February 25, 2013 NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage in the press room during the Oscars. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.
February 25, 2013 Also: Toni Morrison's digital signing; our picks for the best books out this week; and William S. Burroughs in a Nike ad.
February 25, 2013 In fiction, Peter Cameron's complicated romance, Mohammed Hanif's tale of unwelcome inheritance, Kathryn Harrison's historical drama, and Stephen Dau's bildungsroman arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, James Fallows documents the rise of China's aerospace industry.
February 25, 2013 Seth MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards which Monkey See's Linda Holmes says was one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history. Jokes about women just kept coming. His sexist jokes were in poor taste, sure, but if they'd been funny, nobody would have cared.
February 24, 2013 Laugh, cry, be upset and outraged over this year's Academy Award winners and losers, as we live blog the results.
February 24, 2013 Style commentary from people who have none!
February 24, 2013 NPR's Linda Holmes and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson team up with entertainment writer Marc Hirsch to live-blog the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Plus off-kilter commentary from the red carpet, courtesy of Wait, Wait ... producer Ian Chillag. Your comments encouraged, too!
February 24, 2013 The directors of the five films nominated for best documentary short talk to NPR's Audie Cornish about the stories they tell in their films: tales of illness in Africa, can collectors in New York, lonely retirees, an artistic homeless teenager, and a salon-side view of cancer.
February 24, 2013 Philida, a slave, is promised her freedom by her owner, who is also the father of her children. But the promise is broken and she takes the matter into her own hands, in this novel by acclaimed South African novelist Andre Brink that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
February 24, 2013 Thirty years ago, Steven Callahan survived a shipwreck and spent 76 days adrift on the Atlantic. Alone in a life raft, he fished and drank rainwater to survive. As a consultant on Life of Pi, he used his experiences to help director Ang Lee add authenticity to the film.
February 24, 2013 Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda remembers finding a worn copy of the anthology Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural in the library as a young boy. He found the stories revelatory. Is there a scary story that made an impression on you when you were his age? Tell us in the comments.