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Embracing The Quirkiness Of Djuna Barnes

When Djuna Barnes was in her early 20s, she walked into the offices of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and announced: "I can draw, I can write, you'd be foolish not to hire me." The paper did. Nearly 30 years after her death, a collection of her writings and illustrations is on display at the Brooklyln Museum.
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Rediscovering A Forgotten Boxer's 'Longest Fight'

Years before Jack Johnson and decades before Muhammad Ali, a man named Joe Gans was blazing trails as the first African-American boxing champion. Gans is mostly forgotten now, but a new book uncovers the story of his epic 42-round title defense against a white boxer in 1906.
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A Shriver Learns It's Harder To Be Good Than Great

Great people do great things, says author Mark Shriver, but they're often not good people. Shriver's new memoir of his father, R. Sargent Shriver, is a loving look at a man he says managed to be both great and good.
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Explaining Muppet Theory: Are You An Ernie Or A Bert?

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick believes that all relationships can be defined by the difference between Chaos Muppets and Order Muppets.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Fermenting, Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers' new book I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me details the things Rivers can't stand. And self-described "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz's new book, The Art of Fermentation, explores the ancient culinary art form.
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Novelist John Irving Plays Not My Job

We invite the author of The World According to Garp to answer three questions about the classic trail mix known as gorp. Irving has just published a new novel called In One Person.
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Beauty At The Beach Takes A Retro Turn

The vintage trend inspired by Mad Men features high-waisted bikini bottoms, ruffles and halters. But these suits are mostly for lounging, not laps in the pool.

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