'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

NPR Books - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

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Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

NPR Books - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

Categories: Literary & Art News

Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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Categories: Literary & Art News

Kennedy Center Celebrates Latest Honorees, But Without The First Family

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 02:14

Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, Norman Lear and dancer Carmen De Lavallade are this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. Not present, the president and first lady.

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

NPR Books - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 05:08

Author Gregory Maguire made his name re-writing fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 05:08

Author Gregory Maguire made his name re-writing fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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Breaking The Bubble Of Food Writing: Cultivating Diverse Stories

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 05:00

The world of food is vast, but we tend to hear about the same cuisines over and over again. So how do we tip the scales in favor of more diversity among food writers?

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In 'Bombshell,' The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:58

In Alexandra Dean's new documentary, the stunning silver-screen beauty of the 1930s and '40s is also the inventor of a technology that makes today's wireless encryption possible.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

NPR Books - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:00

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:00

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Categories: Literary & Art News

Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 07:00

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 07:00

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 05:00

Hard cider is having a hot moment. Hotter still, if it's locally made and distributed. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig On Female Birds

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:44

The acclaimed actor and screenwriter (and now director) faces questions about hedge sparrows, cuckoos and palm cockatoos.

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Chris Matthews On The 'Raging Spirit' Of Bobby Kennedy

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

NPR's Scott Simon talks to veteran political commentator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews about his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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Newly Discovered Andy Warhol Art Up For Auction

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

A Massachusetts auction house is selling newly discovered Andy Warhol works. They are remnants of the artist's relationship with his last boyfriend found in his mother's attic.

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Elizabeth Olsen On A 'Wind River' Oscar Campaign Without Weinstein

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

The actress stars in the film once distributed by The Weinstein Company. "Everyday we're learning more about men in power and sexual assault," she says. "And those are what this film is about."

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Categories: Literary & Art News

Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

(Image credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Categories: Literary & Art News

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