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Posts Tagged: NPR

Nabokov vs. The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

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“When Nabokov started translating [his English-language memoir] into Russian, he recalled a lot of things that he did not remember when he was writing it in English, and so in essence it became a somewhat different book,” Pavlenko says.

At NPR’s health blog, Shots, Alan Yu explores the controversial linguistic idea that the language(s) we speak helps shape how we perceive the world.

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Yumi Sakugawa on NPR Blog

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We’re absolutely thrilled to see NPR’s Code Switch blog highlight Rumpus cartoonist Yumi Sakugawa and her new book, I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You.

Here’s a small glimpse of her conversation with Code Switch’s Kat Chow, this bit on a recent comic she drew for the Rumpus:

…with “Moon Between The Mountains,” it honestly started as a random doodle of a kitty human being left on the door step of these strange, wrinkly-looking people.

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Are High School Students in Any Sort of Abstract Literary Danger?

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A recent piece on NPR indicated that, according to recent studies, high school students are more and more frequently reading below their grade level.

It explained that the growing popularity of book series like The Hunger Games among teenagers is an indirect cause of this, forcing classics that formerly dominated high school summer reading lists—”Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Emily Bronte and Edith Wharton”—out of academic consciousness.

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The Weird, Sad, Beautiful Lives of “Wayward Authors”

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Writers aren’t exactly known for taking the road more traveled by, and the authors profiled in Andrew Shaffer’s Literary Rogues are no exception.

There’s Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s proclivity for opium, Gustave Flaubert’s exhibitionism, and of course, Oscar Wilde’s love that dare not speak its name.

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The End of the World, and of Sixth Grade

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On Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan reviews The Age of Miracles, a new novel by Karen Thompson Walker about “the slowing” of the world, told by an eleven year old girl, Julia.

“Sure, the natural world may be melting, but every bit as inexplicable and terrifying is the scene where Julia’s longtime best girlfriend turns into a popular pod person and freezes her out at recess one day.”

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INHERITANCE IN THE AGE OF THE E-BOOK

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“Among all the gifts of the electronic age, one of the most paradoxical might be to illuminate something we are beginning to trade away: the particular history, visible and invisible, that can be passed down through the vessel of an old book, inscribed by the hands and the minds of readers who are gone.”

Amanda Katz writes an essay for NPR books about the historical and sentimental qualities of print literature, and the failure of their electronic counterparts to preserve these idiosyncratic legacies.

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Car Talk Retirement

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Tom and Ray, NPR’s Car Talk brothers, have announced that they’re retiring come October. The good news is there will continue to be a weekly program pulled from the archives.

But to our fans, don’t be sad. We’ve managed to avoid getting thrown off NPR for 25 years, given out tens of thousands of wrong answers, generated lawsuit threats from innumerable car companies, and had a hell of a lot of fun talking to you guys.”

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The Moment

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Smith Magazine‘s THE MOMENT: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure is “a collection of and moving personal pieces about key instances – a moment of opportunity, serendipity, calamity, or chaos – that have had profound consequences on our lives.” Last week, editor Larry Smith spoke with NPR about the idea for the book and the moments included within.

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Novel Names

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Looking forward to giving your manuscript a name at the end of NaNoWriMo? This fill-in-the-blank guide to naming your first novel may help. Create the perfect title for “If Your First Novel Will Be A Busted Romance;” “If Your First Novel Will Be A Miserable Story Of One Person’s Suffering;” “If Your First Novel Is Intended To Launch A Giant Moneymaking Franchise;” and more.

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