October 16, 2012 Arts and culture stories from around NPR for Tuesday, October 16.
October 16, 2012 The British writer becomes only the third author to win the prestigious award twice, joining J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey. She also becomes the first author to win with a sequel. Her novel Wolf Hall won in 2009.
October 16, 2012 French director Leos Carax's first full-length feature in 10 years proclaims its love for the movies by dismantling the very elements that make them familiar. As critic Stephanie Zacharek explains, the less you know about conventional narrative cinema, the better the film is. (Recommended)
October 16, 2012 A new oral history of women working in comedy includes stories from the world of stand-up, the world of late-night, and the world of comedy. Not all of it works, but author Yael Kohen explores some difficult choices the women she profiles have faced, and she gets some pretty good stories, too.
October 16, 2012 Would you pay $25 for one ounce of coffee from beans that traveled an animal's intestinal system? Many people do, and like it, although I'm not so sure. In fact, a whole industry has cropped up around cat poop coffee, which experts say has degraded the taste of the real thing.
October 16, 2012 In Abe Lincoln's Dream, the 16th president wants to know how the nation is doing since the Civil War. Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator Lane Smith says he was inspired by stories of Lincoln's real dreams. "He had premonitions," Smith says. "He was haunted by his dreams."
October 16, 2012 Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham have very different positions in American comedy, but a conversation on Sundance's Iconoclasts series uncovers some similarities in how they go about it.
October 16, 2012 Pop culture, like real life, plays around a lot with the term "best friend." But now and then, it gets the not-romantic intimacy of close friendships exactly right.
October 16, 2012 A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit yesterday that claimed that The Bachelor discriminates against people of color. But the fact that the case was dismissed doesn't mean the conversation is over.
October 16, 2012 Louise Erdrich's latest novel examines the way violence can give rise to violence, as a young Native American man pursues justice for his mother, who has been sexually assaulted. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book is one of Erdrich's best — keenly crafted and containing some wonderful set pieces.
October 15, 2012 Actor John Hawkes has played plenty of unusual characters, but the physical demands of his latest role required ingenuity and pain management. He speaks with All Things Considered about the difficulty of playing a character who is paralyzed from the neck down.