nobel Academy.

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Transportation Nation

Amtrak Picks Winners of Writer's Residency Program

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Twenty-four writers will be boarding long distance trains and pounding their laptops — when they're not distracted by scenery or the dining car.
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Community

WNYC in the Community: Brooklyn Museum

Monday, September 22, 2014

WNYC in the Community at the Brooklyn Museum for the Beat Festival and our event "Brooklyn Bound" featuring a panel of emerging Brooklyn authors. 

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The Takeaway

The Digital Reading Shift is Impacting Your Brain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains how the shift from paper to digital has caused a gigantic change in how we read.

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New Tech City

What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 

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The Takeaway

Inside the Lost Chapters of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Miranda Grope, Elvira Erstwhile, Clarence Crump, and Bertie Upside — just some of the characters left behind in Roald Dahl's early drafts.

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