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Family Life: A Novel by Akhil sharma
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All Things Considered: After a Disaster in ‘Family Life,’ Relief Never Comes
The Diane Rehm Show: Akhil Sharma ‘Family Life’
"Outstanding…Every page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent."—David Sedaris
Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

Family Life: A Novel by Akhil sharma

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All Things Considered: After a Disaster in ‘Family Life,’ Relief Never Comes

The Diane Rehm Show: Akhil Sharma ‘Family Life’

"Outstanding…Every page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent."—David Sedaris

Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 Box Set by Charles M. Schulz
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NPR My Guilty Pleasure: Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You
Fresh Air: Charles Schulz, ‘The Complete Peanuts’
Morning Edition: Letters From ‘Peanuts’ Creator Reveal Bittersweet Romance
Morning Edition: Schulz Sketched Own Life in ‘Peanuts’ Strip
Good grief! The Complete Peanuts is the most ambitious and most important project in the comics and cartooning genre: over a period of 12 years, Fantagraphics Books will release every daily and Sunday strip of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts,” the best-known and best-loved series in the world.

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 Box Set by Charles M. Schulz

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NPR My Guilty Pleasure: Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Fresh Air: Charles Schulz, ‘The Complete Peanuts’

Morning Edition: Letters From ‘Peanuts’ Creator Reveal Bittersweet Romance

Morning Edition: Schulz Sketched Own Life in ‘Peanuts’ Strip

Good grief! The Complete Peanuts is the most ambitious and most important project in the comics and cartooning genre: over a period of 12 years, Fantagraphics Books will release every daily and Sunday strip of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts,” the best-known and best-loved series in the world.

Do to the Beast by Afghan Whigs
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The Current: Album Review: Afghan Whigs, ‘Do To The Beast’
The Current: Barb Abney’s 20th Afghan-Whigs-iversary
NPR First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, ‘Do To The Beast’
KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs
The Current: Afghan Whigs announce first new album in 16 years
Do to the Beast is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage blend of hard rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli’s searing angst and obsessions. The new album is both a homecoming it marks their return to Sub Pop and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past thirty years.

Do to the Beast by Afghan Whigs

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The Current: Album Review: Afghan Whigs, ‘Do To The Beast’

The Current: Barb Abney’s 20th Afghan-Whigs-iversary

NPR First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, ‘Do To The Beast’

KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs

The Current: Afghan Whigs announce first new album in 16 years

Do to the Beast is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage blend of hard rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli’s searing angst and obsessions. The new album is both a homecoming it marks their return to Sub Pop and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past thirty years.

Bach: St. Matthew Passion
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NPR’s Deceptive Cadence: A Visitor’s Guide To Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’
The renowned St. Thomas Boys’ Choir of Leipzig, which boasts J.S. Bach as a former cantor, celebrates its 800th anniversary with an extraordinary interpretation of the peerless St. Matthew Passion. The Guardian praised the performance, noting that Bach’s harmonies “interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating, and working together.” This production is the only audio-visual release of the passion. It comes to life here, performed by the choir for which it was written, in the place where the composer worked and is buried.

Bach: St. Matthew Passion

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NPR’s Deceptive Cadence: A Visitor’s Guide To Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’

The renowned St. Thomas Boys’ Choir of Leipzig, which boasts J.S. Bach as a former cantor, celebrates its 800th anniversary with an extraordinary interpretation of the peerless St. Matthew Passion. The Guardian praised the performance, noting that Bach’s harmonies “interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating, and working together.” This production is the only audio-visual release of the passion. It comes to life here, performed by the choir for which it was written, in the place where the composer worked and is buried.

Mahler: Symphony No 1 by Marin Alsop
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Weekend Edition: A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World
This remarkably original work, with its recurring quotations from the composer’s own songs, notably Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), is the perfect expression of one of Mahler’s most quoted sayings, “The symphony is a world; it must contain everything”. The opening movement, filled with sounds that Mahler remembered from his childhood, depicts “Nature’s awakening from the long sleep of winter”, and is followed by an exuberant scherzo and trio based on a L+¤ndler. The disturbing slow movement funeral march, based on the children’s song Fr+¨re Jacques, is unlike anything that had been heard before, and the symphony concludes with music of thrilling dramatic intensity. Marin Alsop has been Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, a relationship now extended to 2015. Currently Conductor Emeritus of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, since 1992 she has also been Music Director of California’s prize-winning Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Mahler: Symphony No 1 by Marin Alsop

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Weekend Edition: A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

