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6:22 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction

Kristen Wiig plays Johanna Parry in Hateship Loveship, adapted from an Alice Munro short story.
IFC Films

[This piece discusses the plot of both the Alice Munro short story on which Hateship Loveship is based and the film itself, although it's frankly nothing you can't intuit from the trailer.]

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4:19 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Book News: 'Captain Underpants' Is 2013's Most Vilified Book

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

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4:03 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like

Daily life has slowly been changing in Cuba, since Fidel Castro ceded power in 2006 to his brother Raul, who became president in 2008.
Franklin Reyes AP

Since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother Raul in 2006, life in Cuba has slowly been changing. Young Cubans are more comfortable talking about their government and cellphones have begun to open up the island more, connecting it in a small way to the outside world.

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4:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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4:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language'

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 3:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Francesca Marciano has the rare distinction of being a celebrated writer in two languages.

FRANCESCA MARCIANO: It's almost as if by now I have two brains that are running parallel to one another. One brain writes films in Italian and the other brain seems to be writing novels in English.

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7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal

In the ring, Johnson was a master of defense, with a powerful knockout punch and an unprecedented talent for talking trash.
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April is National Poetry Month, and Code Switch is celebrating by writing about great poets of color and their poems that address issues of race, culture and ethnicity. We began the series with an invitation to our readers to help us build a collaborative poem.

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2:21 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

After A Disaster In 'Family Life,' Relief Never Comes

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Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 5:12 pm

Some things in life are just too painful to accept, and the same is true in novels. Family Life is the story of the Mishras, who immigrate to the U.S. in the late 1970s from India. Their departure is such a big deal that townspeople gather around just to have a look at their airplane tickets. Expectations of the life that awaits them start to build. "Americans clean themselves with paper, not water," says a classmate of the younger Mishra brother, Ajay, who narrates the novel. "In America, they say 'yeah' not yes," the boy goes on. To which Ajay replies, "That's nothing.

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11:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Writers Of Color Flock To Social Media For A New Way To Use Language

Kima Jones, like many other poets of color, uses social media as a tool to reach audiences that don't typically read literary journals.
Courtesy of Kima Jones

"How do we enter the poem?" That's the first question poets are asked to consider for their readers. When reworking and formatting, before the line breaks or last word, the poet must find a way into the poem, first, to show the reader how to get there for herself.

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8:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Glossy As Film, This Handbook Was Made For The Multiplex

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First, a confession: I've been a serial intern. Like so many other millennials, I've hopped from internship to internship, my wages often paid more in promises than recognized currency. And though my last internship — here at NPR Books — was one of the best things to happen to me (hi there, Boss!), it's safe to say that I carried into Shane Kuhn's new novel some preconceived notions. Even before I opened The Intern's Handbook, I knew that my review might need some sort of disclaimer. Consider this it.

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6:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Astonish Me' Is An Artful, Elegant Dance

Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of Seating Arrangements.
Alisha & Brook

"Etonnez-moi," Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes, used to say to his dancers. Astonish me. Maggie Shipstead's book of the same name does not astonish; rather, it charms. It is full of the kind of prose you want to curl up and nest in like a cat: seamless and full of small elegances.

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