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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher

 

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'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:49:00 -0400 
    A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.


This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry 
  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:42:35 -0400 
    In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.


The World Music Education of Philip Glass 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:06:00 -0400 
    In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.


Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse' 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:06:00 -0400 
    Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.


'Save Us, Save Us': A Poem For The Migrants Lost At Sea 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:33:15 -0400 
    We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon's "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford."


It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William' 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:27:00 -0400 
    When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.


Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:22:00 -0400 
    James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.


'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:58:36 -0400 
    Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.


Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia 
  Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.


After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories 
  Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:25:00 -0400 
    "Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.


No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human 
  Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:51:00 -0400 
    In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "We exist in the middle."


'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life 
  Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:58:00 -0400 
    "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." Her latest book is God Help the Child.


Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night' 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:18:00 -0400 
    What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.


Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World' 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:45:27 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.


'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:45:00 -0400 
    Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.
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