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Is The United States A 'Dispensable Nation'?

In his new book, The Dispensable Nation, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr explores the state of U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and beyond. Nasr says the U.S. "is happy ... to play a less important role, to no longer be the stabilizer."
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Diverse List Of Future British Literary Stars In Latest 'Granta'

Granta has published its once-a-decade list of the best young British novelists. It's a hefty volume that's showcased names like Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell in the past. This year's list is impressively diverse — though Granta editor John Freeman says that wasn't intentional.
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Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of 'Oz'

Before the movies, Broadway musicals and Halloween costumes, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a smash hit of a children's book published in 1900. NPR's Backseat Book Club goes back to where the Yellow Brick Road began with children's book historian Michael Patrick Hearn.
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On The Big Screen, The Tax Guy Can Be Your Buddy

On Tax Day 2013, NPR's Bob Mondello surveys the cinematic landscape for films that tackle that most reliable of requirements: the paying and collecting of taxes. One surprising discovery: Hollywood doesn't always make the IRS the heavy.
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Granta's 'Best Of Young British Novelists' Shows A 'Disunited Kingdom'

Literary magazine Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists" issue reflects the changing face of U.K. literature.
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2013 Pulitzers Honor Sharon Olds, Adam Johnson, New York Times

The new batch of Pulitzer Prize winners has just been announced, with poet Sharon Olds winning for Stag's Leap. novelist Adam Johnson winning the fiction prize for The Orphan Master's Son. In the journalism field, The New York Times took the most honors, winning in four categories, including investigative reporting.
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Poet Elizabeth Alexander Muses About Spring

Tell Me More is celebrating National Poetry Month with the 'Muses and Metaphor' series, where listeners submit their own poems via Twitter. Today's poem comes from renowned poet Elizabeth Alexander, who tweeted the poem First House Fly.
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Book News: Yoko Ono Is Writing A Book Of 'Instructional Poetry'

Also: David Foster Wallace on taxes; Marvel Comics accused of sexism; the best books coming out this week.
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Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back

In his memoir The Friedkin Connection, the legendary director of films like The Exorcist and The French Connection recounts his journey from a poor Chicago neighborhood to the apex of Hollywood success.

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