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    1. "Houses, lovers, children, cats: things that are frequently haunted." Audrey Niffenegger provides this inventory of the supernatural in her introduction to "Ghostly," a new anthology of 16 ghost stories spanning 170 years selected and illustrated by the author of "The Time Traveler's Wife." On...

    2. New on the self this week include Ruth Rendell's last crime novel and a conscious-raising primer for children by Chelsea Clinton on effecting change.

    3. To the residents of Reykjavik, the culture of storytelling seems to be the source of their greatest national pride and Iceland has a nearly 100 percent literacy rate.

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      The New StatesmanNov 18 04:32 AM

      A first look at this week's special issue.

    5. Audrey Niffenegger thinks visually. Even when focusing primarily on language, she sees an image of the moment before translating to words. So an accidental pun can be forgiven, especially when she's typing quickly on a phone. In setting up an interview before her visit to Tuscaloosa next week, she wrote: "It might work better if you call me. I occasionally lose track of the time." In case that ...

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      Duke UniversityNov 02 06:52 AM

      And faculty. Plus, some recommended reading Writing in Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted , Ian Millhiser J.D. ’06 takes a critical look at how the Supreme Court has shaped the law and thus the lives of ordinary Americans.

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      The New StatesmanNov 22 04:01 AM

      Our friends and contributors choose their favourite reading of 2015.

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      The New StatesmanNov 21 01:16 AM

      Orson Welles: One-Man Band by Simon Callow is the last volume in his biography of the great actor.

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