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4:21 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Literary Idol Comes To Life in 'Farewell, Dorothy Parker'

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:43 am

What would you do if your literary idol came to life — came into your life — and then you couldn't get rid of her? Violet Epps, heroine of the new novel Farewell, Dorothy Parker discovers being a fan isn't the same as being a roommate when Dorothy Parker's spirit rematerializes from an ancient Algonquin Hotel guestbook — and then follows her home.

Author Ellen Meister tells NPR's Rachel Martin that she first encountered Parker's work as a teenager.

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Books
4:21 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Loving But Leaving A Toxic Mother In 'Without You'

Spiegel & Grau

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 6:03 am

Open the cover of Domenica Ruta's new memoir, With or Without You, and you'll find a quotation from Kurt Vonnegut: "You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do." His quotation foreshadows the woman at the end of this memoir — the one who emerges after a couple-hundred beautifully written, harrowing pages.

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Sunday Puzzle
4:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Rolling R's Into Wise Words

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Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 6:03 am

On-air challenge: You will be given some words starting with the letter R. You name a proverb or saying that contains each one.

Last week's challenge from listener Gary Alvstad of Tustin, Calif.: Name a well-known movie in two words with a total of 13 letters. Each of the two words contains the letter C. Drop both C's. The letters that remain in the second word of the title will be in alphabetical order, and the letters that remain in the first word will be in reverse alphabetical order. What movie is it?

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Music Interviews
4:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

With A Passion For Her Cello, Dom La Nena Debuts Her Vocals

Brazilian cellist and singer Dom La Nena's debut album is titled Ela.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 7:15 am

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Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards
4:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Real-Life Shipwreck Survivor Helped 'Life Of Pi' Get Lost At Sea

Steven Callahan survived for 76 days adrift in an inflatable life raft. This 2002 photo shows Callahan with an improved life raft he designed after his ordeal. While enduring shark attacks, rain and helpless drifting, Callahan dreamed of a better survival vessel. Once he returned to land, he spent almost two decades designing this one, featuring a rigid exterior, a removable canopy and a sail.
Pat Wellenbach Associated Press

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 7:06 am

In Life of Pi, one of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture this year, a boy suffers a shipwreck and is lost at sea. It's a fictional story, of course, based on a novel, but director Ang Lee nevertheless wanted the movie to have depth and realism. But how do you add a realistic edge to someone drifting alone in the sea? For most people, even those in the imaginative business of movie-making, it's hard to picture the perils and isolation of months without rescue.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
4:18 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

These 'Great Tales Of Terror' Live Up To Their Promise

Duncan P Walker iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:40 am

Michael Dirda's latest book is On Conan Doyle.

When I was a boy growing up in the working-class steel town of Lorain, Ohio, I used to ride my beloved Roadmaster bicycle to the branch library. Located in the Plaza Shopping Center, this former storefront was just around the corner from the W.T. Grant's and Merit Shoes. Inside there were perhaps six small tables, a couple of reading chairs, the librarian's checkout desk, and light oak bookshelves along three walls. There can't have been more than one- or two-thousand books.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

NASCAR Crash Sends Car Debris Into The Stands At Daytona

Kyle Larson (32) goes into the catch fence at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Terry Renna AP

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 6:45 am

More than two dozen NASCAR spectators were injured Saturday when a car crashed into the fence and sent car parts hurtling into the stands at Daytona International Speedway, officials said in a news conference. The multi-car accident hit on the last lap of the Nationwide Series opener, a day before the Daytona 500.

The Associated Press reports:

"Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood says, 'We'll be ready to go racing' and is confident the track will be repaired in time Sunday for the Daytona 500."

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Three-Minute Fiction
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Chubby Bunny

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Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 4:09 pm

"Hey mom, it's Kelsey, sorry for calling so late. I'm kinda glad you didn't answer

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Three-Minute Fiction
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Voice Mail Is For Suckers

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Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 4:08 pm

Dude, yeah. It's me. Look, what is the deal? Where are you? You haven't responded to a single email. Everyone is worried, man. We checked your Facebook and you haven't updated your status in a week. A freaking week. You haven't even liked anything. And you like everything. Like. Like. Like. You're kind of obnoxious with the liking, dude. No offense. But nothing. Not even a single I­can­haz­cheeseburger cat. So then we check your Instagram and again, nothing.

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Monkey See
4:17 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Sunday Night: 'Wait Wait' Live On The Red Carpet!

Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 3:03 pm

Join us Sunday night for red carpet commentary from people who can tell the difference between a dress and pants! Wait Wait will be live blogging the Oscars. Find @waitwait on Twitter, where we'll be following the ceremony: #nproscars.

- Oscar's secret is revealed! Gold Spanx.

- Yes, he's wearing Best Supporting Support Hose.

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