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Spies And Novelists Both 'Accomplished Liars,' Says New Bond Author

Acclaimed British author William Boyd was tapped last year to write the latest James Bond novel. The new book, called Solo, takes 007 on his first trip to Africa. Boyd says the Bond of the novels is quite different from the Bond on the screen — and that he sees a definite overlap between spies and novelists.
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At 300, Encyclopedia Pioneer May Yet Get A Hero's Burial

French philosopher Denis Diderot was the driving force behind one of the first compendiums of human knowledge, but his contributions have been largely lost to history. Now, the anniversary of his birth has prompted calls to reinter his remains in Paris' Pantheon, alongside the likes of Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
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40 Years Ago, 'Fear Of Flying' Showed Women Like Sex, Too

Back in 1973, Erica Jong was tired of the silent, seething housewife, so she introduced a new kind of female protagonist: one who loved sex and wasn't ashamed to admit it. Jong joins NPR's Susan Stamberg to talk about hook-ups, Fifty Shades of Gray, and of course, the "zipless f - - - ."
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Not My Job: Shirley Jones Gets Quizzed On Partridge Shooting

We've invited the matriarch of The Partridge Family to play a game called: "Look, it's the partridge family! GET THEM!" Three questions about the sport of partridge shooting.
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Sandra Boynton: "Frog Trouble"

Beloved children's author, illustrator and songwriter Sandra Boynton has gone country in her latest album, "Frog Trouble," with a roster of big-name stars lending their talents.

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Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
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New E-Book Lending Service Aims To Be Netflix For Books

The website Scribd, online for several years now as a document storehouse, is beginning an e-book subscription service that will offer unlimited e-books for a flat monthly fee. Lynn Neary reports that Scribd is working with HarperCollins, which is the first major American publisher to take part in this kind of subscription service.
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Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of 'Gravity'

For her new film, the actress submitted to a singularly intense shooting regimen to achieve the movie's weightless visuals. She talked with NPR's Melissa Block about the filming process, which kept her alone inside a box for long stretches, listening to strange music and sounds.
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Meat-Drenched Oktoberfest Warms To Vegans

With more Germans going vegan and vegetarian, the Munich festival wants to accommodate them. Restaurants say their vegan options at this year's festival are selling well.
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Houston, We Have A Space Flick: A Sentimental Mission In Zero 'Gravity'

Director Alfonso Cuaron puts you in orbit with novice astronaut Sandra Bullock and veteran-on-his-last-mission George Clooney as their space shuttle gets demolished by debris from an exploded Soviet satellite. Critic David Edelstein says that you should watch this movie on the biggest screen you can find.

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