Arts

1:03pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Book Reviews

'Black Snow' Is A Lyrical Landscape Of Hope And Menace

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:31 pm

Courtesy of Hachette Book Group

Former Dublin newsman Paul Lynch made his debut as a novelist a few years ago with a book called Red Sky in Morning, set in mid-19th century County Donegal, where a rage-driven farmer has committed a murder with devastating results. The Black Snow, Lynch's second novel, returns us to Donegal, though at a later date, and he's working at an even higher level of accomplishment than before.

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Come Sail Away

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

Inspired by the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, we rewrote the lyrics to the song "Sloop John B" so that the verses describe real or fictional sailing vessels.

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Game Show Or No Game Show?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

In this game, we read some real, and some made up game show descriptions from around the world. You have to yell "Game Show" if you think it's real, and "No Game Show!" if you think it's fake.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

The Ox Car Goes To

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:34 pm

The answers in this game are Oscar winners for Best Picture, except that we've changed one letter in each title. What iconic Woody Allen movie tells the story of the woman who invented the suburban shopping center? That'd be "Annie Mall."

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

You Call That An Ending?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:13 pm

In honor of the final episode of Mad Men, we consider some TV series that ended in very bizarre ways. For instance, which family matriarch sits with her typewriter in the basement, as a voiceover tells us that she never won the lottery?

Answer:

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Street Smarts

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

In Southern California, the car is king, and traffic is queen. In this final round, every answer is a common phrase or proper name that contain a type of roadway.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Matthew Weiner: No Longer Linda's Loser Husband

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:22 am

Matthew Weiner and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg.
Josh Rogosin NPR

When Matthew Weiner was working as a writer on the HBO series The Sopranos, a crewman walked up to him and said, "I heard you were the son of a doctor from Hancock Park. What are you doing here?" Weiner responded, "Well, I have what they call 'an imagination.' "

More than 15 years later, that imagination landed Weiner a hit series on AMC. To date, Mad Men has earned him seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Peabody and more.

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Like A Confused Boss

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

In this game, we give a sentence with an overly literal misuse of a common business cliché, and you give us the cliché. For example, "I really need you to force the flat rectangular paper container to move forward!" is "push the envelope."

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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10:13am

Thu May 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Harry Shearer, Voice Of Ned Flanders And Mr. Burns, Will Leave 'The Simpsons'

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:00 pm

Actor and writer Harry Shearer says he's leaving the cast of The Simpsons, the show he has been a part of since it first aired in 1989.
Dave J Hogan Getty Images

After 26 seasons of giving life to nincompoops, do-gooders, and even God, actor Harry Shearer has announced he'll be leaving The Simpsons. A stalwart of the show, Shearer has voiced central characters such as Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Reverend Lovejoy and Principal Seymour Skinner.

In a tweet sent in the wee hours of Thursday, Shearer said he was leaving "because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work."

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10:03am

Thu May 14, 2015
Book Reviews

'Millionaire' Tracks One Man's Fruitful Obsession With The Bard Of Avon

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 12:47 pm

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Emily Bogle NPR

Senators beelining for roll call at the U.S. Capitol, protesters brandishing signs on the Supreme Court sidewalk, guides mama-ducking tourists past the Beaux-Arts splendor of the Library of Congress — they don't always stop to note the elegant Art Deco low-rise tucked in alongside those showier landmarks. Andrea Mays thinks they ought to — and in The Millionaire and the Bard, a brisk chronicle of how William Shakespeare almost vanished into obscurity and how one obsessive American created the playwright's finest modern shrine, she makes a snappy, enjoyable case for why.

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