Arts

2:03pm

Tue February 18, 2014
New In Paperback

Feb. 16-22: A Secret, A Controversy And A Catcher's Career

Retired Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza's new autobiography, Long Shot, addresses the steroid controversy and recalls the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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2:00pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Monkey See

On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:24 pm

Stephen Colbert visits The Tonight Show for Jimmy Fallon's debut --€” and pays up the $100 he bet that Fallon would never host it.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

When Jimmy Fallon first stepped up to lead a late-night talk show in 2009, he looked like a teenager trying to drive his dad's Ferrari: a good kid who was out of his depth.

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1:32pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Author Interviews

Teens Rehearse For Adulthood In Wolitzer's 'Interestings'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:03 pm

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Teen years are sort of a "rehearsal" for adulthood, author Meg Wolitzer tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, and that's particularly true at the performing arts summer camp where her latest novel begins. It's 1974, and the main character, Jules, a newcomer to the camp, is invited into a circle of 15- and 16-year-olds who nickname themselves β€” with knowing irony β€” The Interestings.

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1:09pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Television

With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:03 pm

Jimmy Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show on Monday. "I hope I do well," he told the audience. "I hope that you enjoy this."
Theo Wargo Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Opening nights of new incarnations of late-night TV talk shows are good, mostly, for first impressions β€” or, in the case of Jay Leno, sometimes a second impression. It's not fair to make strong judgments on the content alone, because a first show always is top-heavy with ideas, special guests and nervousness. But it is fair game to judge the set, the environment, the overall mood, and how well the host fits into the history of late-night television.

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11:04am

Tue February 18, 2014
The Two-Way

In Act Of Protest, Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed At Miami Museum

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:47 am

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Colored Vases" is shown on display in December at the Perez Art Museum Miami. One of the vases in the exhibit was smashed Sunday.
Zachary Fagenson Reuters/Landov

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery β€” except perhaps when imitation takes the form of smashing a vase by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei valued at $1 million.

Miami artist Maximo Caminero claims he did it "for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," according to the Miami New Times.

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7:13am

Tue February 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: J.K. Rowling's Second Crime Novel Coming Out In June

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 7:32 am

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

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7:03am

Tue February 18, 2014
Book Reviews

'A Burnable Book' Is Fragrant With The Stench Of Medieval London

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 5:35 pm

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I fell into a state of dazed puzzlement at the start of this book, whose first chapter includes a remote century's bitter winter, "sour ale" in an "undercroft tavern," the stink of Newgate Jail, French secret agents, a wild-haired preacher and conversations in Italian and French as well as English.

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5:03am

Tue February 18, 2014
Arts & Life

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:03 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The children's author Roald Dahl died almost 25 years ago, and yet, today you can find more musical adaptations of his work than ever.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

"Matilda" is a hit on Broadway. A musical version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is running in London's West End.

GREENE: Over the weekend, the London Philharmonic Orchestra debuted the newest adaptation of Dahl's work, a classical piece for children based on a collection of poems called "Dirty Beasts."

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3:31am

Tue February 18, 2014
Movies

Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:03 am

Rayon (Jared Leto) and Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) are fellow AIDS patients smuggling alternative medications into the U.S. in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc VallΓ©e.
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5:57pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Monkey See

The Beauty Of Spilling Your Sad Teenage Guts

I read Pam Ribon's Notes To Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share In Public in a few sittings, but the longest stretch I consumed where one should ideally read this book: in a bubble bath. The calming atmosphere is good for the anxiety that comes from seeing a woman excavate her teenage brain, the vulnerability builds the empathy it takes to understand how terrified all these boys she was writing to must have felt, and if you get too mortified for her, you can always elect to go down the drain with the bathwater just to escape.

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