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The Shifting Culture of American Fiction with Chad Harbach

For decades, New York City stood at the center of America's literary universe. But the explosive growth of Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing is shifting the focus of literature along with what it means to be a professional writer and creating new literary centers of gravity in the process. We consider these dueling - and overlapping - cultures and find out what the changes mean for readers.

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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