This remarkably original work, with its recurring quotations from the composer’s own songs, notably Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), is the perfect expression of one of Mahler’s most quoted sayings, “The symphony is a world; it must contain everything”. The opening movement, filled with sounds that Mahler remembered from his childhood, depicts “Nature’s awakening from the long sleep of winter”, and is followed by an exuberant scherzo and trio based on a L+¤ndler. The disturbing slow movement funeral march, based on the children’s song Fr+¨re Jacques, is unlike anything that had been heard before, and the symphony concludes with music of thrilling dramatic intensity. Marin Alsop has been Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, a relationship now extended to 2015. Currently Conductor Emeritus of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, since 1992 she has also been Music Director of California’s prize-winning Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

III by Death
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NPR First Listen: Death, ‘Death III’
All Songs Considered: Song Premiere: Death, ‘North Street’
Morning Edition: Death: A ’70s Rock Trailblazer, Reborn
Archive collection from the proto-Punk band. Death III slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of Rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. Alongside songs from 1975, 1976 and 1980, Death III contains 2 songs from 1992, as the Hackney brothers reconvened nearly a decade after they’d stopped playing together. Death III serves as a companion piece of sorts to the A Band Called Death documentary, tracking the band’s movement from spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers, in pure musical terms.

III by Death

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NPR First Listen: Death, ‘Death III’

All Songs Considered: Song Premiere: Death, ‘North Street’

Morning Edition: Death: A ’70s Rock Trailblazer, Reborn

Archive collection from the proto-Punk band. Death III slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of Rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. Alongside songs from 1975, 1976 and 1980, Death III contains 2 songs from 1992, as the Hackney brothers reconvened nearly a decade after they’d stopped playing together. Death III serves as a companion piece of sorts to the A Band Called Death documentary, tracking the band’s movement from spiritual young rockers to older and wiser, bruised-but-undefeated brothers, in pure musical terms.

Love Life by Rob Lowe
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Rob Lowe
The Leanard Lopate Show: Rob Lowe on How to Love Life
When Rob Lowe’s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

Love Life by Rob Lowe

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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Rob Lowe

The Leanard Lopate Show: Rob Lowe on How to Love Life

When Rob Lowe’s first book was published in 2011, he received the kind of rapturous reviews that writers dream of and rocketed to the top of the bestseller list. Now, in Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

Tarpaper Sky by Rodney Crowell
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Mountain Stage: Rodney Crowell On Mountain Stage
World Cafe: Rodney Crowell On World Cafe
World Cafe: Rodney Crowell: 21st-Century Country
Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self-produced album. It comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which won a 2013 Grammy® Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music since long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell has created an album that harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds and Dirt (1988) and Life Is Messy (1992). This album marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late 80s.

Tarpaper Sky by Rodney Crowell

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Mountain Stage: Rodney Crowell On Mountain Stage

World Cafe: Rodney Crowell On World Cafe

World Cafe: Rodney Crowell: 21st-Century Country

Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self-produced album. It comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which won a 2013 Grammy® Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music since long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell has created an album that harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds and Dirt (1988) and Life Is Messy (1992). This album marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late 80s.

Carol Burnett Show: Carols Crack-Up
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Morning Edition: Carol Burnett, Still Glad For ‘This Time Together’
Fresh Air: Carol Burnett
This Is NPR: Carol Burnett Loves NPR
Laugh until you cry with the most hilarious and memorable episodes of The Carol Burnett Show now on DVD.
Hand-picked by Carol Burnett just for you, these sketches were so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members. 
Enjoy Harvey Korman cracking up during “The Dentist” sketch with Tim Conway. And, see Carol try to hold back the laughs when Vicki Lawrence took the stage as Mama.
In addition to the beloved cast members, enjoy top-name guest stars including The Jackson Five, Steve Martin, Betty White, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence and many more!

Carol Burnett Show: Carols Crack-Up

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Morning Edition: Carol Burnett, Still Glad For ‘This Time Together’

Fresh Air: Carol Burnett

This Is NPR: Carol Burnett Loves NPR

Laugh until you cry with the most hilarious and memorable episodes of The Carol Burnett Show now on DVD.

Hand-picked by Carol Burnett just for you, these sketches were so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members. 

Enjoy Harvey Korman cracking up during “The Dentist” sketch with Tim Conway. And, see Carol try to hold back the laughs when Vicki Lawrence took the stage as Mama.

In addition to the beloved cast members, enjoy top-name guest stars including The Jackson Five, Steve Martin, Betty White, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence and many more!

