It's a tragedy, perhaps, but books do go out of print. Sometimes it's a slow march toward elimination, others pass out of sight before they've had a chance to shine. But reviewer and editor Parul Sehgal recommends five that have come back to life.
Foreign news coverage of China is often deadly serious: corruption, pollution and the like. Then there's the funny and bizarre that often goes viral — like the zoo that swapped a dog for a lion. A number of websites are making these offbeat and satirical tales increasingly available in English.
For Fresh Air's Late Night week, we listen back to a 2008 interview with Seth Meyers, head writer at Saturday Night Live, and the co-anchor of Weekend Update. Meyers will be taking over from Jimmy Fallon on Late Night, now that Fallon is moving to The Tonight Show.A longer version of this interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 29. 2008.
Tarquin Hall's mystery novels, starring the Punjabi detective Vish Puri, are a merry introduction to India's cultural and culinary delights. Puri, who calls himself the subcontinent's "most private investigator," tackles corruption, forbidden love and the clash of science and superstition.
Dumplings are a huge part of Chinese culinary tradition, and restaurants there cater to the nation's obsession with a dazzlingly array of dumpling shapes and fillings, including green frogs stuffed with bullfrog meat and a flock of birds filled with roasted Beijing duck.
The Onion, which turns 25 on Thursday, was founded by two Madison, Wis., college students as a local satirical newspaper "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons," says its editor-in-chief. But the self-proclaimed "America's Finest News Source" became much more than that.
Spas and beauty products have long touted the health benefits of floating in the buoyant Dead Sea waters and slathering its thick black mud on your skin. Now an Israeli company is promoting Dead Sea salt as a healthful gourmet product, in part because of its high mineral content.
In the early 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a controversial study in which participants were led to believe they were administering painful, high-voltage shocks to other subjects. Gina Perry, author of Behind the Shock Machine, says the study has "taken on a life of its own."
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