Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

In an independent, Australian film, a single mother (Essie Davis) and her troubled young son (Noah Wiseman) are terrorized by a mysterious character from a children's book called Mister Babadook. Matt Nettheim/Causeway Films hide caption

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Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

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'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars

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Gary Wilmes, James Stanley and Pete Simpson star in Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. Julieta Cervantes hide caption

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In 'Straight White Men,' A Play Explores The Reality Of Privilege

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In Mallory Ortberg's modern retelling of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Miss Havisham texts wedding dress photos from a blocked number. Madeline Gobbo/Courtesy of Henry Holt & Company hide caption

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If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

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Study Says Parents' Media Exposure Trickles Down To Children

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Waterless Worlds The New Hot Dystopia

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HBO To Start Online Only Streaming Service

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Has Gone with the Wind withstood the test of time? Above, Vivien Leigh (left) as Scarlett O'Hara and Hattie McDaniel as Mammy. Anonymous/AP/New Line Cinema hide caption

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When It Comes To 'Gone With The Wind,' Do Kids Today Give A Damn?

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

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Hachette Authors Take Their Case To Amazon's Board Of Directors

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Bob Crewe Knew How To Make Artists Sing

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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him, Her and Them. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Film Triptych 'Eleanor Rigby' Tells Three Sides Of A Breakup Story

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Lois Lowry says she didn't think of The Giver as "futuristic or dystopian or science fiction or fantasy" — it was just a story about a kid making sense of a complicated world. Matt McKee/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

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As Film Stocks Dwindle, Movie-Makers Weigh What May Soon Be Lost

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