Arts

3:29am

Wed February 5, 2014
Movies

An Oscar Nominee, But Unwelcome At Home In Cairo

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:47 pm

Khalid Abdalla, an activist and actor (The Kite Runner, Green Zone and United 93), and Ahmed Hassan protest in Jehane Noujaim's Oscar-nominated documentary, The Square.
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On a cool Cairo evening, the cast and crew of The Square put on an informal screening of the film for their friends. Many of them are in the documentary, which chronicles three years of political unrest and revolution centered on this city's now-iconic Tahrir Square; all of them experienced some part of the events that unfolded there.

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12:02am

Wed February 5, 2014
Kitchen Window

A Meal To Honor Early African-American Cookbook Authors

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:24 am

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The earliest African-American cookbook authors brought me back to a food career I thought I had left behind. Years ago, I was a pastry chef, but I changed course and went to graduate school for a doctorate in American history. Lately, I've been drawn back into the food world thanks to these authors and their determined pursuit of independence and equality through their cooking and writing.

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6:12pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Book Reviews

A Widow's Quiet Life Leaves Room For Sex, Guns And Literature

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 8:00 pm

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As of last week, what I knew about Beirut could fit in a sandwich bag. What I knew about being a blue-haired, 72-year-old woman, never mind a widow and a shut-in, was a whole lot less. Now, one week later, I'm much more informed, and I'm happy to encourage you to become so, too.

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4:50pm

Tue February 4, 2014
The Salt

Sweet Tooth Gone Bad: Why 22 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Day Is Risky

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 8:00 pm

Even seemingly healthful foods can contain unexpected spoonfuls of sugar.
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We've written lots lately about the potentially addictive qualities of sugar and the public policy efforts to limit consumption.

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1:32pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Monkey See

Does It Help To Get Angry At Someone With Addiction?

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:33 am

Candles, flowers and portraits lie in the rain outside Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment in New York City.
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Whom, exactly, does anger help when dealing with addiction? In the Washington Post's Style Blog, Philip Kennicott writes:

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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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12:48pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Television

'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:10 am

Borgen's heroine is Birgitte Nyborg, superbly played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Pilou Asbaek plays Don Draper-ish spin doctor Kasper Juul.
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The Danish television series Borgen about a female party leader who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister was a hit in its home country and in the U.K. It won numerous international prizes, and a cult following in the U.S. after its sporadic TV broadcasts — Stephen King named it his favorite piece of pop culture of 2012. The third and final season has just been released on DVD by MHz Networks, which also brought out seasons one and two.

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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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