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Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Gets 'Shameless' About Sex

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Bolz-Weber's new book pulls from her own experiences, stories told by her parishioners, and the Bible itself for an examination of the way conservative Christian ideas about sex affect peoples' lives.

After 24 Years, Scholar Completes 3,000-Page Translation Of The Hebrew Bible

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Literary scholar Robert Alter says he didn't think the existing English translations of the Bible did justice to the original Hebrew. So he spent nearly a quarter century writing his own — by hand.

A Celebrated Chinese Novelist Dreams Up A Nightmare Sci-Fi Allegory

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Yan Lianke's newest book The Day the Sun Died is now available in English in the United States. "Certainly it's a very sharp critique of contemporary society," he says.

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Freed From Copyright, These Classic Works Are Yours To Adapt

For the first time in 20 years, a large body of films, music, and books has entered the public domain. That means they can be reworked by new creators in conversation with the originals.

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The Spirit Tells The Story In 'Orchestra Of Minorities'

Chigozie Obioma's latest novel is a love story, a story of exile, a mix of classical tragedy and Igbo folklore, narrated by a chi — a guardian spirit that refers to Obioma's protagonist as its host.

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A New Novel Makes The 'Sugar Run' Out Of Jail And Back To West Virginia

Mesha Maren's debut book follows a queer woman trying to restart her life and return to rural Appalachia. For the author, it's a place sometimes "difficult to love," but loved with "extra fierceness."

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Reading The Game: Red Dead Redemption 2

Our occasional series about storytelling returns with a look at Red Dead Redemption 2, which inverts one of the biggest tropes in video games — the Power Curve. There's no leveling up here.

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Here Are Martha Stewart's Tips For Hosting A Terrific New Year's Eve

Ice balls melt slowly and impress everyone. Provide toothbrushes and bathrobes for overnight guests. And if your budget is tight, mac and cheese and a bottle of good wine can go a very long way.

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You Can Eat Like Johnny Cash — Thanks To A Cookbook From Country Music's First Family

The son of country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter has compiled a book of Southern recipes handed down in his family through the years.

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At The End Of The Year, N.K. Jemisin Ponders The End Of The World

Jemisin is the only author to win three Hugo Awards in a row — for her Broken Earth trilogy, which begins with an apocalypse. She says she likes to explore what apocalypses mean for different people.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2018

One pop culture critic takes some time to run down not 10, not 20, but 50 wonderful things from movies, TV and more in 2018.

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Aaron Sorkin Brings 'To Kill A Mockingbird' To The Broadway Stage

After lawsuits and pushback from her estate. Harper Lee's beloved 1960 novel is now a play. And now, Atticus Finch looks and sounds a little different than he did in the book.

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Book 'Without Borders' By 80+ Artists Lets Kids Color Outside The Lines

Children are invited to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks in Coloring Without Borders. The bilingual book was created to help immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.