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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

1 hour 11 min ago

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

1 hour 11 min ago

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

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Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

2 hours 29 min ago

In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

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Ed Norton On 'Birdman,' Wes Anderson And Why $40 Makes Him Proud

2 hours 45 min ago

Making Birdman "was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I've had," Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson's films are deep and getting royalties for the music in Death to Smoochy.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

5 hours 47 min ago

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

7 hours 31 min ago

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions

8 hours 28 min ago

Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

10 hours 35 min ago

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

13 hours 3 min ago

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Oscar De La Renta Was About Making Women Look And Feel Their Best

13 hours 3 min ago

His designs weren't experimental, says fashion critic Robin Givhan, but their popularity proved that there's still a place in our culture for fashion rooted in beauty, propriety and decorum.

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From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

October 20, 2014 - 4:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

October 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson when he was quietly sitting in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to affect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

October 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton

October 20, 2014 - 10:30am

The Nobel laureate taught at Princeton University for 17 years. Now, her papers — some 180 linear feet of them — are returning to be housed in the school's library. Also: a roundup of new releases.

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There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure

October 20, 2014 - 4:23am

Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

October 20, 2014 - 4:23am

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

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Starring In 'Fury': The Horrors That People Are Capable Of In War

October 20, 2014 - 4:23am

The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

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Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

October 19, 2014 - 7:01pm

In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.

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From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis' 'Ridiculous, Ridiculous' Break

October 19, 2014 - 5:32pm

Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

October 19, 2014 - 5:24pm

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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