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In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons. But in the brave new world of e-books, where covers are often shrunk to thumbnail sketches on a screen, will beautifully designed covers become a dying art?
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The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today

In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern chose the young senator as his running mate. Just 18 days later, Eagleton was forced to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2s.
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Randy Cohen: "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything"

The original writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine reflects on recurring themes during the 12 years he wrote the column.

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Reviews: 'The Fallen Angel' And 'A Foreign Country'

Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the latest Daniel Silva novel, The Fallen Angel, and a new one by British spy writer Charles Cumming called A Foreign Country are just for reading this summer. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.
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Living The 'Cat Life' In Brazil

Brazilian Clarah Averbuck takes the girl meets boy story to a whole new place.
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Fresh Air Remembers Writer And Critic Gore Vidal

We listen back to excerpts of interviews with the acerbic writer, who died Tuesday at 86. Vidal authored the historical novels Burr and Lincoln, wrote plays and provocative essays, ran for office twice — and lost — and frequently appeared on TV talk shows.
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Crum: Lee Maynard's 'Love Letter' To His Hometown

The Scummers is the last installment in Maynard's Crum trilogy. Maynard based Crum, his 1988 semi-autobiographical novel, on his small, poor West Virginia hometown. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. Maynard spoke with Terry Gross in 2003.
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Living The 'Cat Life' In Brazil

Brazil's economy is fast developing and it will garner more attention as it gears up to host the next summer Olympics in 2016. As part of Tell Me More's series looking at fiction from countries on the rise in the global arena, host Michel Martin speaks with Brazilian author Clarah Averbuck. She's the author of "Cat Life."

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