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Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:31:07 -0500

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Originally broadcast Nov. 21, 2016.

'Martians Abroad' Is An Optimistic Glance Into Humanity's Future

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:23 -0500

Carrie Vaughn — known for her Kitty Norville urban fantasies — ventures offworld with Martians Abroad, a high-school adventure that pays fun, thoughtful homage to Robert Heinlein's "juveniles."

Why Being Bored Isn't Necessarily A Bad Thing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

In her book, How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman says we should embrace those moments when we'd otherwise be looking for stimulation. Her book is part of a self-help series called The School Of Life.

Muslim NYPD Chaplain On Faith, Fear And Getting Stopped By Airport Security

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:14:00 -0500

Imam Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in The Secret Life of Muslims, a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University.

In 'Homesick,' Ottessa Moshfegh Makes The Unlikable Understandable

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:56:00 -0500

The characters in Ottessa Moshfegh's new collection are cold, unfiltered, frequently pathetic — all suffering from unease and nameless longing, made understandable by each perfectly-built story.

How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:41:00 -0500

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways.

'Transit' Is A Journey You Won't Want To End

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:00:22 -0500

Rachel Cusk's latest — the second in a trilogy that began with Outline — follows a writer unmoored by the breakup of her marriage, and the people she meets as she goes about her strange new life.

'Meaning of Michelle' Essays Celebrate First Lady's Realness

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:07:00 -0500

In a new collection, 16 essayists describe how Michelle Obama helped change the perception of black women and the White House.

'The New Odyssey' Allows Migrants Stories To Humanize The Crisis

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

The Guardian's Migration Correspondent Patrick Kingsley's book The New Odyssey follows several migrants on their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa to Europe.

How To Tell A Story Through Emails

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:24 -0500

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a funny and sometimes icky story of twins. It's told through the twins' emails and unfolds around a lie. Author Rachel Hulin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her new novel.

Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:52:00 -0500

In the 1950s, the linguist — then an "amateur" — helped create a system to Romanize Chinese writing. Zhou's system helped boost literacy and diminished the linguistic divide between East and West.

Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

The Author Of 'The Exorcist,' William Peter Blatty, Dies At 89

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

The author of the novel The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89. Scott Simon spoke with him in 2011 about the novel — and he said he never meant for it to be so scary.

A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.

In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.