Thu March 13, 2014
Ask Me Another

Yahoo, Seriously? With Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Jakub Mosur

Who's a "dead guy with crazy hair because he invented physics"? In this game, The New York Times' tech columnist Farhad Manjoo and his opponent try to identify historic figures from dubious Yahoo! Answers descriptions.

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Thu March 13, 2014
The Salt

Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:47 pm

JuJu Harris is the author of The Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook. A former recipient of government food assistance, she now teaches healthy eating skills to low-income families in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of Molly M. Peterson

JuJu Harris didn't set out to write a cookbook, but then again, she didn't set out to accept public assistance to feed her son, either. Harris always wanted to work with nature.

"My dream job was, I was going to grow up and be a national park ranger," she says. It didn't quite work out that way. She drifted from job to job in Oakland, Calif., where she was born. At 32, she joined the Peace Corps, traveling to Paraguay to help local farmers improve their crops.

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Thu March 13, 2014
Monkey See

A Peek At The New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black'

Taylor Schilling in a scene from Netflix's Orange Is The New Black.
Jessica Miglio Netflix

We don't know a whole lot about the upcoming season of Orange Is The New Black, but Netflix put out three images today that might give you something to at least chew on. It certainly appears that we'll be picking up where we left off, in a very immediate sense.

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Thu March 13, 2014
Monkey See

Hal Douglas, The Voice Of Many, Many Movie Trailers, Dies At 89

Movie trailers have changed a lot, and if you show a teenager now a trailer from (for instance) 1997, it will seem almost comedically anachronistic and corny.

But this is how, for many years, we got excited about the movies. And these growly narrations — which were recently the subject of Lake Bell's fine comedy In A World — were a big part of that excitement.

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Thu March 13, 2014
Monkey See

First Novels: Under The Gavel Of A Book Auction

This series on first novels continues with a look at the book auction: what triggers one, how one is organized, and what running one is like. Previous posts covered how agents fall in love with books and how editors acquire them.

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Thu March 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Former Factory Worker Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

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

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Thu March 13, 2014
Book Reviews

American Jazzmen Swing Overseas In 'Shanghai'

Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The thing about historical novels is that above all else, they must stand as good fiction. If not, the reader's supposed trip back into the past isn't worth the time or the token. The writer must give the feel and flow of the time in question in a manner that seems natural; characters on a street corner shouldn't remark to themselves about all of these 1922 motor cars rolling past, nor Roman legionaries point out that an axe is bronze when it should be steel.

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Wed March 12, 2014

Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 8:14 pm

Andy Karl stars in the musical adaptation of Rocky, the story of an underdog boxer who gets a shot at the world championship. "You have to honor, I think, the integrity of what the original film is, but not be constrained by it," says Rocky producer Bill Taylor.
Matthew Murphey Polk & Co.

Rocky: The Musical. Really?

Producer Bill Taylor says even the show's creators didn't buy the idea at first. "If you speak to all of the authors and all of the creative team, their instinctive reaction, when first hearing about Rocky becoming a musical, ranges from incredulity to plain crazy," he says.

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Wed March 12, 2014
The Salt

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:01 pm

Philip James, Chairman of CustomVine, and Kevin Boyer, President and CEO of CustomVine, film a video to promote The Miracle Machine, which turns water into wine with the use of an app.
Courtesy of The Miracle Machine

Think a machine that can turn water into wine is too good to be true? Well, it turns out, it is.

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Wed March 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:41 am

Scoot McNairy (left) and Lee Pace star in AMC's upcoming show Halt and Catch Fire.
Tina Rowden AMC

Television show creators are peering into the geeky and moneyed world of computer programmers with a new comedy from HBO and a drama from AMC, both debuting this spring.

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