Posts Tagged: NPR
“She’s not a hiker but … that hiking boot on the cover caught her eye. And she was just halfway into chapter one when she said she sat bolt upright in bed and realized that we had the same father.”
Cheryl Strayed (aka Dear Sugar) talks to NPR about finding the half-sister she had never met through her memoir Wild and a stroke of random luck....more
Both of these essays (“You are the Second Person” and “The Worst of White Folks”) are included in his new book, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, published last week....more
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....more
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....more
“Darcy: How odd. I’m strangely attracted to this uncouth woman who shows so little deference!”
Want to celebrate the 200th birthday of Pride and Prejudice without actually reading the classic? Check out the very abridged, illustrated version that Jen Sorensen did at NPR Books....more
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5, and we definitely recommend giving it a listen.
Stephen Thompson, in his NPR review, describes Thao’s music as:
Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, Thao Nguyen is one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around.
There might be some light at the end of the tunnel for independent bookstores.
At NPR Books, Lynn Neary discusses the rising popularity of pretty, hardcover books and their power to be undefied by the monumental e-book. More people are realizing the allure of aesthetically pleasing literature and the warm comfort of purchasing it at a local bookstore....more
“One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear… It mustn’t be fancy. I have the feeling that a lot of poets writing now are, they sort of tap dance through it....more
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.”...more
“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....more
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.”...more
This weekend brought the television premiere of Richard Parks’ awarding-winning short film Music Man Murray, which documents 88 year-old Murray Gershenz “as he struggles to find a buyer for the hundreds of thousands of records in his LA store.”
For a limited time this week, the documentary can be viewed in full at NPR’s All Things Considered blog....more
NPR’s All Things Considered is starting a monthly project that brings poets into the newsroom before unleashing them to write a poem “reflecting on the day’s news.” Their inaugural poet is Rumpus Poetry Book Club author Tracy K. Smith. You can read or listen to her poem here....more
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....more
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....more
Over the summer, NPR solicited listener nominations and votes to compile a giant list of the Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books. Then SF signal took it a step further by creating an intricate flowchart based on that list. And then, they transformed that chart into a handy interactive guide....more
Catch-22 turns 50 this year. NPR explores how and why the the novel’s central paradox still resonates with readers—particularly with “a new crop of young people distrustful of their elders. ”
“Catch-22 is a concept everyone can understand. That’s why it so quickly became part of the language — a phrase to be called upon when there seems no way out of the traps life can set for you and when humor really is the best response....more
“The creative vision of author and illustrator Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, introduced fantastic characters into the imaginations of generations of kids. Now, two decades after his death, a new book, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, is reintroducing a collection of Geisel’s more obscure tales, including Gustav the Goldfish and Tadd and Todd.”...more
A new study suggests that drinking more than one cup of coffee a day may prevent the onset of depression in women. And the more you drink, the better: “The biggest coffee drinkers saw the largest reduction in risk, according to the study....more
Do you know about New Horror, the genre that rendered horror movies into “high art”? Horror movies, the classics and how their subsequent cinematic transformation, are the subject of Shock Value, Jason Zinoman’s new book. There’s an excerpt and review on NPR Books that will launch you into a fit of nostalgia for the horror films of yesteryear, so you can relive the spooky....more
Culturally sensitive accusations turned into humorous catchphrase?
Sounds like the kind of comical turnover that only my millennial generation could come up with! “That’s racist” is a quip that has become abundant in various forms (the name of a hip-hop group, a punch line on a TV show, ubiquitous in Youtube commentary and other online forums)....more