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Posted at 8:56 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Patti Smith clinches book award, Jere Van Dyk talks Taliban, and other morning links to love

By Melissa Bell

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Some things to mull over with your morning coffee:

The book lovers of the world got a bit of rock star cool at Wednesday night's National Book Award when Patti Smith took home the top award for nonfiction for her memoir "Just Kids," which recounted her young love affair with Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Roger Ailes, the Fox News chief, thinks that NPR executives are Nazis.

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The rates of "wrong-site" surgery are rising in the U.S. All too often, doctors and hospitals choose to hush up the event, but a doctor in the New England Journal of Medicine has come forward to write about operating on the wrong hand of a 65-year-old patient "in hopes of stimulating discussions and encouraging the development and following of procedures that would minimize the risk for such events in the future."

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"I love this child, though she'll grow up to treat me just like her mother does," a maid said, quoted by photographer Ernest Cole in a series of photographs on being black under South African apartheid.

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Listen to the gripping tale of Jere Van Dyk, author of "Captive," on "Morning Joe," talking about what it was like when faced with likely death by the Taliban:

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And then, just a tall, cold sip of beauty. "Way Back Home," is a short film of biker Danny MacAskill, traveling from Edinburgh back to his home town Dunvegan, on the Isle of Skye.

By Melissa Bell  | November 18, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
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