Annie Leibovitz has shot some of the world's most famous portraits — from John Lennon to President Obama. And yet she risked losing ownership of her works to pay off a loan. That was 2009. Leibovitz says she's learned her lesson and is on better financial footing. She's opened a new exhibit in Russia.
Pedro Almodovar's film The Skin I Live In reunites him with actor Antonio Banderas, who first came to international attention as an obsessive lover in the director's 1987 film Law of Desire. This time, Banderas plays a scientist driven to replace his dead wife with a carbon-based copy.
Pakistan's port city of Karachi is 30 times larger now than it was at the end of World War II. In his first book, Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep explores the violence and vitality of a city experiencing explosive population growth.
Joseph Heller's depictions of war turned America's idea of heroism on its head. The irreverent 1961 novel was based on Heller's own experiences in World War II, but it was the anti-authoritarian generation of the Vietnam era that embraced Catch-22 as its own.
In 2007, artist Lonni Sue Johnson contracted viral encephalitis, leading to severe brain damage and amnesia. But language and crossword puzzles have unlocked Johnson's ability to remember how to play the viola and create simpler, childlike art — and that intrigues scientists at Johns Hopkins University.
The romantic power of words has the uncanny ability to lead us through the aches and pains of growing up. Author Leah Hager Cohen recommends Brian Hall's The Saskiad, a coming-of-age tale with a bookish twist.
Russell Banks' latest is an uneven effort to excavate and redeem the dregs of modern society. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the novel — about porn addiction and sexual predators — is compelling in a low-grade, nightmarish sort of way.
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