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The 'Future' Of Movies? Critic Says It's Not So Bright

In his new book, New Yorker film critic David Denby bemoans what digital and global filmmaking has done to the industry. "[Movies] have to play in Bangkok and Bangalore ... as well as Bangor, Maine," he says. "The local flavor has gone out of them."
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Actor Robby Benson Is 'Not Dead ... Yet!'

The former teen heartthrob is best known for his roles in such films as Ode To Billy Joe, Ice Castles, and The Chosen. But he's also survived four open heart surgeries. His journey is the subject of his new memoir, I'm Not Dead ...Yet!
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Online And In The Open: Transparent Novel Writing

Silvia Hartmann is writing a novel in Google Docs so that readers can see her story appear line by line, edit by edit. Host Scott Simon talks with writer Silvia Hartmann about her progress.
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'Instant' Recounts The Magic Of Polaroids

Christopher Bonanos, an editor at New York Magazine, has written a history of Polaroid, called Instant.Host Scott Simon talks to Bonanos about his new book, in which he calls Polaroid the Apple of its day.
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'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings

The new trove of recordings covers everything from the Cold War to civil rights to Vietnam to the U.S. ice hockey team. Listening In, a new book and CD set, includes more than 260 hours of transcribed conversations and 2.5 hours of audio from inside the Kennedy White House.
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NewsPoet: Philip Schultz Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Philip Schultz. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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Put Down Your E-Reader: This Book Is Better In Print

It's the era of the e-reader, and book lovers are trying to get used to reading on the screen. But every now and then, a book comes along that just seems to insist on being physical. The publishers of a richly illustrated retelling of Homer's Odyssey say not all books are meant to be e-books
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Rowling Draws On Personal Experience In 'Vacancy'

Steve Inskeep talks to author J.K. Rowling in the second part of the interview on Morning Edition looking at her new novel The Casual Vacancy. The character of Krystal, a troubled teenager, grows out of Rowling's observations as a teacher.

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