Mon March 24, 2014
Author Interviews

A Homecoming, Minus The Nostalgia, In Cole's Unsparing 'Thief'

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 6:46 pm

Teju Cole is also the author of Open City.
Teju Cole

"Like it or not, America has softened you" — such are the words of welcome to the unnamed narrator of Teju Cole's Every Day Is for the Thief. The young man is on a trip to his home country of Nigeria, and as he visits his family and friends in Lagos, what he finds isn't quite what he expected: He's pressed for bribes at every turn. He tries to reconcile Nigeria's history with the museums that appear to avoid it. He sees the "Yahoo boys" at an Internet cafe, tapping out scam email messages.

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Mon March 24, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: We Tackle The Army's 'Pork Rib' MRE

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 1:50 pm

Designed by a Michelin four-star general

We got our hands on an MRE — a "Meal, Ready to Eat" from the Department of Defense. It's a real marvel of engineering. In one flat bag, there's an imitation McRib, clam chowder, a couple of drinks, and some trail mix, and some note about how by eating this you consent to joining the Marines. All in one flat bag!

Special Guest Mike Pesca: This meal disgusts me more before 8 a.m. than most meals disgust me all day.

Miles: I'm going to imitation eat this imitation pork rib.

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Mon March 24, 2014
Monkey See

Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Chapters 11-20

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:44 pm

A family prepares to leave Oklahoma for California in 1939, just as the Joads did in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
Russell Lee Library of Congress

We made it to California! And if you're reading along, you, like us, are two-thirds of the way through John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. So it's time again for us to gather and share our thoughts.

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Mon March 24, 2014
Author Interviews

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:43 pm

Bob Mankoff/The New Yorker Collection/Condé Nast

Bob Mankoff has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker ever since 1977 and now, as cartoon editor, he evaluates more than 500 cartoons submitted to the magazine each week.

Mankoff is proud of the many cartoons that have been published under his aegis. "Sometimes I take my aegis out of my drawer just to admire it," he writes.

His most well-known cartoon shows an executive looking at his desk calendar, saying to someone on the phone: "No, Thursday's out. How about never — is never good for you?"

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Mon March 24, 2014
Arts & Life

Spring Into #TMMPoetry

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:20 pm



Switching gears now. It is almost April and that means it is time for TELL ME MORE's annual tribute to National Poetry Month. This is the fourth year of our Muses and Metaphor series. Throughout the month we will combine two of our passions - poetry and social media. We ask that you hop on Twitter and tweet us your original poems. Poems using no more than 140 characters of course. If you are not quite sure how all this works, take a listen to some of our favorite submissions from last year.

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Mon March 24, 2014
The Salt

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:45 pm

Here's one way to get students talking about global affairs: Teach it through food.

It's often said that the closest interaction many Americans have with other countries' cultures is through food. That kind of culinary diplomacy is particularly common in Washington, D.C., where immigrants from all over the world have cooked up a diverse food scene.

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Mon March 24, 2014
Monkey See

Ugh: 'Good Wife,' Bad Idea

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:13 pm

Josh Charles as Will Gardner and Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sherma on The Good Wife. In a word, "Ugh."

[CAUTION: Do not, under any circumstances, read any farther unless you want to know what happened on Sunday night's The Good Wife. Do not say you were not warned.]

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Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Hitler As A Comedian? Comic Novel Tests Limits Of Humor

Adolf Hitler, pictured delivering a speech circa 1936.
Keystone/Getty Images

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

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Sun March 23, 2014
My Big Break

To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 7:37 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Sun March 23, 2014
Author Interviews

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:27 pm

Courtesy of Beacon Press

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

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