Arts

7:15am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Does Anyone Actually Finish Thomas Piketty's 'Capital'?

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:18 am

French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, in Paris.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

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

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3:19am

Mon July 7, 2014
Author Interviews

Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

Rainbow Rowell lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
Augusten Burroughs St. Martin's Press

Rainbow Rowell writes conventional fiction unconventionally. They're romances, but there's no meeting-cute, or ripping bodices — the people in them seem real.

Rowell got a lot of attention last year for her best-selling young adult romance, Eleanor & Park, about a half-white, half-Korean boy who falls in love with an overweight white girl. Her newest novel, and her second for adults, is called Landline.

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5:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Movie Interviews

The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:48 am

Aaron Swartz was heavily involved in the popular 2012 campaign to prevent the passage of the federal Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
Quinn Norton Falco Ink Publicity

Aaron Swartz was a programmer, a hacker, a freedom of information activist — and a casualty of suicide.

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5:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
My Big Break

After Assault, Woman Finds Hope And Career In Restorative Justice

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:28 am

Lorenn Walker, now a lawyer, was assaulted in 1976 in an alley near this hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii.
Robyn Pfahl

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.

Lorenn Walker works to help both victims and offenders after crimes are committed. She's a restorative lawyer from the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, where she focuses on violence prevention and works on re-entry programs for prisoners.

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5:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:51 pm

By 1967, Lee Grant was back. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the Best Picture winner In the Heat of the Night. She also featured in the cult classic Valley of the Dolls.

When the actress and director Lee Grant was still just a New York City schoolgirl named Lyova Haskell Rosenthal, she was already surrounded by the arts. Her mother and aunt were obsessed with the men and women of the silver screen.

"They spoke all the way up here like this, like rich ladies talked," she tells NPR's Kelly McEvers, elevating her voice. "And so my voice was like that too. I was a bird imitating the birds. And so it was their kind of imaginary world that I was raised in, and it was part delicious and part confusing."

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8:10am

Sun July 6, 2014
Games & Humor

If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

NPR

On-air challenge: Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare

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7:55am

Sun July 6, 2014
Author Interviews

'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's summer time, when all that hard work putting in the garden really pays off. But some of the hard work might've been for nothing. The garden is a place filled with old wives tales and unscientific advice. For instance, have you ever been told that rusty nails planted with hydrangeas will turn the flowers blue? That myth is busted in a new book by horticulturalist C. L. Fornari. It's called "Coffee For Roses And 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening." C. L. Fornari, welcome to our program.

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7:55am

Sun July 6, 2014
Afghanistan

In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NPR's international correspondents cover wars, politics and global trends. But sometimes we also ask them to tell us about their lives in the field and the extraordinary people they meet. Here's a postcard sent to us from NPR's Philip Reeves in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

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7:55am

Sun July 6, 2014
Author Interviews

From Expensive To Unholy, Mistakes Are 'Just My Typo'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

A new book called "Just My Typo: From Sinning With The Choir To The Untied States" - this book features some classical and hilarious misspelling, failures to punctuate, things that have been gleaned from historical texts, major media publications - NPR not included - here's one from a magazine cover. Rachel Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog. Drummond Moir is the collector of these gems and also a book editor. He joins me from our London bureau. Drummond Moir, welcome to the program.

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5:14pm

Sat July 5, 2014
Author Interviews

Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

Playwright and writer Samuel Beckett, shown here around 1970, wrote Echo's Bones at his editor's request — only to have it cut from his first collection.
Reg Lancaster Getty Images

Playwright and author Samuel Beckett, who died 25 years ago, wrote lasting works of literature like Waiting for Godot and Endgame. But a previously unpublished short story of his — now being released for the first time — was not so appreciated.

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