Arts

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.
Courtesy of Lucy Knisley

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.

Read more

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.
NPR

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.

Read more

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.
Evan Agostini Getty Images

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.

Read more

11:35am

Mon February 3, 2014
Monkey See

Not-stalgia: Why I Don't Miss 'Seinfeld'

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:34 pm

Getty Images

I remember laughing occasionally at Seinfeld. I'm pretty sure there's tape of me somewhere, probably on a podcast, acknowledging that it's good. Because of peer pressure.

I don't like Seinfeld, I don't miss it, and every time I'm asked to participate in some sort of acknowledgment of its greatness, or its place in the pantheon, I feel myself cringe and lie and say I understand, but I am here to tell you, and then never to be so cowardly again: I don't understand.

Read more

10:03am

Mon February 3, 2014
Monkey See

Philip Seymour Hoffman And The Blessings Of Friction

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 3:42 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman, seen here in November, died Sunday.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

It is already a cliche, born in the past 18 hours, for a writer to puzzle over the task of remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday. It is indeed hard to figure out what to say about an artist quite so universally admired, and quite so kindly spoken of with such consistency.

Read more

7:11am

Mon February 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: J.K. Rowling Says She Regrets Matching Ron And Hermione

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:20 am

Say it Ain't So! Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling now says that beloved characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, played by Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (seen in 2011), shouldn't have wound up together.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

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

Read more

5:22am

Mon February 3, 2014
Remembrances

Philip Seymour Hoffman On His Portrayal Of Willy Loman

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:43 am

Many famous actors have played the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Philip Seymour Hoffman became the fifth actor to play the harried, 63-year-old Loman on Broadway. (Steve Inskeep's conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman initially aired on April 12, 2012 on Morning Edition).

3:30am

Mon February 3, 2014
Theater

'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:43 am

Fantasia Barrino, the American Idol winner who went on to play the lead role in Broadway's The Color Purple, was among the rotating roster of guest stars in After Midnight, a Broadway revue celebrating Harlem's legendary Cotton Club and the stars who performed there.
Matthew Murphy

7:06pm

Sun February 2, 2014
Remembrances

Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 2:53 pm

Hoffman (left) and Eddie Marsan, in a scene from the film God's Pocket, released in January.
Lance Acord AP

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

Hoffman was steeped in his profession — in film, on stage, in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

In 2005, he won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote. The movie focuses on Capote's interviews with two murderers on death row for his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood.

Read more

6:42pm

Sun February 2, 2014
Around the Nation

Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming?

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 2:25 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

This week, NPR has been reporting on the effects of the fracking boom in the area known as the Bakken. Williston, North Dakota, offers a haven for a new working class. Tens of thousands of newcomers have flocked to the oil field over the past five years. The region is flush with high-paying, low-scaled work. It's bringing a lot of economic development, and some are hoping it can bring cultural development too. Montana Public Radio's Dan Boyce has the story.

Read more

Pages