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Capturing An Unknowable Writer In 'Love Song'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:03am

Author Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Joan Didion is an honest attempt to construct a coherent narrative about her — but critic Michael Schaub says it doesn't completely work.

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'Sad Puppies' Fail To Stuff Ballot Box At Hugo Awards

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:35pm

The "sad puppies" — a group of disgruntled, mostly white male science fiction authors — struck out at the Hugo Awards over the weekend after trying to stuff the ballot box.

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:04pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.

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'A Manual For Cleaning Women' Showcases A Gritty, One-Of-A-Kind Voice

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:21am

A posthumously published collection of stories steers recognition to Lucia Berlin, whose fictional narrators are the sort who have seen it all and aren't afraid to tell you about their crappy day.

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In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got, How She Got To 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:45am

Sonia Manzano has spent 44 years as one of the lucky residents of Sesame Street. In her memoir she describes how she sought comfort in TV during her own difficult childhood in the South Bronx.

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Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security?

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 4:25pm

David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.

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Amid A Hubbub At The Hugos, 'Puppies' See Little Success

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:47am

At science fiction's Hugo Awards, voters largely rejected a slate of nominees pushed by a group called the Sad Puppies. In an unusual end to the controversy, a few categories didn't even get a winner.

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