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Book News: Bush Library Exhibit Puts You In President's Shoes

Also: Bret Easton Ellis was asked not to attend GLAAD awards; authors who used amphetamines to write; and Isabel Allende's magical realism critiqued.
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Newspaper Takes The Pulse Of San Diego Coffee Culture

The Espresso, a San Diego newspaper for "cafe society," documents the local coffee shop scene with juicy vignettes in a gossip column. Publisher John Rippo says he's inspired by European periodicals written for the cafe intelligentsia.
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'Rectify': An Ex-Con Navigates The World Outside

A new six-episode drama for the Sundance Channel follows a man who, after 19 years in prison, is exonerated by DNA evidence and returns to his family. Critic David Bianculli says it's a unique show, and a memorable one.
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Tom Cruise's Latest Headed For 'Oblivion'

Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure, starring Tom Cruise, is the most incoherent piece of storytelling since John Travolta's Battlefield Earth. It had critic David Edelstein crying, "What? What?" over the din of the explosions.
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Professor Offers Ode To Boston

Tell Me More is celebrating National Poetry Month with the series 'Muses and Metaphor.' Listeners are sending their own poems via Twitter. Today's poetic tweet comes from Luisa Igloria. She teaches creative writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
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Teaching Shakespeare In A Maximum Security Prison

Many people thought Laura Bates was out of her mind when she offered to teach Shakespeare in the maximum security wing of an Indiana prison. But the prisoners found a deep connection with the playwright's words. Laura Bates talks about her experience in her new book Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Book News: E.L. Konigsburg, 'Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' Author, Dies

Also: A rare recording of Flannery O'Connor speaking on "The Grotesque in Southern Literature," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes a poem; and the best books coming out this week.
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Video-Streaming Firms Attract Customers With Exclusive Shows

Subscription services — like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus — attract customers with two kinds of programming. They all have a lot of movies and TV shows, but they have a few things that you can't see anywhere else. For example, the fight among video- streaming services for Downtown Abbey has been intense.
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'Humanity' May Get Second Chance In Jean Thompson's New Novel

Jean Thompson's The Humanity Project follows the fortunes of a number of hard-luck people — and looks at the bizarre, sad and funny ways we fail to help others.

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