Sun May 12, 2013
Author Interviews

A 'Cooked Seed' Sprouts After All, In America

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 12:16 pm

Cover of The Cooked Seed

Anchee Min's best-selling memoir Red Azalea told the story of her youth in China during the Cultural Revolution. Her followup, The Cooked Seed, picks up nearly 20 years later as she arrives in America with $500 in her pocket, no English and a plan to study art in Chicago.

Min tells NPR's Rachel Martin that her life in China ended because of her relationship with Madame Mao, a former actress and the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong.

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Sat May 11, 2013
Author Interviews

The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 4:26 pm

Robert Ripley traveled the world collecting souvenirs like this Balinese lion mask.
Courtesy Ripley Entertainment

Before there was YouTube or Mythbusters or The Amazing Race, there was Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley.

Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable grabbed Americans' attention and grew his newspaper cartoon into a media empire.

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Sat May 11, 2013
Author Interviews

Yngwie Malmsteen: 'I've Always Been A Little Bit Of An Extremist'

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 8:11 am

Swedish-born guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released more than two dozen albums.
Courtesy of the artist

Yngwie Malmsteen is the king of the neoclassical shred guitar. Since 1984's Rising Force, the Swedish musician and composer has somehow bridged centuries, from Paganini to his own arpeggiated acrobatics.

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Fri May 10, 2013
Arts & Life

Book Review: 'A Nearly Perfect Copy'

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 5:23 pm



Allison Amend is out with her third book. It's a novel called "A Nearly Perfect Copy." It features richly detailed characters, including an art dealer gone bad, and it's set in both Paris and New York. Our review Alan Cheuse found it all quite delectable.

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Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Microsoft Rumored To Be Interested In Buying Nook

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 10:33 am

Microsoft already owns nearly a 17 percent stake in Nook Media.
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