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'The Wrestler' Grapples With Myth, Power And Love

Poet Kazim Ali found inspiration in an ancient Greek mythological story about a wrestling bout between Meleager and Atalanta. In Ali's poem, a wrestler finds strength in his breath and body in movement with another.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 2

Amelia Earhart and A Small Hope.

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Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, novelist, playwright, essayist and social commentator, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. Author Chris Bram remembers his singular personality and enormous social, literary and political impact.
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'Sweet Child O' Mine,' Julia Child Mash-Up Honors America's First Top Chef

An 80s hairband and American cooking doyenne Julia Child are an unlikely combo, and yet, in this tribute video mash-up by our colleagues at WGBH, it works. Child would have turned 100 on August 15.
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Gore Vidal, American Writer And Cultural Critic, Dies

Vidal wrote more than two-dozen novels and an equal number of nonfiction books in a career that spanned six decades. He was also a screenwriter, playwright and political activist, and his outspoken views made him a favorite on television talk shows. Vidal, 86, died Tuesday at home in the Hollywood Hills.
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'Once More,' Passing The Torch To One And All

Slovenian poet Ales Steger says that the Olympics are for everyone, even "bankers with pacemakers" to "naked sumo wrestlers." The poem is a playful, "lightly humorous call to action," says Brian Henry, Steger's award-winning translator.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 1

Going small, horrific retail, and powerful playwrights.

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Grotesque Horror Through A Kid-Sized Window

Stephen King's It showed Erin Morgenstern that the demons and ghouls of childhood stories don't hit the road just because you grow up. Have you read something that both scared and enticed you? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Who Makes Stuff Up, And Why They Do It

Jonah Lehrer lost his job at the respected New Yorker magazine after admitting that he fabricated quotes by Bob Dylan in his book. He joins a long list of writers, journalists, bloggers and scientists who've crossed the line from fact into fiction.

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