Arts http://wvasfm.org en Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons http://wvasfm.org/post/book-news-clash-comic-cons <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The nation's biggest comic book convention has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the nation's third-biggest comic book convention over the use of the name "Comic Con," <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/comic-book-convention-organizers-clash-over-name/2014/07/27/e93435ba-15e7-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_story.html">The Associated Press reports</a>. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 52130 at http://wvasfm.org Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet http://wvasfm.org/post/what-its-own-your-very-own-harrier-jump-jet The Harrier Jump Jet combines the speed of a jet with the maneuverability of a helicopter.<p>These single-seater planes are known for vertical take-offs and landings, making them ideal for close-air support near the front-lines where runways may be damaged or non-existent.<p>Designed by the British and now flown by the U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0000 editor 52109 at http://wvasfm.org What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://wvasfm.org/post/love-and-drowning-us-virgin-islands In the new novel <em>Land of Love and Drowning</em>, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.<p>The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.<p>It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.<p>Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 52108 at http://wvasfm.org 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding http://wvasfm.org/post/handmade-signs-homeless-people-lead-art-understanding Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.<p>He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called <a href="http://weareallhomeless.blogspot.com/">We Are All Homeless</a>. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 52110 at http://wvasfm.org Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses http://wvasfm.org/post/some-venues-ipads-take-place-opera-glasses <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=At+Some+Venues%2C+iPads+Take+The+Place+Of+Opera+Glasses&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Every day, it seems that more places are invaded by mobile devices. But the concert hall- surely that's the one place where it's completely unacceptable to pull out that iPhone, right? Well, no. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 52093 at http://wvasfm.org What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends. http://wvasfm.org/post/what-made-double-agent-kim-philby-great-spy-his-friends <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Made+Double+Agent+Kim+Philby+A+Great+Spy%3F+His+Friends.&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMzIzNDMxMDEzNTEyMDg4NzFlOTllMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>If I say greatest spy ever, you probably imagine a James Bond or a Jason Borne type -gadgets, aliases, and action hero sort of adventures. But the man who's been called the greatest spy in history didn't do any of that stuff. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 52094 at http://wvasfm.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters http://wvasfm.org/post/flowery-puzzle-budding-quizmasters <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony. For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Will Shortz 52095 at http://wvasfm.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge http://wvasfm.org/post/75-batman-still-seeks-justice-not-revenge It's been 75 years since Batman first swooped onto the scene in 1939. Glen Weldon, author of <em>The Caped Crusade</em>, says it's important to note that for the last three quarters of a century, Batman has been seeking justice, not revenge.<p>"Once his parents are killed he doesn't seek revenge," Weldon tells NPR's Arun Rath. "That's what distinguishes a superhero from an action movie hero. He doesn't go out for revenge. It's not a vendetta, it's a crusade. He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52086 at http://wvasfm.org At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://wvasfm.org/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 52087 at http://wvasfm.org Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery http://wvasfm.org/post/foodie-detective-solves-crime-delectable-italian-mystery The Inspector Montalbano books, by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, supply everything I need for the beach. A good mystery. An exotic location — in this case, the beaches and piazzas of Sicily. And great writing that wears its fineness lightly, and keeps the pages turning. All with the most charming fuss-bucket of a detective to come along since Hercule Poirot: Inspector Salvo Montalbano.<p>As an added bonus, I don't remember a single book in the series featuring a serial killer. Plenty of murderers, but no Ted Bundys. Is anyone else sick of serial killers? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Rosecrans Baldwin 52088 at http://wvasfm.org A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery