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On this week's podcast of NPR's best arts stories, we've got a moving interview with a Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist from Tripoli. Hisham Matar discusses his experience and those of other Libyan novelists. He remembers, among other things, when Moammar Gadhafi set up a big literary festival. But it was a trap — writers were captured there and imprisoned.
When it comes time to put some style into court opinions and legal briefs by plucking a line or two from a songwriter's oeuvre, Bob Dylan's lyrics are by far the No. 1 choice of justices and law clerks around the nation, the Los Angeles Times writes this morning.
Even Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, two men you would not think of in connection with the writer of many of the 1960s' best-known protest songs, have done it.
This Twin Cities group took its name from a Jeff Mangum song with the intent of forming a Neutral Milk Hotel tribute band. Thankfully, the members of Communist Daughter decided to write their own material. Hear a studio session from The Current's Local Show.
The Mississippi River rose Monday to levels not seen in Memphis since the 1930s, swamping homes in low-lying neighborhoods and driving hundreds of people from their homes. But officials were confident the levees would protect the city's world-famous musical landmarks, including Graceland and Beale Street, and that no new areas would have any serious flooding.