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A Sweet And Sour History Of Our Obsession With Candy

You may blame a love of Snickers for those too-tight jeans, but in the early 20th century, the accusations were more serious: Candy was blamed for moral and physical decay. In Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Samira Kawash traces our love/hate relationship with sweets.
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Drawing Rock 'N' Roll And Sympathy Into Frankenstein's World

In his graphic novel adaptation of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, illustrator Gris Grimly says he wants to make the story more accessible. "The first time I tried to read Frankenstein, I didn't get through it," he says.
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Divide By D'oh! The 'Mathematical Secrets' Of The Simpsons

Author Simon Singh's new book teases out the mathematical references hidden in The Simpsons. Singh tells NPR's Scott Simon that the show's writing team includes several trained mathematicians — and that the logical bends and breaks of writing comedy can be very appealing to the mathematically minded.
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Poetry 'On Fire' Gets Author Longlisted For Book Award

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. The new collection by Brenda Hillman has been longlisted for the National Book Award.
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Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

A proposed law in France prevents online booksellers like Amazon from pricing books at deep discounts. It's the French government's latest effort to protect the country's many independent bookshops.
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Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal

The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a seventh-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend. His stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.
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Bookend: Tom Monteleone Finds Joy In Writing Horror

In our monthly look at the local literary scene, we talk with horror writer Tom Monteleone.

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‘Ghosts of Georgetown’ Chases Three Centuries Of Ghosts

We'll take a spirit-rich stroll through Georgetown with the author of a new book about the neighborhood's alleged apparitions.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Haunted D.C.

We'll gear up for some ghost hunting as we bring you our annual celebration of the region's creepiest and spookiest.

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Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden

From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.

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