Arts

6:03pm

Fri December 5, 2014
This Week's Must Read

After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

J.G. Ballard didn't exactly predict California's current drought in his 1964 novel The Burning World (later renamed The Drought). But like so many of his books, it does carry eerie hints about humanity's accelerating race to stay ahead of nature.

The Burning World is part of a series of dystopian science-fiction novels that Ballard wrote in the 1960s before he became famous for works like Crash and Empire of the Sun.

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4:53pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Code Switch

Chris Rock On Standup, Sellouts And Defining Success

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:34 pm

Chris Rock talked with Audie Cornish from NPR's New York bureau.
Brian McCabe

Quick: Can you name your top five favorite singers? What about authors? And comedians? Chris Rock plays this game in his new movie, Top Five. The film, which Rock wrote, directed and stars in, tells the story of Andre Allen, a marquee comedian who has abandoned his standup roots for blockbuster film glory.

"He's languishing," Rock tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "He's not as edgy as he once was. He's kind of watered down; he's kind of sold out."

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1:42pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Movie Reviews

Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

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1:25pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Movie Reviews

A 'Wild' Trek Made A Bit Too Neatly

Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed in Wild.
Anne Marie Fox Fox Searchlight Pictures

With a backstory that includes heroin use and zipless you-know-whats, Wild is a daring foray for its star and producer, the usually prim Reese Witherspoon. As an excursion into the untamed stream of human consciousness, however, the movie is less bold.

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1:03pm

Fri December 5, 2014
50 Great Teachers

What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 2:09 pm

Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters.
The Kobal Collection

11:25am

Fri December 5, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Fine Art Of Deception

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 8:26 pm

An anamorphic installation portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate by French artist Bernard Pras.
From YouTube

Fooling the eye — with trick-niques like anamorphic sculpture, trompe l'oeil paintings and other optical illusions — is a centuries-old artistic pursuit.

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10:06am

Fri December 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft Part Ways Over The Nook

The metaphoric shadow of Microsoft passes, less hopeful than when it came.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Just over two years into a rocky partnership, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have decided to call it quits. The mega-bookseller announced Thursday that it plans to buy out Microsoft's stake in its albatross of an e-reader, the Nook.

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9:15am

Fri December 5, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Holiday Encores Edition

NPR

Here at PCHH HQ (PCHHQ?), we are hard at work preparing for our December 9th live show at Sixth and I in Washington. For that reason, we decided to bring you a couple of encore segments from past holiday editions of the show.

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8:41am

Fri December 5, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Dying Of The Light': A Disputed Production, A Disappointing Product

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 2:06 pm

Nicolas Cage stars as rogue CIA agent Evan Lake in the spy thriller Dying of the Light.
Lionsgate

It's been a rough few weeks for Dylan Thomas. If Christopher Nolan's repeated use of "Do not go gentle into that good night" to portentously hammer home the significance of Interstellar wasn't lamentable enough, now comes Dying of the Light, which, title aside, takes a somewhat subtler approach in its appropriation of Thomas' poem, but does so to no less disastrous results.

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5:02am

Fri December 5, 2014
Theater

Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:07 pm

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