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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Book News: Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Recovering From Stroke

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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First Reads
7:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Exclusive First Read: Marisha Pessl's 'Night Film'

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:56 am

Marisha Pessl's dark, cinematic and wildly over-the-top new novel, Night Film, starts with a mysterious death: Ashley Cordova, troubled former child prodigy and daughter of mysterious filmmaker Stanislas Cordova, is found dead at the bottom of a disused elevator shaft, an apparent suicide. Disgraced investigative journalist Scott McGrath thinks there's more to the case.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Party Like It's 2009: Life And Friendship In The Great Recession

Choire Sicha co-runs the website The Awl. Very Recent History is his first book.
Jonathan Snyder

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 5:23 pm

In Choire Sicha's Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City, a voice from our future looks back at events taking place in a "massive" East Coast metropolis, its citizens perpetually gripped with "a quiet panic" while living in a gritty landscape of iron and excess. Throw in a mysterious virus, a rich, blind governor, a sketchy mayor campaigning for a third term, and this novel gets even more curious.

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Author Interviews
6:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

2012 Election Was 'Collision' Between Two Americas

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 4:05 pm

Dan Balz, one of the nation's most respected political reporters, has written his review of the last presidential election — what happened and why.

It's called Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.

The chief correspondent for The Washington Post, Balz is the author of several books, including one on President Obama's first election — The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election — written with Haynes Johnson.

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3:26 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse

Robert Pinsky served as the United States Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:06 am

For Robert Pinsky, the pleasure in poetry comes from the music of the language, and not from the meaning of the words. So he put together an anthology of 80 poems that are models by master poets -- from Sappho to Allen Ginsberg, Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson.

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Monkey See
4:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Still Not Ginger: In Which We Express Cautious Excitement About Peter Capaldi

For hardcore Doctor Who fans, the show is like a cranky elderly relative. You love it because it's basically family. But you don't always like it. (Steven Moffat ... grumble grumble ... female characters ... grumble grumble ... what the hell did you do to River Song grumble grumble ...)

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A Blog Supreme
1:45 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival In GIFs

Esperanza Spalding performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 1:47 pm

Clap your hands now! From Michel Camilo's stomping, tassled Oxfords to Esperanza Spalding's vibrating upright-bass strings and a whole lotta dancing, here's the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival forever enshrined in animated GIFs. See a gallery of Adam Kissick's pixel portraits here — and follow us on Flickr.

Monkey See
9:16 am
Mon August 5, 2013

'Bachelorette' Bracketology: Like Sports, With More Crying

Desiree Hartsock is The Bachelorette. Will she find love in the season finale? Well, she'll do something, and brackets across Bachelor-land will bust. Or not.
Craig Sjodin ABC

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 4:23 pm

Peter Greczner was not a fan of The Bachelor franchise, which closes its season Monday night, until he started watching with his girlfriend about a year and a half ago. When one of her friends suggested they fill out brackets, as they would for college basketball, he threw himself into research. He eventually got so into it that he found himself watching with a laptop open and big scratch pad covered in strategic notes.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Mon August 5, 2013

BBC Announces Peter Capaldi Is The Next Dr. Who

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 5:40 am



From space travel to travel through space and time...


WERTHEIMER: Any fan of "Dr. Who" recognizes that sound. It's a whirling blue police call box, a tardis, transporting the main character on the long running BBC program. The plot line has the Doctor regenerating ever so often. Which means a new actor comes in to play the title role, and now the 50-year-old science fiction show has just named its 12th Doctor.

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5:06 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

In His Own Words: Remembering Poet Robert Hayden

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 6:38 pm

Robert Hayden was born in Detroit 100 years ago Sunday. He became the first African-American to receive the honor now known as "poet laureate." Among his most famous works is the collection of short poems called Elegies for Paradise Valley. We hear an excerpt from the collection, as read by the author in 1976.