Arts

4:16pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Author Interviews

'Girl On The Train' Is A Journey Into The Lives Of Familiar Strangers

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:45 pm

Bart Sadowski iStockphoto

If you have a long commute, you may have found yourself wondering about the familiar strangers you pass each day on the way to and from work — that woman on the bus who is always lost in thought, or that man in the second floor apartment.

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3:03pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Monkey See

Small Batch: The Golden Globes

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Stephen Thompson and I meant to sit down together Monday to talk about Sunday's Golden Globes, but a few weather and other issues intervened, so we got cracking this morning, now that our delirious Golden Globe Fever has subsided. We touch on the wins for Transparent and Boyhood and give a quick review of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's hosting. But be aware: on this week's full episode of PCHH, we'll be doing a deep dive into Selma, so if you're wondering where that chatter is, we're working on it.

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2:27pm

Tue January 13, 2015
The Salt

How Do We Grow To Like The Foods We Once Hated?

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:43 pm

Jasjit Kaur Singh, an Indian chef, cooks kaala channa, a traditional spicy Sikh dish. A psychologist says that children who grow up in cultures with lots of spicy food are taught to like spice early on.
Richard Lautens Toronto Star via Getty Images

Why do some of us like to slather hot sauce or sprinkle chili powder onto our food, while others can't stand burning sensations in our mouth?

It probably has to do with how much we've been socially pressured or taught to eat chili, according to Paul Rozin, a cultural psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied attitudes toward food for decades.

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2:23pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Monkey See

The 20 Greatest Things About This Amazing 'The Boy Next Door' Trailer

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 4:43 pm

Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door.
Suzanne Hanover Universal Pictures

While at the movies this weekend, I saw what may be the funniest trailer of the year, albeit not on purpose. It is for the thriller The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez and opening Jan. 23. It called out to me. It wanted to be shown. It loves your mother's ... well, you'll see. Here are the 20 most awesome things in this trailer in chronological order.

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2:12pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Television

'Man Seeking Woman' Examines How It Feels To Be Single, Dating And Rejected

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 3:47 pm

On Man Seeking Woman, Jay Baruchel plays Josh, who is getting used to dating again after a breakup.
Michael Gibson FXX

Describing Man Seeking Woman, the new comedy series premiering Wednesday on the FXX cable network, isn't going to be easy.

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2:12pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Movie Interviews

The Magic Of The 'Boyhood' Experiment: Time And Patience

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 2:49 pm

The cast of Boyhood — (from left) Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke — won the Golden Globe for best motion picture on Sunday.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Actor Ethan Hawke calls Boyhood, which won best motion picture Sunday at the Golden Globes, an "experiment."

The fictional story takes place over the course of 12 years — and was shot over the course of 12 years. So without special makeup or prosthetics, audiences watch two children grow up and two adults age. Hawke plays Mason Sr., the children's father, and Patricia Arquette plays Olivia, the children's mother. They are divorced.

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10:03am

Tue January 13, 2015
Book Reviews

'Girl On The Train' Pays Homage To Hitchcock

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 2:58 pm

"They are a perfect, golden couple," Rachel Watson thinks, regarding handsome Jason and his striking wife, Jess. "He is dark-haired and well built, strong, protective, kind. He has a great laugh. She is one of those tiny bird-women, a beauty, pale-skinned with blond hair cropped short." Rachel, the main narrator of Paula Hawkins' novel The Girl on the Train, is obsessed with the pair; they represent to her the perfect relationship that she once had, or seemed to, before it imploded spectacularly.

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7:03am

Tue January 13, 2015
Book Reviews

There's Nothing Sketchy About This 'Outline'

Rachel Cusk is better known in England than in America; her sharply satirical books about the tolls of family life play better across the Atlantic than here in our often puritanical culture, with its bias towards domesticity. In her controversially bitter memoirs, including A Life's Work and Aftermath, and in piercing — but always beautifully written — novels like The Lucky Ones, Cusk has examined the difficulties of self-definition in the context of marriage, motherhood and family.

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5:32pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Around the Nation

An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:44 pm

Ephraim Benton, a former resident of Tompkins Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, is now an actor. Benton started a community-based organization called Beyond Influencing Da Hood, which puts on health fairs, film festivals and various free community events in his old housing project. This photo was taken in front of his old building in Tompkins Houses.
Courtesy of Shino Yanagawa

Life in public housing sometimes can be difficult, but it's also a lot like life anywhere — made up mostly of work, school, family and friends. Still, many who don't live in public housing have a negative image of those who do.

Two former residents are trying to change that.

Rico Washington is one of them. The 38-year-old with long dreadlocks and a neatly trimmed beard grew up in Kimberly Gardens public housing apartments in Laurel, Md. When he was younger he was embarrassed about where he lived, he says, and would have co-workers drop him off down the street.

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4:18pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Remembrances

'La Dolce Vita' Star Dies At 83

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:20 pm

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