Arts

3:25pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Salt

The Search For The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Can Be Such A Grind(er)

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 8:31 am

Doug and Barb Garrott assemble a Lido 2 grinder at their home in Troy, Idaho. They've spent the past three years perfecting their design for the hand-cranked machine.
Jessica Greene

In the tiny town of Troy, Idaho, Barb and Doug Garrott have spent the past three years perfecting a machine that could change the morning routines of coffee drinkers all over the country: a $175 hand-cranked coffee grinder.

It's called the Lido 2, the first run of 500 has already sold out on preorder, and coffee aficionados are asking for more.

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12:47pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Performing Arts

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:15 pm

Over the course of Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) metamorphosed from a high school chemistry teacher to a notorious outlaw.
Ursula Coyote AMC

In the 2008 pilot of AMC's Breaking Bad, high school teacher Walter White fails to interest his chemistry students in the study of change. But over the course of the series, Walt himself came to exemplify radical change, using his knowledge of chemistry to become a master meth cook, and transforming himself into a notorious outlaw who was willing to kill, when necessary, to keep his operation running.

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10:02am

Thu March 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Foodie Favorites, Part III: Dessert

Start with a musical game that "Sounds Delicious," then find a challenge in "Crisp Game Arenas"— and identify dishes from anagrams. For a palate cleanser, enjoy a final round that is all about water.

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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10:02am

Thu March 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Foodie Favorites, Part II: Dinner

Hear Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport dish about his dislike of the term "foodie" and play a game based on fast food Yelp! reviews. Plus, mash up foods and bands at the "Soft Rock Cafe."

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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10:02am

Thu March 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Foodie Favorites, Part I: Brunch

Dig in as we revisit "Breakfast Cereal Haiku," a game that puts a poetic spin on your favorite childhood cereals, and "Natalie Portmantoast," in which we mash up celebrities with the names of foods.

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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9:50am

Thu March 27, 2014
Monkey See

'Tell Me Two Things Good': A Happiness Experiment

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:16 pm

One of my old pals used to come walking into a room at the end of a long day, sigh, look around, and say, "Tell me two things good." They could be big things, small things, anything — he had to hear two things, and they had to be good things, and you had to think of them right away.

Wednesday night, I asked Twitter this crucial question. Here are some of the responses.

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7:31am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Shaken, Stirred: Ian Fleming's Racy Love Letters To Be Sold

Ian Fleming, best-selling British author and creator of James Bond, is seen in this 1962 photo.
AP

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

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7:03am

Thu March 27, 2014
New In Paperback

March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

Cover of The Alchemists

*Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.

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2:57am

Thu March 27, 2014
Theater

At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

In 1961, South African playwright Athol Fugard put black and white actors on stage together in his breakout play Blood Knot. He's pictured above in the 1970s.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Under apartheid, trying to make an artistic political statement was difficult — artists were subject to scrutiny and even arrest. On the other hand, making a political statement was easy: All one had to do was put black and white actors on a stage together.

That's exactly what South African playwright Athol Fugard did back in 1961 with his breakout play Blood Knot. His newest play, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, is now onstage at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

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5:38pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Books

In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:14 am

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Atavist Books

Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, Sleep Donation, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.

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