• 5:38pm Dec 29, 2012
    Arts Arts

    Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012

    As 2012 winds to a close, Glenn Weldon shares a couple of graphic novels that caught his eye this year: Drama by Raina Telgemeier and The Crackle of the Frost by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner. (This piece initially aired Nov. 20, 2012, on All Things Considered).
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    Nishant Choksi
    6:26pm Dec 28, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    True Originals: Biographies That Defy Expectations

    Our list of this year's best biographies focuses on books about individuals who lived their lives off the beaten path. From the story of a spy turned chef to the story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, these books chronicle subjects who refused to conform to the expectations of others.
  • 4:23pm Dec 28, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    Colbert On Musical Moments And 'America Again'

    As part of our year-end wrap up, we are sharing the best Fresh Air interviews of 2012. Here we listen back to two interviews we did this year with Stephen Colbert. He talks about the presidential debates, his superPAC, Jesus Christ Superstar and Elvis Costello
  • Doris Day will celebrate her 88th birthday on Tuesday, April 3.
    Sony Picture Archives
    4:23pm Dec 28, 2012
    Arts Arts

    Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life

    Day started singing and dancing when she was a teenager, and made her first film at 24. After nearly 40 movies, she walked away from that part of her life in 1968, and started rescuing and caring for animals. Here, she speaks to Terry Gross in a lengthy interview about her career in film and music.
  • Margaret Atwood has written 13 novels, including The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake.
    George Whiteside
    9:40pm Dec 27, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    Margaret Atwood's Brave New World Of Online Publishing

    Charles Dickens wrote many of his greatest works in serial form, but serial publishing has fallen by the wayside since his day. Now, it's being revived online, and Margaret Atwood is publishing a future-dystopia novel called Positron in installments via the literary website Byliner.
  • About three-quarters of public libraries offer digital lending, but finding a book you want can be frustrating — every publisher has its own set of rules.
    9:40pm Dec 27, 2012
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    Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing?

    About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association. But finding the book you want to read can be a challenge when every publisher has its own licensing rules for libraries — and several major houses don't sell e-books to libraries at all.
  • 2:23pm Dec 27, 2012
    Arts Arts

    At The End Of The Day, Cliches Can Be As Good As Gold

    Cliches are often criticized as the most overused and contemptible phrases in the English language. But writer Hephzibah Anderson says there are times when cliches are not only useful, but also create a sense of camaraderie. And sometimes, she writes in Prospect magazine, only a cliche will do.