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The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.
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Denmark Martyr Museum Draws Controversy For Including Terrorists In Exhibit

"The Martyr Museum" features historic heroes like Joan of Arc alongside some perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks. The idea is to try to understand what drives some to give their life to a cause.
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Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Well, He Doesn't Have To Be

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived? In Ryan North's new "chooseable-path adventure" Romeo and/or Juliet, you can make sure the two never meet — or have them take over Verona in giant robot suits.
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Annie Proulx's Bloody New Novel 'Barkskins' Is About More Than Deforestation

Barkskins follows two loggers' stories over three centuries. Proulx says the forest is the hero of her book, but it's also "one facet of larger things, like climate change and the melting of the ice."
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'Genius' Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship

A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius "isn't quite ingenious enough."
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Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.
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On Muhammad Ali's Complicated Contradictions, And How He Changed Boxing

"Ali was a black man who was not concerned with what white America thought of him."
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'O.J. Simpson: Made In America' Dives Deep Into Life Of Fallen Football Hero

Ezra Edelman's seven-and-a-half hour documentary for ESPN, O.J. Simpson: Made in America, is really several documentaries in one. It's the story of Simpson's rise as a football icon and black celebrity, and his downfall as a murder suspect in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. But it's also the story of race in America, and what happens when celebrity culture meets the justice system.
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In HBO's 'Silicon Valley,' The Comedy Is Inspired By Real-Life Tech Culture

Creator Mike Judge, co-showrunner Alec Berg and actor Thomas Middleditch discuss their series, Silicon Valley. Berg, who has family working in tech, says he has "nerd cred" in his bones.
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Beyond Bison Burgers: Around Yellowstone, The National Mammal Is Local Cuisine

Bison sliders, bison bratwurst, hot-off-the-grill bison ribeye — around Jackson, Wyo., it's not hard to find this shaggy beast's meat on menus. (Don't worry: It's all farm-raised.)

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