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Jonathan Franzen is also the author of Freedom and the essay collection How To Be Alone.
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The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.
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Oliver Sacks was an author, physician and a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine.
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The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.
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Alison Bechdel is the author of the long-running syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
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Lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel talks about how her dad's closeted homosexuality affected her. Sarah Hepola examines how alcohol fit in with — and distorted — her idea of being an empowered woman.
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