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From its origins as a happy accident 10,000 years ago, to its role as the centerpiece of a school "rebellion," the tabletop staple has had quite a life. A new book tells the story.
Author: Nicole Jankowski
Posted: February 24, 2017, 2:00 pm
As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.
Author: Jason Sheehan
Posted: February 24, 2017, 12:00 pm
David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.
Author: Michael Schaub
Posted: February 23, 2017, 3:00 pm
Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?
Author: Heller McAlpin
Posted: February 23, 2017, 12:00 pm
Set amid the political swirl of late '60s Chicago, Emil Ferris' graphic novel debut reflects on race, class, gender and the Holocaust. Critic John Powers says readers won't want to put it down.
Author: John Powers
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:44 pm
It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?
Author: Angus Chen
Posted: February 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
Zinemaker and designer Keith Rosson's debut novel is set in a small Oregon town in the 1980s, where the rain pours down, jellyfish rot on the beach — and a strange supernatural force is on the move.
Author: Jason Heller
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm
Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.
Author: NPR Staff
Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:04 pm
An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.
Author: Glen Weldon
Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:08 pm
Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:58 pm
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