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 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.
This week on The Reading Life: Sally Kenney, the Newcomb College Endowed Chair, Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute, professor of political science at Tulane University, and the author of Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.
In just a few weeks, we will mark the seventh anniversary of one of the country's deadliest hurricanes. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the devastating damage and loss of life caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — the storm that would follow.
This week on The Reading Life: Daniel Wolff, author of The Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, and Tom Wooten, author of We Shall Not be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina.
And we'll celebrate Julia Child's 100th birthday in books!
Today on Inside the Arts we'll visit with playwright Jim Fitzmorris as he steps into the boxing ring with the Governor... we'll peek inside the acclaimed new biography by New Orleans writer Ben Sandmel, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans... we'll tap into the demand for specialty cocktails, and give you tips on how to perfect your signature voice.
Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
This week on The Reading Life, Kiini Ibura Salaam, whose new collection of stories is called Ancient, Ancient. And North Shore novelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, author of Chasing the Wind. Susan also reviews a new Katrina-set novel.