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Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping' 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:05:00 -0500 
    Cutesy, homespun goods that combine old-fashioned and modern aesthetics are proliferating. But don't be mistaken: There's a powerful economic force behind it all, says author Marc Spitz.


Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 
    Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.


How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:16:00 -0500 
    Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.


Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.


Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:03:15 -0500 
    Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.


Why Aren't We More Compassionate? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500 
    Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.


How Can We Make The World More Compassionate? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500 
    Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions, in the form of the golden rule.


Are We Wired To Be Compassionate? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500 
    Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.


Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500 
    Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion — so she proposes a linguistic revival.


Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:00 -0500 
    In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.


25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:00 -0500 
    Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.


India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:33:00 -0500 
    Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.


Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:04:00 -0500 
    The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.


'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower 
  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:09:00 -0500 
    Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.


How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich 
  Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:17:00 -0500 
    Karen Dawisha's new book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia shows how Russian president Vladimir Putin has enabled his cronies to become enormously wealthy under his kleptocratic rule.
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