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From Boos To Bravos: A Recap Of Cannes

Fresh Air's critic at large John Powers returns from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with tales of the good, the bad, and the parties. He says Blue Is the Warmest Color was "the film of the festival" while Only God Forgives was the biggest disappointment.
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For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night'

In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.
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Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

Also: The next Bridget Jones book; and how novelist Donna Tartt came to be missing part of her ear.
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Novel Examines Afghanistan War From A Pakistani Perspective

Nadeem Aslam's The Blind Man's Garden explores the consequences of Sept. 11 through the story of two young brothers who go to Afghanistan in late 2001 to help wounded civilians. Aslam says he wrote the book over four and a half years, part of which was spent in total isolation.
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Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention

Dissatisfied with the scope and costs of the biggest fan convention in the country, one fan started a new gathering of her own, and she quickly brought some big names in to help out.
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Proposal To Sell Detroit's Art To Save The City Draws Outrage

Detroit's emergency financial manager is considering selling artwork from The Detroit Institute of Arts to help raise money for the city's debt. Robert Siegel talks to John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press for more.
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What Happens To Spelling Bee Kids? Years Later, The Prize Is Perspective

For the middle schoolers competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, the experience will leave lasting memories. NPR tracked down former top spellers to see how they're faring, decades after their early successes.
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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. The book, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, is part horror novel and part supernatural thriller. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

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