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Chuck Klosterman thinks the Internet has ruined a lot of things, including death.

"I Will Bear Witness" by Victor Klemperer
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The author of "Lincoln in the Bardo" recommends Victor Klemperer's two-volume diary that reads as a slow-motion picture of what the Holocaust looked like before it was known Holocaust.

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How painting radium on watches and instrument dials killed more than 50 young women working in Ottawa, Illinois.

"If Beale Street Could Talk" by James Baldwin
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The author of "Another Brooklyn" recommends a James Baldwin novel she says belongs on everyone's bookshelf.

Nikka and Strings
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When Nikka Costa was ten, she was a pop sensation in Europe. In her 20s, she was Britney Spear’s opening act. But she’s left pop music behind and now she’s performing songs by some of the musicians she’s known, including Prince and Frank Sinatra.

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13:12
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Dangerous Ideas

Why do we keep dividing the world of books into different genres — like romance novels, science fiction and literary fiction? Novelist Lauren Beukes says we should simply get rid of the whole idea of genre.

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1:46