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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Also: How to tell you’re in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway’s letters.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · It’s not news that the publishing world isn’t very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Daniel Kehlmann’s F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the “Lioness of Iran,” has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · David Connerley Nahm’s debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls “anti-nostalgia,” the pain of intrusive memories that come when you’re least prepared.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The protagonist of Julie Schumacher’s new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.
 

 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the beheading of American journalist James Foley is tantamount to an act of terror against the U.S.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.
 

August 22, 2014 | NPR · Faulting the U.S. approach to hostage situations like the one his brother, James Foley, was in, Michael Foley says, “We are sitting on prisoners in Guantanamo. It doesn’t even have to be financial.”
 

Arts & Life

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · At our very first New York live show, we talk about the things we loved this summer and the things we’re looking forward to in the fall. And, of course, we get to what’s making us happy this week.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Also: How to tell you’re in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway’s letters.
 

Music

August 22, 2014 | NPR · Our puzzler for careful listeners: This week, featuring fills and intros selected by Joe Easley, drummer for The Dismemberment Plan. Hear the fill (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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August 22, 2014 | KCRW · One of the first big blog-rock bands visits Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform “Coming Down,” the first single from its new fourth album, Only Run.
 

August 22, 2014 | NPR · The 25-year-old guitarist-singer-songwriter has already served as an opening act on Jack White’s recent tour, and he may be ready for headliner status.
 

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