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5:19am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Vast 'Digital Public Library Of America' Opens Today

Encyclopedia Britannica editions are seen at the New York Public Library on March 14, 2012 in New York City.
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6:27am

Wed April 17, 2013

9:24am

Tue April 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Vivid Novel About North Korea Wins Pulitzer Honor

Novelist Adam Johnson spent time in North Korea and says "it was deeply surreal to walk among thousands of people in the streets of Pyongyang and see that the men all have the same exact haircut."
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Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday, captures the privation and absurdity of life in North Korea in one sentence: "For breakfast, she murdered an onion and served it raw."

The novel is a surreal, feverish look at North Korea under Kim Jong Il. The protagonist Jun Do (a play on "John Doe") grows up in an orphanage, and serves under Kim as a professional kidnapper before deciding to rebel against the state.

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6:41am

Tue April 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Pulitzer Fiction-Prize Watchers Can Rest Easy This Year

Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, announces the winners Monday at Columbia University in New York.
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1:53am

Tue April 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Is The United States A 'Dispensable Nation'?

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 12:04 pm

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In The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy In Retreat, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr describes veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke being all but frozen out by President Obama's inner circle, for whom Nasr believes diplomacy was a "lost art."

Instead of engaging civilians to find political solutions in Afghanistan and beyond, they would look first to the military and intelligence agencies for solutions that were politically popular — that includes getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

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