Arts

12:48pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Author Interviews

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:09 pm

The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of having a child.
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When you're a parent — even when you're a miserably sleep-deprived parent — sometimes magical things happen in the dead of night. Jennifer Senior's son was 1 month old when, during a late-night feeding, he looked directly at her and cooed. "It was this recognition, like 'Oh, you're my mom,' " she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'd like to think that when I'm dying I'll remember that. ... Even in my depressive, sleep-deprived, hysterical, Looney Tunes state, I remember thinking that was just the bomb — that was magic."

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8:33am

Tue February 4, 2014
Monkey See

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part 1: 'American Hustle'

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:46 pm

7:15am

Tue February 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Fragment Of Jane Austen's Handwriting Found

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

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7:02am

Tue February 4, 2014
New In Paperback

Feb. 2-8: The Virgin Mary, The Prophet Muhammad And A Stalker Student

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 5:37 pm

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7:02am

Tue February 4, 2014
Book Reviews

A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing

Boris and Arkady Strugatsky coauthored the 1971 science fiction novel Roadside Picnic.
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A great truth is this: Some discoveries, like the sting of a painful memory, do a number on your psyche. Definitely Maybe accomplishes just that. It's one for those with a penchant for the strange, those drawn to the grim and the darkly funny — those, like myself, interested in the beautifully rendered pessimism of manic scientists. Never mind, just for a moment, the current state of science fiction. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, brothers, celebrated Russian geniuses, give it all in this dystopian gem. All and then some.

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5:14pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Movies

On Philip Seymour Hoffman, And His Many Appearances

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:16 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman at a screening of The Master, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, during the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
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4:52pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Television

A Viewing Guide For The Overwhelmed Olympic Fan

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:33 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Well, if you were to try to watch all of NBC's coverage of the Sochi games, it would be a lot of TV: 1,539 hours of programming. The network is serving up more coverage of the Winter Olympics than ever. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans has some advice for those sorting through it.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Watching the Olympics is like a Rorschach test. Years ago, you just turned on the TV and gobbled down whatever they dished up.

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2:51pm

Mon February 3, 2014
The Salt

Food Comics Turn 'ZAP' And 'POW' Into 'Sizzle' And 'Bubble'

Lucy Knisley's Relish is a graphic memoir about how she discovered her love of food and cooking.
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Comic book heroes don't have to wear brightly colored spandex or possess superpowers to capture readers' imaginations anymore. They can don toques and wield whisks instead.

A growing number of comic artists are focusing on what's on their plates, rather than dreaming up intergalactic showdowns and caped crusader capers.

So less ZAP, BOOM, POW. More sizzle, crackle, bubble.

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2:38pm

Mon February 3, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Poppin' Pebbles, A Fruity Pebbles Spinoff

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:39 pm

Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm get weird.
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For years, makers of kids' cereals have been upping the ante to get kids interested: hiding a toy surprise inside, adding multicolored marshmallows, setting bear traps in the cereal aisle. Now Post, maker of the classic Flintstones-themed Fruity Pebbles, has created "Poppin' Pebbles," an explosive Pop Rocks-cereal mashup.

Miles: This is the only cereal on the market that fizzes and foams in your mouth. Well, this and Cinnamon Rabies Crunch.

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1:57pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Remembrances

Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An 'Exhausting' And 'Satisfying' Art

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:21 pm

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday. He was 46.
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It's easy to lose yourself in Philip Seymour Hoffman masterful portrayals, but those performances were anything but effortless.

"Like any job," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2008, it could be exhausting. In our day to day lives, "we're not too introspective," he said. "We don't walk around our lives just constantly trying to delve into the understanding of ourselves unless you're in therapy or something. But that's what actors do, you know? We really explore ourselves and other people."

Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.

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