Arts

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

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7:02am

Tue January 28, 2014
New In Paperback

Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Bridges And James Salter

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 11:51 am

Stanley McChrystal's new memoir, My Share of the Task, recounts lessons from his years in the military.
Penguin Books

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7:02am

Tue January 28, 2014
Book Reviews

Conflict And Colonization Under Alien Ice In 'A Darkling Sea'

A Darkling Sea, James Cambias' first novel, is the perfect action romp for people who miss old-fashioned stories of planetary colonization. It has all the gee-whiz wonder of a classic space opera tale, complete with weird aliens. But it also reflects contemporary concerns like environmental contamination, and the political problems that can arise from first contact between very different civilizations. The result is an exciting, if ultimately flawed, tale of first meetings between alien groups.

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3:44am

Tue January 28, 2014
Author Interviews

'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember The Ladies'

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 8:20 am

Deborah Franklin defended her home against a mob that was angry about the Stamp Act.
Courtesy of Harper

In 2004, Morning Edition contributor Cokie Roberts published a book about the ways in which the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of America's Founding Fathers helped forge the nation. Now she's back with an illustrated version aimed at children. It's called Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies.

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5:56pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'The Guts,' By Roddy Doyle

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:17 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

"The Commitments" was the first novel from Irish writer Roddy Doyle. The story introduced us to a young Dubliner named Jimmy Rabbitte, the founder of a neighborhood soul band. Subsequent books stayed with the Rabbitte family, detailing life's trials as they've aged. Well, now a new novel and we have the story of a middle aged Jimmy Rabbitte recovering from cancer surgery.

Alan Cheuse has our review.

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5:56pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Book Reviews

A New Look At George Eliot That's Surprisingly Approachable

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:17 pm

English novelist George Eliot (1819 - 1880), pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, poses for a photograph.
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Meg Wolitzer's latest novel is The Interestings.

I have to admit that the first time I tried to read Middlemarch by George Eliot, I ended up putting it aside after only 20 pages. My teenage self, feeding heavily at the time on Pearl S. Buck and Go Ask Alice, found the novel difficult and dry. But then one day, when I was older and more discerning and less antsy, I tried again, and this time I was swept in. This time, I guess I was ready.

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4:16pm

Mon January 27, 2014
All Tech Considered

For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:17 pm

In their effort to make their animations seem more realistic, the Next Media team models various facial expressions it will use in a piece. These are models of singer Leslie Cheung.
Elise Hu NPR

3:19pm

Mon January 27, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The White Castle Slider

Sliders come in five-packs, or as White Castle calls them, "swarms."
NPR

Time magazine recently named The White Castle Slider the Most Influential Burger of All Time, above the McDonald's burger, the Burger King Whopper, and President Millard P. Burger, the first all-beef president of the United States.

Ian: I guess it's better than when the White Castle Slider won Time magazine's Person of the Year.

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12:51pm

Mon January 27, 2014
The Salt

Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 5:26 pm

A worker at New York's Kings County Distillery, which opened in 2010. Before going legit with the operation, co-founder Colin Spoelman (not pictured) learned to make moonshine in his Brooklyn apartment without a permit.
Courtesy of Valery Rizzo

Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply.

"We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.

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12:48pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Author Interviews

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 1:45 pm

It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists when Benito Mussolini's party ruled over Italy in the 1920s and '30s. But in The Pope and Mussolini, David Kertzer says the historical record and a trove of recently released archives tell a very different story.

It's fascinating, Kertzer tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "how in a very brief period of time, Mussolini came to realize the importance of enlisting the pope's support."

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