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Gore Vidal, American Writer And Cultural Critic, Dies

Vidal wrote more than two-dozen novels and an equal number of nonfiction books in a career that spanned six decades. He was also a screenwriter, playwright and political activist, and his outspoken views made him a favorite on television talk shows. Vidal, 86, died Tuesday at home in the Hollywood Hills.
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'Once More,' Passing The Torch To One And All

Slovenian poet Ales Steger says that the Olympics are for everyone, even "bankers with pacemakers" to "naked sumo wrestlers." The poem is a playful, "lightly humorous call to action," says Brian Henry, Steger's award-winning translator.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 1

Going small, horrific retail, and powerful playwrights.

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Grotesque Horror Through A Kid-Sized Window

Stephen King's It showed Erin Morgenstern that the demons and ghouls of childhood stories don't hit the road just because you grow up. Have you read something that both scared and enticed you? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Who Makes Stuff Up, And Why They Do It

Jonah Lehrer lost his job at the respected New Yorker magazine after admitting that he fabricated quotes by Bob Dylan in his book. He joins a long list of writers, journalists, bloggers and scientists who've crossed the line from fact into fiction.
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Facing The Fiscal Cliff: Congress' Next Showdown

In December, Congress is poised for another showdown on the deficit and taxes, in what is now being called the fiscal cliff. In his new book Red Ink, David Wessel explains how the federal budget got to the point where it is today — and where to go from here.
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'Olimpicamente': In Praise Of Feistiness And Big Feet

Poet Monica de la Torre takes inspiration from Mexican taekwondo champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza. "I am dumbfounded and positively moved by Maria del Rosario's improbable story," the poet says.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 31

Charlotte Dumas in Northwest and bachata in Bethesda.

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Fresh Air Remembers Actress Lupe Ontiveros

Lupe Ontiveros, known for her role in the 1997 film Selena, died Thursday at the age of 69. Fresh Air remembers the Latina actress, who was often called on to play the role of the maid, with excerpts from a 2002 interview.

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