Thu February 20, 2014
Monkey See

If You Like The Old 'About A Boy,' You May Not Like The New 'About A Boy'

Benjamin Stockham as Marcus and David Walton as Will in NBC's adaptation of About A Boy.
Jordin Althaus NBC

If you're familiar with the Nick Hornby book or the 2002 film of About A Boy, you will find that what has been kept in the new TV adaptation, coming Saturday night in a preview to NBC, is the clichéd skeleton of the story: a lazy, glib bachelor befriending the child of a single mom and learning how not to be such a selfish baby. Child-averse jerk and wisecracking moppet: a well-worn dynamic that animated, among other things, the early stages of Two And A Half Men.

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Thu February 20, 2014
Black History Month: #AfroGlobal

New Show Challenges Idea That 'Nobody Cares About The Caribbean'

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 3:49 pm

Zahra Burton is the Host and Executive Producer of 18 Degrees North.
Dave Cross Bloomberg

Former Miss Jamaica Universe Zahra Burton enjoyed being a local reporter in Kingston, but always dreamed of reporting in America. So she moved to the U.S., earned a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, and began an internship at Bloomberg. "Luckily for me, my dream came true," she tells NPR's Michel Martin.

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Thu February 20, 2014

Author James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Bookstores

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 12:43 pm

James Patterson writes suspense and thriller novels as well as children's books. He runs the children's literacy campaign ReadKiddoRead.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy Little, Brown and Co.

James Patterson, the best-selling author of thrillers and romance and young adult novels, has pledged to give away $1 million of his personal fortune to independent booksellers around the country. Today, he announced the names of the dozens of booksellers who are receiving grants in the first round of his big giveaway.

The money is heading toward smaller bookstores, which are under pressure from competitors like Amazon and e-books. Patterson's own books are big sellers everywhere — he doesn't depend on small bookstores to succeed. But his giveaway is driven by a broader concern.

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Thu February 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 12:58 pm

Author James Patterson, pictured in 2011 in New York City, says independent bookstores are "vital to our future as a country."
Janette Pellegrini Getty Images for Disney Publishing

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

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Thu February 20, 2014
Book Reviews

A Cautionary Tale For Aspiring 1-Percenters In 'Young Money'

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 10:17 am

In Young Money, Kevin Roose poses many important questions about the lives of newly minted Wall Streeters, but perhaps none more important than this: "What if Wall Street doesn't just attract pre-existing douchebags, but actively draws normal people into an inescapable vortex of douchebaggery?" For Roose, it's not just a glib rhetorical exercise. Over the course of three years, the New York Times contributor recruits and interviews eight anonymous first-year bankers for details of their experiences in the notoriously opaque, reputedly douchebaggy world of high finance.

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Thu February 20, 2014
The Salt

The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 9:23 am

Benny Bunting, a farm advocate for Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, in front of one of his old chicken houses in Oak City, N.C.
Dan Charles NPR

After reading Christopher Leonard's The Meat Racket, a broadside against the contract-farming system, I decided to take a closer look at it.

I drove to North Carolina and ended up in the kind of place that supplies practically all of our chickens: a metal-sided, 500-foot-long structure near the town of Fairmont.

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Wed February 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Washington's Corcoran Museum To Be Taken Over By National Gallery

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:09 pm

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, seen here in 2005, plans a partnership with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University that would see both its large collection and its iconic building taken over.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The oldest private art museum in Washington is poised to be taken over by the National Gallery of Art, according to a plan to disperse much of the museum's holdings and turn its art college over to George Washington University. The plan was publicly unveiled Wednesday.

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Wed February 19, 2014
The Salt

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 7:34 am

Do these chickens look medicated?

In an age when consumers want transparency in how their food is produced, meat producers are under the microscope.

And the meat industry is responding: Antibiotic-free chicken is showing up everywhere you look.

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Wed February 19, 2014
Book Reviews

Deadpan Debut Novel Asks 'Why Are You So Sad?'

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:42 pm


You'll find Raymond Champs, senior pictographer, seated in Row 8, Pod D, where he draws, day in, day out, instruction manuals for assembling furniture starring Mr. CustomMirth, the mascot of an Ikea-like furniture company called LokiLoki. Raymond may strive to give Mr. CustomMirth's potato shaped body the right amount of whimsy each day. But whimsy, or any type of feeling related to happiness, is what's missing from Raymond's life. And he suspects he's not the only one.

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