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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
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100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism

Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.
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13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.
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Gene Weingarten & Eric Shansby on Comedy and Collaboration

Gene Weingarten and Eric Shansby partner each week on the nationally syndicated "Below the Beltway" feature, written by the former and illustrated by the latter. Now, they're teaming up on a children's book 'Me & Dog' about a kid named Sid and his adoring dog, Murphy.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.
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In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.
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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.
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In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.
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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.
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Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness'

One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.

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