If you're a horror fan, you're probably familiar with the trope of the demon child — you know, the sweet little kid who undergoes a horrible transformation and terrorizes everyone in his or her path (or is just born evil, like Rosemary's titular baby).
This week on The Reading Life: Dr. Michael Sartisky, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and editor, with J. Richard Gruber and John Kemp, of the gorgeous new book, A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.
Then we talk with poet Carolyn Hembree, whose new collection is called Skinny.
Memphis has been a music town since anyone can remember, and it's had places to record that music since there have been records. Some of its studios — Sun, Stax and Hi — are well-known, but American Studios produced its share of hits, and yet it remains obscure. But that's all likely to change with Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios, both a book and a CD out now.
The Real Thing: A model poses on Friday at the Kate Spade show during New York Fashion Week. In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman argue that copying major designers is good both for the industry and for consumers.
During New York Fashion Week, designers will present looks that you might find in a department store next spring ... or, as knockoffs at Forever 21. That's because copying fashion designs is perfectly legal — and that's a good thing, if you ask Kal Raustiala.
Raustiala is the co-author of a new book called The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation. He talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about who copies fashion designs, why it's legal and how copying ultimately benefits the consumer and the industry.
Michael Chabon's books include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Manhood for Amateurs. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Michael Chabon's latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, is named after the famed road between Oakland and Berkeley in California.
In the book, that's also where two couples — Nat and Aviva, who are white, and Archy and Gwen, who are black — are struggling to get by. The two men are friends, partners in a vinyl record shop. Their wives work together as nurse midwives.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, the characters deal with threats to their work, to their relationships and their very way of being. Chabon delves deeply into issues of art, race and sexuality.
Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new non-fiction investigation of a century-old Louisiana mystery: A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation, by co-authors Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright.