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Book News: Catton, McBride Featured On Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

September 5, 2014 - 7:10am

Also: finalists for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; the history of creativity.

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Where Have All The Poets Gone?

September 5, 2014 - 7:03am

Critic Juan Vidal recalls the power of protest poetry in days past, and wonders why poets no longer seem to be on the front lines of outrage. Have they stopped speaking, or have we stopped listening?

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Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

September 5, 2014 - 6:38am

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.

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A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

September 5, 2014 - 3:31am

In Gabriel, Edward Hirsch delivers a 78-page elegy to his son. He says turning his memories into poetry "gave me something to do with my grief."

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In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

September 4, 2014 - 4:34pm

Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.

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The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

September 4, 2014 - 4:14pm

With Detroit's bankruptcy trial underway, one point of contention is likely to be the value of the city's art collection. The art market can be unpredictable, and disagreements between appraisers and creditors reflect just how political Detroit's art has become.

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Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

September 4, 2014 - 3:22pm

NPR's Eric Deggans says the comedian was a show business survivor whose tireless work ethic kept her relevant long after other comics would have faded away. She died Thursday at 81.

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In 'The Chair,' Two Filmmakers Make Movies From The Same Script

September 4, 2014 - 1:56pm

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate of NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.

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