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"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence."

—Erich Fromm (1900-80) German-born American psychoanalyst, emphasized role of social conditioning


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A Mixtape Of Russian History In 'Love And Techno' 
  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:48:00 -0400 
    Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality' 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:47:00 -0400 
    The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

Punk Icon Patti Smith Releases Second Memoir, 'M Train' 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    Singer Patti Smith's latest book is a poetic, free-flowing memoir. In 2010, her memoir Just Kids — about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe — won a National Book Award.

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff' 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:30:00 -0400 
    Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

New Take On Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David's Story 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:14:00 -0400 
    Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.

Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time' 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:14:00 -0400 
    You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway: 'Goddess' Chronicles A Fabled Life 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:02 -0400 
    Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.

What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pépin Says: Add More Butter 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:00 -0400 
    In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pépin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

A Hidden — But Quietly Influential — Life In 'Rosemary' 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:00 -0400 
    Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.

The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:02:27 -0400 
    In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill that would allow women to enjoy sex. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill. Originally broadcast Oct. 7, 2014.

Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black' 
  Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:49:00 -0400 
    Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. His new book is The Beast Side.

Journalist Discusses The Rise Of ISIS And Its Future In Syria And Iraq 
  Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:34:00 -0400 
    Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags, traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.

House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most Isolated Patients 
  Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:35:00 -0400 
    James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is Stories from the Shadows.

A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying Patients 
  Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:22:00 -0400 
    Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is The Shift.

Sandstorms, Explosions, Potatoes, Oh My: 'Martian' Takes Its Science Seriously 
  Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:00:35 -0400 
    Programmer Andy Weir had always longed to read science fiction with a greater focus on science. So, he wrote a novel of his own — which has since become a best-seller and, now, a blockbuster film.
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