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Book News: Caro Wins His Third National Book Critics Circle Award

Also: the virtues of fan fiction; a backlash against Vladimir Nabokov in his native Russia; Barnes & Noble confirms bad news.
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With Audubon's Help, Beat-Up Kid Is 'Okay For Now'

Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has the weight of the world upon him — no friends, an alcoholic father and a brother who has just been injured in Vietnam. But the protagonist of this NPR Backseat Book Club book finds solace in an unlikely place — the pages of Audubon's Birds of America.
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A Case For Conciseness: Short Poems That Speak Volumes

Is it possible to get a message across in under ten words? Some of the best poets have done it in just three. In a piece for The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog, poet and novelist Brad Leithauser makes the case for brevity. He explains why short poems can make such big impressions.
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Creating A Permanent Phillips Collection Exhibit Entirely From Beeswax

This weekend the Phillips Collection introduces the Laib Wax Room, its first permanent installation in more than sixty years.
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'The Gatekeepers' Offer Candid Assessment Of Israel's Security

Director Dror Moreh interviews six former heads of the Israel's Shin Bet security service in his Oscar-nominated documentary. The men look back on their work and conclude that continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinians will not resolve the conflict.
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Dorothea Lange's 'Migrant Mother' Inspires The Story Of 'Mary Coin'

Marisa Silver's new novel imagines the meeting of a Depression-era photographer and her now-iconic subject. Giving the characters different names but similar stories to their real-life counterparts, Silver tackles big questions about the morality of art.
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Dictionary Of Idioms Gets Everybody On The Same Page

From "dead cat bounce," which originated in the 1980s, to "cold fish," which was coined by Shakespeare, The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms explores the origins of more than 10,000 nonliteral sayings.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 28

A coming-of-age story hits the stage on the last day of Black History Month, and two art exhibits show the vast uses for photography.

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Book News: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Author Says Next Book Will Be Tamer

Also: DC Comics kills off Batman's legendary sidekick; Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly writing a memoir; and banned performance enhancing drugs in literary competitions.

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