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The Voice: Tracey Thorn's Pop Journey

Musician Tracey Thorn on punk rock, feminism, motherhood, the radical sound of quiet, and her new memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen.

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Capturing Bird: Stanley Crouch on Kansas City Lightning

To put the life of Charlie Parker into words, a writer listens to the voices of those who knew him.

 

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Tony Bennett: The Art of Excellence

The singer on the tracks that have built a legendary career.

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Talkin' Bob Dylan

A joint interview with historian Sean Wilentz (Bob Dylan in America) and music critic Greil Marcus (Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010) on Dylan's career and the courses through history it traces.

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Talking with Rob Sheffield about Duran Duran

A conversation (with videos) with the author of a new memoir about youth, heartbreak, and the music of the MTV generation.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).