Arts

9:33am

Thu January 30, 2014
Monkey See

A Story About A Little-Known Song In A Little-Known Movie That Got A Big Oscar Nod

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:44 pm

The Oscar statue is seen at the entrance of the Hollywood & Highland Center before the 2012 Academy Awards.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Well, it's safe to say we're shocked — shocked — to find that Oscar campaigning was going on in here.

Tuesday night, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences — the Oscars people — rescinded the Best Original Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the movie Alone Yet Not Alone.

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8:15am

Thu January 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Two Poems By Greek Poet Sappho Discovered

An image of the ancient Greek poet Sappho.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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

  • Parts of two previously unknown poems by the Greek lyric poet Sappho have been discovered on an ancient papyrus. An anonymous collector happened to show the papyrus to the Oxford University classicist Dirk Obbink, who realized its significance.

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11:25am

Wed January 29, 2014
The Salt

Frogs And Puffins! 1730s Menus Reveal Royals Were Extreme Foodies

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:10 am

Britain's King George II: Snazzy dresser, adventurous eater.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You think 21st century foodies will go to great lengths for a culinary thrill? (Lion meat, anyone?) Turns out, they've got nothing on 18th century English royals.

Frogs, puffins, boar's head and larks and other songbirds were all fair game for the dinner table of England's King George II, judging by a chronicle of daily meals served to his majesty and his wife, Queen Caroline.

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11:23am

Wed January 29, 2014
Kitchen Window

Get Extra Points For Super Bowls Of Dips And Spreads

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Laura B. Weiss for NPR

I'm not a big football fan. However, I look forward every year to Super Bowl Sunday. Who can argue with a day that, let's face it, is as devoted to partying as it is to the matchup on the field. So every time another Super Bowl rolls around, we invite a bunch of friends over for some beer, some eats and, of course, some serious game-watching.

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7:34am

Wed January 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Nurse's Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Costa Award

Costa Book of the Year author Nathan Filer poses with his prize for his debut novel Tuesday in London.
Sang Tan AP

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

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7:02am

Wed January 29, 2014
Book Reviews

Allende Creates Realism Without The Magic In 'Ripper'

Chilean writer Isabel Allende is the author of 20 books, including The House of Spirits and City of the Beasts.
Lori Barra Courtesy of HarperCollins

I've been wanting to read Isabel Allende's work for years now, for the praise it's received as an exemplar of the magical realist tradition (which I love) and for its focus on the lives of women (which I applaud). So it's with some bemusement that I discovered my first experience with it would be a crime novel about a San Francisco serial killer.

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7:02am

Wed January 29, 2014
Book Reviews

Anna Quindlen Is (Still) The Voice Of Her Generation

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:04 pm

Courtesy of Random House

Back in the 1980s, Anna Quindlen's New York Times column, "Life in the 30s," delineated — with humor and grace — what so many of her fellow newly liberated female Boomers were going through: the complications of using your maiden name after you have children. Check. The challenges of balancing a career with parenting. Check. Grocery shopping with small children in tow, "an event I hope to see included in the Olympics in the near future." Check again.

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2:17pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Author Interviews

Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 2:48 pm

A boat skims through the melting ice in the Ilulissat fjord in August 2008, on the western coast of Greenland.
Steen Ulrik Johannessen AFP/Getty Images

In 2008, as scientists documented a record melt in the Arctic ice and Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth was in theaters, a half dozen major investment houses launched mutual funds designed to take advantage of financial opportunities offered by climate change.

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9:35am

Tue January 28, 2014
Monkey See

Pete Seeger And The Public Choir

Pete Seeger performs during a concert marking his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Much will be said and has been said about Pete Seeger, who died Monday at 94, as an activist and musician. Blacklisted, tireless, stubborn, and funny, he wrote a lot of songs that seem to have simply always existed: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "If I Had A Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn."

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7:22am

Tue January 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies At 74

Mexican writer Jose Emilio Pacheco poses for the photographers after the Cervantes Prize ceremony on April 23, 2010, in Madrid.
Carlos Alvarez Getty Images

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

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