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Tourism Today: Trample, Disrupt and Destroy

When people think of potentially destructive global businesses, tourism may not come to mind. But Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, says the industry is spoiling the landscape and the economic future of many vulnerable nations.
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Book News: Feminist Icon Mary Thom Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Also: Photographing the library at Guantanamo Bay; authors annotating their own work; and the best books coming out this week.
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Dilruba Ahmed: An Outsider Turns To Poetry

For National Poetry Month, Bangladeshi-American poet Dilruba Ahmed talks about how her heritage and her experience of being an outsider in small rural towns pushed her toward writing poetry.
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Iran's Political Scene Is Sketchy For Cartoonists

Political cartoons have a long history in Iran and give voice to critics of the authoritarian regime. Lately cartoonists have been increasingly persecuted for their work. A recent book, Sketches of Iran, pairs 40 political essays with cartoons depicting life in Iran today.
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'Country Girl' Edna O'Brien On A Lifetime Of Lit, Loneliness And Love

The Irish writer scandalized audiences with her 1960 novel, The Country Girls. Half a century later, she looks back on her childhood in a small village, her fame and its accessories and above all, her ceaseless drive to write.
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Siblings, Seafarers And 'Secrets' In Moviemaker's Novel

Screenwriter, director and producer Chris Columbus has teamed up with young adult novelist Ned Vizzini to write a book about the adventures of Cordelia, Brendan and Eleanor Walker. In House of Secrets, the three siblings, ages 8 to 15, find themselves in a fantastic world after a family move.
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Through Art And Industry, Chicago Shaped America

Blues, jazz and gospel; a civil rights movement that began with the Emmett Till case; modern glass and steel buildings that dared the sky. In Third Coast, Thomas Dyja writes that "the most profound aspects of American Modernity grew up out of the flat, prairie land next to Lake Michigan."
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OED Editor Retires As Only Seventh Person To Hold The Job

After more than 35 years at the Oxford English Dictionary, chief editor John Simpson has announced his retirement. He is only the seventh editor of the dictionary since the project's beginning in 1879. He speaks with Robert Siegel about his tenure and what he sees for the future of the OED.

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