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- For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'
In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world. [Sun, March 1]
- Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life
One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces." [Sun, March 1]
- This Weekend, Experience The Enduring Power Of 'The Millstone'
Margaret Drabble's The Millstone, set in the 1960s, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman who finds herself pregnant. Author Tessa Hadley says this 50-year-old novel is a weekend must-read. [Sun, March 1]
- A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks
Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board. [Sat, Feb. 28]
- 'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture
In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race. [Sat, Feb. 28]