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Poet Laureate: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'

This week, the Library of Congress announced that Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard, will be the next poet laureate of the United States. Trethewey, a native of Mississippi, is the first Southern poet laureate since 1986.
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Ray Bradbury: 'It's Lack That Gives Us Inspiration'

"I'm never going to go to Mars but I've helped inspire ... the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars," Bradbury told Terry Gross in 1988. The science-fiction writer died Tuesday at the age of 91.
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Celebrating Two Centuries Of Dickens

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this year, and while he is perhaps best known for his more popular novels, the man and his work went much deeper than that.

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Growing Economic Inequality 'Endangers Our Future'

In The Price of Inequality, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that widely unequal societies don't function effectively or have stable economies. Even the rich will pay a steep price if economic inequalities continue to worsen, he says.
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The Marriage Is The Real Mystery In 'Gone Girl'

Gillian Flynn's third novel begins on the morning of Nick and Amy Dunne's wedding anniversary, when Amy disappears and Nick becomes the No. 1 suspect. But the central question isn't what happened to Amy — it's what happened to her marriage.
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Kim Barnes: "In the Kingdom of Men"

A new novel follows a young woman from the farmlands of Oklahoma to an oil compound in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. The search for freedom amid repression.

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The 'Truth' About Why We Lie, Cheat And Steal

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely has found that very few people lie a lot, but a lot of people lie a little. He talks about his findings in his new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie To Everyone — Especially Ourselves.

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