You're kidnapped and put in a room with no windows, no books, no TV, nothing, and you're handcuffed to a radiator. You have no idea if or when you're going to be released. Cartoonist Guy Delisle captures the desperation of this true story.
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels have become global hits. They are rife with love and sex and the mob — and commentary about language. This week on the podcast we explore Italy's linguistic history and the tensions between Italian dialects and the lingua franca.
It's hard to think of a more perfect Sherlock Holmes than the one Benedict Cumberbatch portrays in "Sherlock." And that's in part because the detective is immortal. A new book looks at the rise of Sherlock Holmes before Cumberbatch and shows how there will be perfect detectives in the future.
Haruki Murakami, the perennial favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, says his desire to write is all due to a double hit by an American baseball player named Dave Hilton. Really? We tracked down that player, and an expert on creativity to see if the story is truth, or fiction.
Nikola Tesla was a visionary and a recluse with a genius for invention. He's also a hero in Serbia, where an author has created a new fictional account of Tesla's incredible life and many achievements.
Science journalist and author Jon Palfreman, recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, describes having the disease as “going on vacation in another country and having to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.”