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You Definitely Need this Condo Pony, and Other Products from ‘SkyMaul’

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

Novelist and Programmer Vikram Chandra Sees the Beauty in Code

Computer code has changed the world. But is it beautiful? That's the question at the heart of Vikram Chandra's first non-fiction book, "Geek Sublime." Best known as a novelist and UC Berkeley English professor, Chandra is also a computer programmer. We'll talk with him about the links between literary theory, aesthetics and the craft of writing code.

Novelist and Programmer Vikram Chandra Sees the Beauty in Code

Computer code has changed the world. But is it beautiful? That's the question at the heart of Vikram Chandra's first non-fiction book, "Geek Sublime." Best known as a novelist and UC Berkeley English professor, Chandra is also a computer programmer. We'll talk with him about the links between literary theory, ...read more

The Literature of Fear: 12 High-Quality Horror Books for Sleepless Nights

A visit to the book store might have you thinking that the horror genre is all vampires and serial killers. For those who enjoy the literature of fear, with a touch of the fantastic, there are still lots of great writers out there. These 12 books offer first-rate literature with a macabre imagination.

John Lahr Explores the 'Mad Pilgrimage' of Tennessee Williams

Playwright Tennessee Williams brought explosive characters to life who often mirrored his own troubled past. In a new biography pieced together from a decade worth of Williams' diaries and letters, theater critic John Lahr explores the forces that influenced the playwright, including an abusive childhood, dangerous addictions and tumultuous love affairs. Lahr's book is "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh."

Comic-Con Artist Turns Adversity Into Asset

Comic-Con is on this weekend. The annual event is a riotous, colorful celebration that fills the streets of San Diego with people dressed as action heroes. Comic-Con began as a modest gathering for comic book aficionados. And while Hollywood has taken center stage, a lot of the attendees are still keen to see comic books and the artists behind them. We profile one artist whose work and personal story have generated a cult following among those in the know.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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Disability Culture Month

Each October, KQED hosts a Celebration of Disability Culture, airing special programs that explore the complex web of experiences and issues faced by people with disabilities.

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California Election Watch 2014: The Voter Guide

Don't have time to sort out all the statewide propositions and races for the upcoming November 5 election? Get help from KQED's Voter Guide!