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Art, Mind And Brain Intersect In Kandel's Vienna

In The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel writes of turn-of-the-century Vienna, where artists mingled with writers, scientists and physicians, and explains how the brain perceives a work of art.
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Harry Crews On Writing And Feeling Like A 'Freak'

Writer Harry Crews had a hard life and didn't make it any easier for the characters in his novels. He died Wednesday at age 76. Fresh Air remembers the Southern novelist with excerpts from a 1988 interview.
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The Art Of The Everyday: The Alchemy Of Anne Tyler

In her first broadcast interview in decades, novelist Anne Tyler introduces us to her new book, The Beginner's Goodbye; her Baltimore; and her definition of heaven.
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Review: 'Running The Rift'

A new novel from Naomi Benaron tells the compelling of a long distance runner from Rwanda who is struggling to reach the Olympics as his country suffers dreadful ethnic violence. Alan Cheuse who teaches writing at George Mason University, has a review.
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'Escape From Camp 14': Inside North Korea's Gulag

Shin Dong-hyuk is the only person known to have been born in North Korea's prison camps and gotten out alive. Journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin's daring escape.
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'Triggered': Anxiety And The Doubting Disorder

In his memoir Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Fletcher Wortmann reveals the overwhelming anxieties he faces and how he gradually learned to cope with what some call the "doubting disorder."
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Love Isn't All You Need: 3 Relationship Building Reads

Love is messy and complicated. But author and psychologist Harriet Lerner recommends three books that can help. They offer advice for keeping a relationship healthy, thoughtful and mature. Is there a book that has helped your relationship? Tell us about it in the comments.
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'Hitler': The Lasting Effect Of An Infamous Figure

Adolf Hitler is arguably the most infamous figure in modern history. In his new biography Hitler, writer A.N. Wilson traces the Nazi leader's life through the mundane and the murderous, and argues that many of our attitudes today are a direct response to what Hitler represented.

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