Arts

9:57am

Thu July 10, 2014
Ask Me Another

Nice Outfit

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:07 am

We're not sure if Prince would be into a girl wearing a "Raspberry Foulard." In this game, we've replaced songs featuring articles of clothing and accessories with more hilarious ones.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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9:57am

Thu July 10, 2014
Ask Me Another

Something Special In The Air

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:07 am

What does the painting American Gothic and a "continental" breakfast have in common? They both contain names of airlines. Grab your boarding pass and get ready for take-off in this quiz.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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9:57am

Thu July 10, 2014
Ask Me Another

Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:07 am

Doug Liman.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

Since his earliest films, director Doug Liman has been a rule breaker. He shot Swingers in increasing order of what scenes were most likely to get him arrested. When he made The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Liman treated the multi-million dollar productions like a film school, figuring out every last detail out on the fly.

And in his latest film, Edge of Tomorrow, Liman stays true to that belief, as he cast Tom Cruise in a role he's never taken on before: an inept, cowardly soldier.

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8:55am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

Revelers try to keep ahead of the horns during a running of the bulls Thursday at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

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

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7:03am

Thu July 10, 2014
Book Reviews

An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:31 am

When a writer passes before her time, readers and fans often mourn not only the loss of her presence in the world, but the loss of the words she may yet have written. Such was the case when, in 2006, speculative fiction writer Octavia E. Butler died unexpectedly at her home in Seattle. Butler is one of the most celebrated authors in the genre, her novels and short stories regularly graced with Hugo and Nebula awards. She was the first speculative fiction writer to receive the MacArthur "genius grant," a prize whose name perfectly summarizes Butler's work: She was a genius.

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3:24am

Thu July 10, 2014
Fine Art

For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:30 am

Apples and Cakes (Pommes et gateaux) by Paul Cezanne, 1873-1877.
Christie's Images Limited Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation

Pablo Picasso once said that the great 19th-century French painter Paul Cezanne was "the father of us all." Cezanne's distinctive brush strokes, and the way he distorted perspective and his subjects, influenced the cubists, and most artists who came after him. In Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation is showing a group of still-life paintings by Cezanne.

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4:11pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Book News & Features

In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:10 am

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. A fight between Amazon and the publishing company Hachette is getting nastier. Amazon suggested that while talks between the two companies continue, Hachette authors could get 100 percent of the sale price of their e-books. As NPR's Lynn Neary reports, it was an offer Hachette was quick to refuse.

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2:46pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Television

'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:02 pm

The threat is both viral and vampire in The Strain, a show about the sudden outbreak of a disease that kills most of its victims — then begins to mutate them into another species entirely.
Michael Gibson FX

They say every generation gets the science fiction it deserves, built around its biggest and most primal fears. Well, maybe they don't say that — but they should. In the '50s, all those movies about mutant giant monsters going berserk were a way for us to channel our fears about the atomic bomb. In the same way, in that same decade, all those body-snatcher movies were about being unable to tell friend from foe, or trust even your closest loved ones — the perfect paranoid parable for the Communist witch-hunting era.

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2:40pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Salt

Play With Your Food: The Kandinsky-Inspired Fine Art Food Challenge

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:35 pm

Kazimir Malevich/Tretyakov Gallery; Beth Novey/NPR

We love to have fun with food, and as you may recall, we recently told you about a scientific experiment showing that people who ate a salad arranged like a Kandinsky painting said it tasted better and was worth more money than a typical pile of greens.

The experiment inspired us to challenge you to tweet pictures of your food as fine art. And boy, you delivered.

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12:57pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Monkey See

Social Media Meltdowns Highlight The Power Of The Audience

Anthony Cumia, at an April event commemorating 20 years of The Opie & Anthony Show, was fired after a series of racially charged tweets.
Cindy Ord Getty Images Entertainment

At first glance, Adam Richman and Anthony Cumia might not seem to have much in common.

True enough, they are media stars who took a hard fall thanks to untoward comments on social media. Richman, a host on the Travel Channel, saw the debut of his new show delayed indefinitely after an online spat led him to suggest one critic commit suicide.

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