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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest


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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic' 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:00 -0500 
    When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience' 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:33:00 -0500 
    Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation' 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:33:00 -0500 
    Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:18:00 -0500 
    In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

Tweet In The Holiday With Recipes On Twitter 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:11:00 -0500 
    Test your ability to tweet a recipe in 140 characters or less. Amateur cook and writer Maureen Evans tells us how she manages to do that, and breaks down her code in her Twitter cookbook, Eat Tweet.

For One Essayist, 'The Unspeakable' Isn't Off-Limits 
  Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:47:00 -0500 
    Meghan Daum's new collection looks at life in that awkward stage of adulthood that comes before you'd call yourself middle-aged. "Are we in the twilight of youth?" she asks. "That sounds not good."

The King Of Housewives Dishes Pop Culture's Delightful Dirt 
  Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:07:00 -0500 
    Pop culture juggernaut Andy Cohen has written a new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries. He speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about why celebrity fascinates him and how he went from journalism to reality TV.

Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing 
  Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:07:00 -0500 
    Evil figures prominently in favorite bedtime stories. But a new translation of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how unsanitized and murderous these stories once were.

Family Film Offers Glimpse Of 'Three Minutes In Poland' Before Holocaust 
  Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:37:00 -0500 
    In 1938, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather went on vacation and filmed a few minutes of footage of his Polish hometown. Seventy years later, his grandson set out to find the people who appeared in that film.

Soldiers, Spies, Cyberwarriors: '@War' In The Internet Age 
  Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:04:00 -0500 
    "One if by land, two if by sea" wouldn't work these days — not when your adversary can knock out your power grid with an team of cyberforces. Today's armies have a new front to monitor.

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled 
  Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:48:08 -0500 
    Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.

A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites 
  Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:48:00 -0500 
    Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

Roger Moore: The Man With The Golden Life 
  Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:24:00 -0500 
    Sir Roger Moore has played James Bond more than any other actor; his new memoir, One Lucky Bastard, chronicles a life spent working and laughing with stars — and learning how to kiss from Lana Turner.

Why Do We Create Stereotypes? 
  Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:45:24 -0500 
    Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying 
  Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:20:00 -0500 
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's new book centers on Frank Bascombe, a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's.
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