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Around the Nation
9:52 am
Thu August 23, 2012

From Politics To Pestilence: Everything Is Earlier

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Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 4:17 pm

Leaves are falling in the summertime. School starts in early August in many places. Politicos are already talking about the presidential election — of 2016.

Everything is happening earlier.

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New In Paperback
7:03 am
Thu August 23, 2012

New In Paperback Aug. 20-26

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 8:31 pm

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Robert Harris, Jennifer DuBois, Tony Horwitz, Thomas Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum and Adam Gopnik.



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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu August 23, 2012

A Lyrical Portrait Of Life And Death In The Orchard

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 7:54 am

Amanda Coplin grew up in the apple-growing Wenatchee Valley, on the sunny side of Washington state's Cascade range, surrounded by her grandfather's orchards. Her glorious first novel, inspired by family history, takes you back to the days when you could buy what are now considered heirloom apples — Arkansas Blacks and Rhode Island Greenings — from the man who grew them, from bushel baskets lugged into town by mule-drawn wagon. Seattle and Tacoma were mere villages, and train travel was the new-tech way to go.

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Movies
3:16 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On

Blessed with athleticism and skill, actor-dancer Gene Kelly always managed to look like a regular guy having a lot of fun dancing.
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Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 1:01 pm

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Interviews
1:17 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, His Love Of Old Films

Bill Hader was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Stefon on Saturday Night Live.
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Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 4:12 pm

Comedian Bill Hader is adept onstage and doing live performances. But he's scared to death of standup.

He says he remembers watching Chris Rock's 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain, and thinking, "I don't know how people do that."

"I need a character," Hader tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I need people out there with me."

So Hader has stuck with sketch comedy — where he has been wildly successful.

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Monkey See
12:29 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

IM, IM, IM Superman: Morning-After Texts Between Superman, Wonder Woman

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Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:04 pm

Next week, in Justice League #12, The Man of Steel and the Amazing Amazon will ... get their respective super-powered grooves on, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Dance
11:47 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Tango Festival Lures Thousands To Buenos Aires

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 12:03 pm

Tango fans are flocking to the Buenos Aires Tango Festival & World Cup in Argentina. The tango is seen as a romantic and seductive dance, but you may not know that the dance may have gotten its start in brothels. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with dance instructor Daniela Borgialli. She's participating in the dance competition.

First Reads
7:03 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Exclusive First Read: Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue'

Michael Chabon lives in Berkeley with his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
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Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:46 pm

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Michael Chabon sets his sprawling new novel, Telegraph Avenue, in his adopted home of Berkeley, Calif., and its grittier southern neighbor, Oakland. With its multiracial, multigenerational cast of jazz musicians, former blaxploitation stars, midwives, gay teens and Black Panthers-turned-politicians, the book both celebrates and gently sends up the countercultural norms and complex racial politics of East Bay life.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed August 22, 2012

A Bartender's 'Tale' In Nostalgic Soft-Focus

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:46 am

At the moment Rusty, the young protagonist of The Bartender's Tale, is rescued from his Aunt Marge's house in Phoenix, author Ivan Doig cranks into motion a dense valentine of a novel about a father and a small town at the start of the 1960s. Rusty's liberator is also his father, Tom Harry, the august bartender and proprietor of the Medicine Lodge bar in Gros Ventre, Mont. Tom is the archetypical flinty Western bartender, slinging beers and shots of wisdom cultivated from a less than perfect life.

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Kitchen Window
2:35 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Pies Of Late Summer

Emily Hilliard for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:50 am

My dad used to sing to me an old folk song before I went to sleep. One of my favorite verses went:

Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall.

If I can't have the one I love, I won't have none at all.

I still like that lyric for its simplicity and its assertion of seasonal eating at a time when that was unquestioned. You ate fresh apples in the fall (and probably storage apples through the winter) and peaches all summer. Love could be fleeting and unreliable, but autumn apples and summer peaches would always be there.

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