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?
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.
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.
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.
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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