Arts

4:02pm

Wed January 1, 2014
Book Reviews

Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure' Is An Unambivalent Success

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:10 pm

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Random House

Meg Wolitzer's most recent novel is The Interestings.

What's potentially more troubling than a memoirist out for revenge? One who's only out for truth. Gary Shteyngart's dazzling, highly enjoyable book is the story of his life — a story that he owns, along with all the details. Yet, as an only child who immigrated from Leningrad to Queens with his parents in 1979, with no brothers or sisters to provide narrative distraction, he not only provides an intimate look at himself, he also by necessity put his parents under a fairly strong magnifying lens.

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10:00am

Wed January 1, 2014
Remembrances

The Incredible Versatility Of Photographer John Dominis

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 1:59 pm

Butterfly breeder Carl Anderson with monarch butterflies on his face, 1954
John Dominis Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Photographer John Dominis died Monday at age 92 and left behind one of those archives that are hard to comprehend. Over the course of a few decades at Life magazine, Dominis not only worked in just about every photographic genre but also seemed to have mastered them.

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7:02am

Wed January 1, 2014
New In Paperback

Dec. 30- Jan. 5: Tsunami Survival, A Tokyo Diarist And The Vietnam War

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 9:44 am

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7:02am

Wed January 1, 2014
You Must Read This

Crossroads And Coins: Naomi Mitchison's 'Travel Light'

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 10:10 am

When I was 7 years old, living in a flat overlooking Hamra street in Ras Beirut, I read The Hobbit. I fell in love with it. I memorized all the songs and made up tunes to them; I memorized all the riddles and asked them of whoever would listen; I made up my own adventures in Mirkwood, my own encounters with Gandalf and Beorn and the Elves. I also read everything I could about Tolkien, and went in search of anything else he'd written. I decided that I too would be a writer, and that I would start with poems and work my way into fiction the way he did.

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3:04am

Wed January 1, 2014
Media

In Troubled Magazine World, 'La Hulotte' Is One Rare Bird

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 11:42 am

Pierre Deom has been writing and illustrating La Hulotte since 1972. He released his 100th issue (lower right) in November.
Francois Nascimbeni AFP/Getty Images

The journalism world may be in crisis, but one magazine in France has been steadily gaining subscribers for 40 years. It's a nature journal called La Hulotte, and twice a year it focuses on an animal or plant indigenous to the French countryside. The magazine published its 100th issue in November. It has more than 150,000 subscribers in many countries and is doing terrific financially.

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4:13pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Monkey See

Screen Time: Bob Mondello's Favorite Films Of 2013

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 6:56 pm

Lea Seydoux plays Emma in the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche.
AP

Conventional wisdom has it that television is where the creative action is these days, and yes, there are some terrific shows on cable.

But there are things it's hard to do on the small screen, and the year's most cinematic film delighted in reminding audiences why they like seeing movies in theaters.

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3:26pm

Tue December 31, 2013
The Salt

A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:40 pm

Judge Michael Zusman's bialys are topped with roasted onions, poppy seeds and coarse salt.
Daniel Zwerdling NPR

There are two important things that you learn about Michael Zusman, baker and co-author of The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, when you bake with him.

First, his real job has nothing to do with bread or writing recipes: He's a trial judge. "Full time," Zusman says. "Wear a black robe every day."

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2:51pm

Tue December 31, 2013
The Salt

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:39 pm

Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process?
Victor Bezrukov Flickr.com

2:48pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Faith Matters

Elizabeth Smart Shares About Her Faith And Kidnapping

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 8:45 am

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2:48pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Books

Nikki Giovanni Chases Beer And Family

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 8:45 am

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