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Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School
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Viet Cong soldiers going into battle near Hue during the Vietnam War, circa 1968. Years later, the war shaped how Ocean Vuong grew up. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam
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Handout picture dated 1997 and released in 2012 by the UN shows ancient manuscripts displayed at the library in the city of Timbuktu. Al-Qaeda has destroyed ancient texts it considers idolatrous. Evan Schneider/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose
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Manischewitz is closely associated with Jewish tradition, but it was once a huge crossover success. Sammy Davis Jr. was its spokesman in TV advertising. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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The King Drinks, by the 17th century artist Jacob Jordaens, illustrates a feasting scene from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The Shakespearean larder teems with intriguing-sounding food. Culture Club/Getty Images hide caption

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Chilean writer and poet Pablo Neruda, after being awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Lost Neruda' Can Now Be Found In 'Then Come Back'
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James Brown performs at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany in 2003. Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Lonely Side Of James Brown
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'It Takes A Lot Of Bravery To Be Kind,' Says Kids' Author Kate DiCamillo
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The Many Masks Of Batman In 'Caped Crusade'
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Author Helen Oyeyemi's new book reflects her fascination with keys. Manchul Kim hide caption

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Keys Are The Key To 'What Is Not Yours'
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British newspaper the Independent announced it will move to a digital-only format later this month. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Whither Bridget Jones? Britain's 'Independent' Newspaper Goes Digital
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Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, spent much of his life obsessed with death. In 2011 he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross: "There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready." Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death
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It took a little over a year for Sara Baume's debut novel — about a troubled man who adopts a one-eyed dog — to go from being accepted for publication to being published. "I made the clay dogs to keep the thing alive for myself after it was finished, but before it was a book," she writes on her blog. Sara Baume hide caption

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For A Young Irish Artist And Author, Words Are Anchored In Images
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Left: Julia Ward Howe, pictured during her honeymoon in England. Right: Her husband, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe. He would soon prove controlling of every aspect of her life, including what she ate. The Yellow House Papers: The Laura E. Richards Collection, Gardiner Library Association and Maine Historical Society, Coll. 2085, RG10, F6; Samuel Gridley Howe, 1857. Courtesy of Perkins School for the Blind Archives. hide caption

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Author Interview: Annie Dillard, Author of 'The Abundance'
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Bartender Sunny Balzano (left) transformed a longshoremen's bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn into a local institution. He's pictured above with Tim Sultan, who recounts Balzano's story in Sunny's Nights. Evan Sung hide caption

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Longtime Brooklyn Bartender Who Inspired 'Sunny's Nights' Has Died
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According to the U.S. Census, single adult women now outnumber married adult women in America. Oivind Hovland/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Single By Choice: Why Fewer American Women Are Married Than Ever Before
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'The Ballad Of Black Tom' Offers A Tribute To And Critique Of Lovecraft
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A Writer-Engineer's Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons
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Where's The Color In Kids' Lit? Ask The Girl With 1,000 Books (And Counting)
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The Indecisive Chicken combines the recipes and life stories of eight women from communities across India who now live in Dharavi, a teeming Mumbai slum. Sarita Rai, from a village in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, contributed a recipe for pharas, "semi-circular pockets of rice dough" filled with chickpea flour, served steamed or deep-fried. Neville Sukhia/Courtesy of The Indecisive Chicken: Stories and recipes from eight Dharavi cooks hide caption

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