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In Daniel Mallory Ortberg's Version, The Little Mermaid Inhales Souls

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

His new book The Merry Spinster infuses old stories with psychological horror, tackling issues of gender and property. "The blood was already there," he says. "I was just moving the blood around."

'The Sparsholt Affair' Finds Truth Somewhere Between Satire And Sentiment

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:00:11 -0400

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst's latest chronicles changing attitudes towards homosexuality in Britain through the stories of a closeted gay man — and later, his son — in the decades after World War II.

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:53:51 -0400

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.

Putin's Strategy Is To Glorify Russia's Past, Journalist Says

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:09:00 -0400

To preview this Sunday's presidential election in Russia, NPR's David Greene talks with reporter Shaun Walker about his new book The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.

Harper Lee Estate Sues Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Script By Aaron Sorkin

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:17:00 -0400

The author's lawyer says a contract bars the producers of a high-profile stage adaptation from departing "in any manner" from the spirit of the classic novel.

Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

Author Harper Lee's estate is suing Aaron Sorkin over editorial liberties Sorkin took when turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a Broadway production.

In 'Go Home,' Finding — Or Building — A Home In Words

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:00:12 -0400

This new anthology of Asian diasporic writers, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, is packed with stories, essays and poetry on the idea of home — where it is, what it is, and how you find or lose it.

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:05:00 -0400

Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.

The Liberal Case For Nationalism

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:18:30 -0400

"Nationalism is like a half-wild beast," Yascha Mounk writes. And who is trying to tame it?

Memory Is Mutable, Understanding Elusive In 'Memento Park'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:12 -0400

Mark Sarvas' new novel is dedicated to his own father and grandfathers — it's the story of a C-list movie actor and the valuable heirloom that leads him to dig into his family's history.

Author Alan Hollinghurst On Secret Affairs, Narrative Gaps And Writing Gay Sex

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:25:00 -0400

The Man Booker Prize-winning author's new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, follows a father and son over decades of social change and sexual liberation.

'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book attempts to put all the pieces of the story together.

2 Books Investigate The Mysteries Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:32:00 -0400

Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries: Laura Thompson's biography of the sphinxlike Agatha Christie, and I'll Be Gone In The Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara.

Evil, Antic And Modern, 'The Merry Spinster' Puts A Dark Spin On Fairy Tales

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:06 -0400

Mallory Ortberg's hyperliterate new story collection turns familiar fairy tales inside out to comment on gender, relationships and the way people manipulate each other.

'The Sparsholt Affair' Confirms Alan Hollinghurst's Status As A Literary Master

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:21:09 -0400

Hollinghurst's new domestic epic leapfrogs across seven decades to examine how the laws of social propriety shape the destinies of a father and son. Critic John Powers says the novel is fascinating.