Philomena
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Here & Now: The Real Philomena
Morning Edition: Dench Makes a Decision in ‘Philomena’ Worth Waiting For
The Leanard Lopate Show: Steve Coogan & Philomena Lee on ‘Philomena’
The Current: Cube Critics on ‘Philomena’ & Others
Airtalk: Steve Coogan on Adapting ‘Philomena’ for the Big Screen
All Things Considered: 'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score
NPR’s Monkey See: Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Five: Philomena
All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
All Things Considered: Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

Philomena

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Here & Now: The Real Philomena

Morning Edition: Dench Makes a Decision in ‘Philomena’ Worth Waiting For

The Leanard Lopate Show: Steve Coogan & Philomena Lee on ‘Philomena’

The Current: Cube Critics on ‘Philomena’ & Others

Airtalk: Steve Coogan on Adapting ‘Philomena’ for the Big Screen

All Things Considered: 'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

NPR’s Monkey See: Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Five: Philomena

All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine

All Things Considered: Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
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Marketplace: Pixar: From Toy Story to Today
The Takeaway: To Infinity and Beyond
Catmull’s new book, “Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” takes a look at the company’s history and their creative process.
The key, says Catmull, is being prepared to deviate from the plan: “Every one of our films, when we start off, they suck… our job is to take it from something that sucks to something that doesn’t suck. That’s the hard part.”

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

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Marketplace: Pixar: From Toy Story to Today

The Takeaway: To Infinity and Beyond

Catmull’s new book, “Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” takes a look at the company’s history and their creative process.

The key, says Catmull, is being prepared to deviate from the plan: “Every one of our films, when we start off, they suck… our job is to take it from something that sucks to something that doesn’t suck. That’s the hard part.”

The Both by The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
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NPR: First Listen: The Both, ‘The Both’
NPR Music: The Both: Tiny Desk Concert
Wits: Episode 38 | Tim Heidecker with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Wits: Episode 42 | Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have joined forces for a collaborative project they call The Both. The duo’s self-titled debut will be released April 15 via SuperEgo Records. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”

The Both by The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

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NPR: First Listen: The Both, ‘The Both’

NPR Music: The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Wits: Episode 38 | Tim Heidecker with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

Wits: Episode 42 | Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

Critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have joined forces for a collaborative project they call The Both. The duo’s self-titled debut will be released April 15 via SuperEgo Records. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”

Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should KNow About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More by Jane Fonda
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The Diane Rehm Show: Jane Fonda on ‘Being a Teen’
At age 76, Jane Fonda hasn’t slowed down one bit. She has a recurring guest role on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” she’s co-starring in a new Netflix comedy to be aired in 2015, her philanthropic activities are in full swing and she’s just released a new book. It’s called “Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls Need to Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity and More.” A discussion with Jane Fonda on the teenage years.

Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should KNow About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More by Jane Fonda

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The Diane Rehm Show: Jane Fonda on ‘Being a Teen’

At age 76, Jane Fonda hasn’t slowed down one bit. She has a recurring guest role on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” she’s co-starring in a new Netflix comedy to be aired in 2015, her philanthropic activities are in full swing and she’s just released a new book. It’s called “Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls Need to Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity and More.” A discussion with Jane Fonda on the teenage years.

Live From Chicago by Hannibal Buress
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Wits: Episode 28 | Hannibal Buress with Open Mike Eagle
Wits: Episode 8 | Maria Bamford and Hannibal Buress
Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Hannibal Buress is a panelist
Morning Edition: Hannibal Buress And The Comedy Of The Unexpected
WNYC’s Soundcheck: Hannibal Buress: Where Rap And Comedy Meet
WBEZ: The Comedy of Hannibal Buress
Ask any stand-up and they’ll tell you comedians are a maladjusted, self-loathing bunch as whole, but Hannibal Buress is a unique duck, coming on-stage with a swagger as effortless and attractive as Eddie Murphy’s, yet his volume knob is turned down considerably, even when his material is just as funny and razor-sharp. Flowing perfectly and funny from start to finish, Live from Chicago adds an excellent album to a discography that already has two, but since it is so well-rounded, this is the best entry point into the man’s early work.

Live From Chicago by Hannibal Buress

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Wits: Episode 28 | Hannibal Buress with Open Mike Eagle

Wits: Episode 8 | Maria Bamford and Hannibal Buress

Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Hannibal Buress is a panelist

Morning Edition: Hannibal Buress And The Comedy Of The Unexpected

WNYC’s Soundcheck: Hannibal Buress: Where Rap And Comedy Meet

WBEZ: The Comedy of Hannibal Buress

Ask any stand-up and they’ll tell you comedians are a maladjusted, self-loathing bunch as whole, but Hannibal Buress is a unique duck, coming on-stage with a swagger as effortless and attractive as Eddie Murphy’s, yet his volume knob is turned down considerably, even when his material is just as funny and razor-sharp. Flowing perfectly and funny from start to finish, Live from Chicago adds an excellent album to a discography that already has two, but since it is so well-rounded, this is the best entry point into the man’s early work.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
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All Things Considered: A Life’s Promise, Tragically Broken
An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

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All Things Considered: A Life’s Promise, Tragically Broken

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.

Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

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