1. 10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

    — 

    Our favorite rule in Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing.


    Mr. Leonard died this morning at the age of 87. 

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  1. Ever wonder why….

    … fatty foods, orgasms, exercise, marijuana, generosity, vodka, learning and gambling feel so good?

    On tomorrow’s Fresh Air neuroscientist DAVID LINDEN tells us about the pleasure circuitry of the brain, how it’s activated, and how that sometimes turns into addiction.

    Oh yeah! Linden has a new book, too, The Compass of Pleasure.

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  1. Chris Weitz: From ‘New Moon’ To ‘A Better Life’ : NPR
The director’s latest film is about an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles trying to stave off immigration officials and the city’s pervasive gang culture. It’s a far cry from Weitz’s earlier films, the blockbusters The Golden Compass and New Moon. 
Weitz talks with Terry Gross on today’s Fresh Air.

    Chris Weitz: From ‘New Moon’ To ‘A Better Life’ : NPR

    The director’s latest film is about an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles trying to stave off immigration officials and the city’s pervasive gang culture. It’s a far cry from Weitz’s earlier films, the blockbusters The Golden Compass and New Moon.

    Weitz talks with Terry Gross on today’s Fresh Air.


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  1. I’ve dutifully spent time today learning more about author Jim Shepard. Did you know that he is a professor of creative writing and film at Williams College? Or that he is the author of six novels? Or that his novel, Project X, won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association? Well, you do now. I feel confident that after today, I will be able to handle myself deftly in any conversation in which Jim Shepard becomes a topic.

    Learn more about Shepard and check out an excerpt from his latest book, You Think That’s Bad on NPR.org.

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  1. So Maureen Corrigan reviewed Ann Patchett’s new book, “State Of Wonder” for today’s Fresh Air, and here’s what she has to say about it: “Wow.”
She also said this: “It’s not often that a novel leaves me (temporarily) speechless. But Ann Patchett’s new novel isn’t called 'State of Wonder' for nothing, because that's exactly the state I've been in ever since I first opened it.”
But it’s the “wow” that sticks with you isn’t it? Listen to the full review on Fresh Air today.

    So Maureen Corrigan reviewed Ann Patchett’s new book, “State Of Wonder” for today’s Fresh Air, and here’s what she has to say about it: “Wow.”

    She also said this: “It’s not often that a novel leaves me (temporarily) speechless. But Ann Patchett’s new novel isn’t called 'State of Wonder' for nothing, because that's exactly the state I've been in ever since I first opened it.”

    But it’s the “wow” that sticks with you isn’t it? Listen to the full review on Fresh Air today.

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  1. That’s author Jim Shepard and now I feel dumb for not knowing him because this fella was awarded the Story Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award while I sit here playing Angry Birds and noodling around with Tumblr. *hangs head in shame*
ANYWAY, Shepard is on today’s Fresh Air talking about his newest collection of short stories, "You Think That’s Bad." They are pretty interesting, because he examines an array of  typically diverse subjects and characters. There’s an African-American  operations specialist from the military, a British woman who goes  exploring in Iran in the 1930s, a Japanese filmmaker from the 1950s and a fifteenth century French nobleman who happens to be a serial  killer. I repeat, a fifteenth century French nobleman who happens to be a serial  killer. View in High-Res

    That’s author Jim Shepard and now I feel dumb for not knowing him because this fella was awarded the Story Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award while I sit here playing Angry Birds and noodling around with Tumblr. *hangs head in shame*

    ANYWAY, Shepard is on today’s Fresh Air talking about his newest collection of short stories, "You Think That’s Bad." They are pretty interesting, because he examines an array of typically diverse subjects and characters. There’s an African-American operations specialist from the military, a British woman who goes exploring in Iran in the 1930s, a Japanese filmmaker from the 1950s and a fifteenth century French nobleman who happens to be a serial killer. I repeat, a fifteenth century French nobleman who happens to be a serial killer.

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  1. Jim Shepard’s latest short story collection, "You Think That’s Bad,” features a diverse array of protagonists and subjects. Shepard explains why he tries to write what he specifically doesn’t know — instead of what he does — on today’s Fresh Air. 
TdoubleB note: As you alllll know, I’m tumbling for Mel while she’s off sipping fruity drinks with little umbrellas stuck in them. I have no idea who Jim Shepard is or what this book is about BUT I urge you to listen because if Fresh Air is talking to him, then by janky this fella must be interesting. They talk to all the cool folks. View in High-Res

    Jim Shepard’s latest short story collection, "You Think That’s Bad,” features a diverse array of protagonists and subjects. Shepard explains why he tries to write what he specifically doesn’t know — instead of what he does — on today’s Fresh Air.

    TdoubleB note: As you alllll know, I’m tumbling for Mel while she’s off sipping fruity drinks with little umbrellas stuck in them. I have no idea who Jim Shepard is or what this book is about BUT I urge you to listen because if Fresh Air is talking to him, then by janky this fella must be interesting. They talk to all the cool folks.

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  1. You can invite three authors (living or dead) to a dinner party. Who would they be?

    And what would you serve?

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