The 17th-century rivalry between English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, left, and English mathematician John Wallis lasted decades. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History
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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'
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Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972. Andrew Kent/Courtesy of Riverhead Books hide caption

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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass
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Despite enduring violence and instability in Pakistan, artists and authors are thriving on the international stage. For many of them, culture has become a kind of resistance. Above, the 17th century Imperial Mosque in the Old City of Lahore serves as a reminder of the historical legacy and texture of Pakistan's art capital. Bilal Qureshi/NPR hide caption

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In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance
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After People's Armed Police were deployed to clear the square on June 4, pitched battles broke out between police and angry crowds throwing stones. Courtesy photo hide caption

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After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen
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Dust Bowl farmer drives a tractor with his son near Cland, N.M. (1938). Steinbeck writes: "The tractors came over the roads and into the fields, great crawlers moving like insects, having the incredible strength of insects ... monsters raising the dust and sticking their snouts into it, straight down the country ... through fences, through dooryards, in and out of gullies in straight lines." Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress hide caption

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'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless
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You might not notice their names on their book covers — and sometimes they're not named at all. But ghostwriters don't mind the anonymity. Hobvias Sudoneighm (striatic)/Flickr hide caption

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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters
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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries
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Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'
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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A
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In his six-decade career, Peter Matthiessen has written 33 books, including The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country. Linda Girvin/Courtesy of Riverhead Books hide caption

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty
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In The 1870s And '80s, Being A Pedestrian Was Anything But
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