From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.
Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies — publishers, movie studios and the like — can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.
Charles Krauthammer once was a psychiatrist and a self-described "Great Society liberal." Now he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally syndicated conservative columnist. His new book, Things That Matter, presents a selection of his writings from three decades spent observing politics and culture.
Last week, Cara Tabachnick got a text from her father: "Our building got Banksied and there's a crowd gathering outside. What do we do?" British graffiti artist Banksy chose their wall as a canvas. Now, the Tabachnicks are fending off vandals and facing big decisions.
The folks behind Food Day have devised a quiz to gauge your knowledge of all things food — from farm to table. Even if you think you know a lot about food and sustainability, there are a few tricks here that might trip you up.
The former congressman's exploits have been turned into an off-off-Broadway play, The Weiner Monologues.The production uses only found text — articles, talk-show jokes, Weiner's own words, and so on — in its script.
Costumes made of real food have long provoked reactions of both delight and horror. Many have sparked discussions about race, hunger, vegetarianism, commercialism, sexuality, morality and the ever-popular female body image. Here are a few of the more memorable examples.
It was 75 years ago that Orson Welles produced one of the most famous broadcasts in radio history: "War of the Worlds." But much of the mythology now associated with the original broadcast -- stories of miscarriages and suicides -- may be as fictional as the play's alien invasion storyline. Radio historian Neil Verma joins Kojo to explore what really happened, as well as the craft behind the radio play itself
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