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Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty'  |   

Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.

As Shakespeare Turns 450, 'Hamlet' Tour Makes The World A Stage  |   

Shakespeare's Globe Theater aims to take the Bard's iconic play to every country in the world. They'll perform everywhere from prestigious theaters to Pacific island beaches.

Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'  |   

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

'Inside Amy Schumer,' Some Surprising Commentary  |   

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Amy Schumer stands out by using her own sex appeal to challenge double standards about women — and, of course, she's funny.

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality  |   

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

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