Mandalit del Barco http://www.kunc.org en Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor http://www.kunc.org/post/vroom-vroom-hmmmm-motorcycles-literary-metaphor Motorcycles provide an open road for literature — literally and figuratively. They're sometimes the dramatic device writers use to talk about many things: adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. But motorcycles aren't just a metaphor at Bartel's Harley-Davidson shop in Marina Del Rey, Calif. They're loud and shiny and very real.<p>This is where we find Jeff Bragg, who claims he has been riding since he was 3. He reads an excerpt from Hunter S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 58532 at http://www.kunc.org Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen http://www.kunc.org/post/ruby-dee-actress-who-marched-washington-and-screen Born Ruby Ann Wallace in the early 1920s in Cleveland, actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee most identified with the part of New York City where she was raised.<p>"I don't know who I would be if I weren't this child from Harlem, this woman from Harlem. It's in me so deep," Dee told NPR's <em>Tell Me More</em> in 2007.<p>She died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 91.<p>Dee, who took the surname of her first husband, blues singer Frankie Dee, grew up in Harlem's rich cultural neighborhood, writing poetry. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 57698 at http://www.kunc.org Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen 'Nerdfighters' Mobilize For Film Premiere, Armed With Favorite Lines http://www.kunc.org/post/nerd-fighters-mobilize-film-premiere-armed-favorite-lines John Green's love story, <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, is a cult classic for young readers. The film adaptation comes out Friday, and excitement has reached a fever pitch among middle-schoolers obsessed with the book. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 57378 at http://www.kunc.org In Hollywood, 50 Is The New 80: What Happens When 'It Girls' Get Old http://www.kunc.org/post/hollywood-50-new-80-what-happens-when-it-girls-get-old There's no shortage of "it girls" in Hollywood — there's 31-year-old Lupita Nyongo, 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, 21-year-old Shailene Woodley, and even 16-year-old Elle Fanning. But what will become of their careers when they're older?<p>The industry is notoriously young; acting roles for women often dry up by the time they're 40. And in her new book <em>I See You Made an Effort, </em>Annabelle Gurwitch shares "compliments, indiginities, and survival stories" from the other side of 50.<p>"I'm 52, which is actually 82 in actress years," she says. Sat, 31 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 57232 at http://www.kunc.org In Hollywood, 50 Is The New 80: What Happens When 'It Girls' Get Old Authors Angered Over Amazon's Dispute With Publisher Hachette http://www.kunc.org/post/authors-angered-over-amazons-dispute-publisher-hachette Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We've reached a moment that probably shouldn't surprise us when it comes to the modern publishing industry. A lot of people are addicted to buying books online using Amazon. But Amazon is now in a pricing dispute with the publisher Hachette. The online giant is refusing to accept orders for upcoming books from Hachette, which has a heavy-hitting roster of authors. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.<p>MANDALIT DEL BARCO: Some authors are furious at Amazon.<p>NINA LADEN: They don't really care. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 57115 at http://www.kunc.org