Arts

10:32am

Fri February 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Does Less Stuff Mean More Happiness?

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:16 pm

Graham Hill says we need to declutter our lives.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Graham Hill's TEDTalk

Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.

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10:09am

Fri February 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

What Happens When We Slow Down?

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:16 pm

Carl Honoré says we need to slow down if we want to enjoy life.
Robert Leslie TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happiness.

About Carl Honoré's TEDTalk

Journalist Carl Honoré believes our society's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their modern lives.

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8:20am

Fri February 14, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Tiny Plastic Men And The Teenage Blues

NPR
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We're encased in ice as we prepare to send you this show, but when we taped it, our hearts were warm from enjoying The Lego Movie, also known as "I'm sure it's good, but is it really that good?" We'll try to get to the bottom of whether it really is that good, and we'll talk about the super-terrific Chris Pratt, the wonderful Will Arnett, and whether — as has already been suggested — this might be one of the truly great Batman movies.

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7:12am

Fri February 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Penguin India Defends Decision To Yank 'The Hindus'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:42 am

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

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5:33pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Movie Reviews

Into An 'Adult World,' With A Quirky Coterie To Assist

Emma Roberts is an aspiring poet, and John Cusack a played-out one, in the quirky comedy Adult World.
IFC Films

In the opening scene of Adult World, a modestly scaled comedy of the sort that littered the prime-time landscape before TV and film traded places, we meet Amy (Emma Roberts), a poet-yet-to-be with her head in a plastic bag. A poster of Sylvia Plath trembles with significance on her bedroom wall.

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5:03pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Movie Reviews

A Zombie Plague, But It's Covered By Your Health Plan

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:19 am

Kate (Emily Hampshire) treats the victims of zombie attacks — among them her husband, Alex (Kris Holden-Reid), in a world where medication can keep the zombie-bitten human, but supplies may be running low.
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5:03pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Movie Reviews

Two Exiles, Digging Through The Past For Clues To Their Present

Georges Devereux (Mathieu Amalric) and James Picard (Benicio Del Toro) develop a bond as doctor and patient in an intriguing film from French director Arnaud Desplechin.
Nicole Rivelli IFC Films

"It's strange living in a place where people are so sick," observes the title character in Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian. James Picard (Benicio Del Toro) is talking about the Topeka clinic to which he's traveled, from his home in Montana, for treatment. But his comment also applies to the world outside the institution's walls.

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5:03pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Movie Reviews

'RoboCop' Remake, As Mechanical As Its Cyborg Hero

Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a Detroit cop brought back from the brink of death — as a cyborg supercop built for reducing crime and increasing profit.
Kerry Hayes Sony Pictures

Gotta feel a little sorry for director José Padilha, tasked with taking over an action-classic remake that had been stuck in development for years — and that fans of the much-admired original eyed with considerable skepticism.

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3:09pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Book Reviews

Robert Frost's Letters Reveal: He Really Cared What Readers Thought

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:32 am

Courtesy of Belknap Press

On July 4, 1913, Robert Frost wrote to his good friend John Bartlett, describing his strengths as a poet: "To be perfectly frank with you I am one of the most notable craftsmen of my time. ... I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense."

Frost was 39 years old when he wrote those words. Despite the hubristic and self-assured tone, he had published one book of poetry, A Boy's Will, and was relatively unknown in literary circles.

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1:51pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Television

In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:51 pm

Eleven-year-old Jaron "Bear" Williams practices trumpet before marching in his first Mardi Gras season. The Whole Gritty City follows young student marching bands as they prepare for coveted spots in the New Orleans parade.
Courtesy of CBS

There are times when television really does try to put its best foot forward — promoting a new fall season, for example. But it's an almost twisted rule of TV that sometimes, the better a television offering is, the more likely it is to be shown when even the network presenting it doesn't think many people will be watching.

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