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Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Orwell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.
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Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His 'Lucky Life'

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.
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A Rust Belt Story Retold, Through Portraits Of The Women Who Lived It

LaToya Ruby Frazier's photography tells the story of the black community living in the shadow of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill through portraits of her grandmother, her mother and herself.
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For Artist Elaine De Kooning, Painting Was A Verb, Not A Noun

One of de Kooning's friends once asked her what it was like to work in the shadow of her husband, Willem de Kooning. She replied: "I don't paint in his shadow, I paint in his light.'"
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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.
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Whitney Museum's New Building Opens Doors (And Walls) To Outside World

For decades, the museum was housed in a concrete fortress with few windows. Its new home offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline, but critics say the design draws attention away from the art.
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Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned Thomas The Tank Engine, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.

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Picasso Painting Breaks Record For Most Expensive Artwork Sold At Auction

One of Pablo Picasso's later paintings in his series, "Les Femmes D'Alger" ("Women of Algiers"), was sold for $179.4 million, including the Christie's Auction House fee, at auction on Monday night.
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'Unsettling' Lucille Ball Sculpture Will Move To New Home In N.Y.

The plan gives new life to a statue that gained dubious fame last month, when criticism of the bronze work reached a fever pitch. It's now seen as a part of comedy history.
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Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography

Mann has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. She reflects on her life and work in a new memoir called Hold Still.

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