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From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

NPR Books - March 16, 2018 - 10:53am

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.

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Putin's Strategy Is To Glorify Russia's Past, Journalist Says

NPR Books - March 16, 2018 - 1:09am

To preview this Sunday's presidential election in Russia, NPR's David Greene talks with reporter Shaun Walker about his new book The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.

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Harper Lee Estate Sues Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Script By Aaron Sorkin

NPR Books - March 15, 2018 - 12:17pm

The author's lawyer says a contract bars the producers of a high-profile stage adaptation from departing "in any manner" from the spirit of the classic novel.

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Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

NPR Books - March 15, 2018 - 12:13pm

Author Harper Lee's estate is suing Aaron Sorkin over editorial liberties Sorkin took when turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a Broadway production.

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In 'Go Home,' Finding — Or Building — A Home In Words

NPR Books - March 15, 2018 - 3:00am

This new anthology of Asian diasporic writers, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, is packed with stories, essays and poetry on the idea of home — where it is, what it is, and how you find or lose it.

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From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison

NPR Books - March 14, 2018 - 10:05am

Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.

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The Liberal Case For Nationalism

NPR Books - March 14, 2018 - 7:18am

"Nationalism is like a half-wild beast," Yascha Mounk writes. And who is trying to tame it?

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Memory Is Mutable, Understanding Elusive In 'Memento Park'

NPR Books - March 14, 2018 - 3:00am

Mark Sarvas' new novel is dedicated to his own father and grandfathers — it's the story of a C-list movie actor and the valuable heirloom that leads him to dig into his family's history.

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