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Is The United States A 'Dispensable Nation'?

In his new book, The Dispensable Nation, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr explores the state of U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and beyond. Nasr says the U.S. "is happy ... to play a less important role, to no longer be the stabilizer."
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Diverse List Of Future British Literary Stars In Latest 'Granta'

Granta has published its once-a-decade list of the best young British novelists. It's a hefty volume that's showcased names like Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell in the past. This year's list is impressively diverse — though Granta editor John Freeman says that wasn't intentional.
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Coveted Pulitzer Prizes Announced

The winners of the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes, with awards for journalism, fiction, poetry, drama and music were announced Monday. Among the winners are Adam Johnson for his novel The Orphan Master's Son and The Denver Post for its breaking news coverage of the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in July 2012. Co-host Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's David Folkenflik about the winners.
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Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of 'Oz'

Before the movies, Broadway musicals and Halloween costumes, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a smash hit of a children's book published in 1900. NPR's Backseat Book Club goes back to where the Yellow Brick Road began with children's book historian Michael Patrick Hearn.
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Granta's 'Best Of Young British Novelists' Shows A 'Disunited Kingdom'

Literary magazine Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists" issue reflects the changing face of U.K. literature.
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2013 Pulitzers Honor Sharon Olds, Adam Johnson, New York Times

The new batch of Pulitzer Prize winners has just been announced, with poet Sharon Olds winning for Stag's Leap. novelist Adam Johnson winning the fiction prize for The Orphan Master's Son. In the journalism field, The New York Times took the most honors, winning in four categories, including investigative reporting.
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Book News: Yoko Ono Is Writing A Book Of 'Instructional Poetry'

Also: David Foster Wallace on taxes; Marvel Comics accused of sexism; the best books coming out this week.

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