Arts

7:12am

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Maker Of 3-D Printed Guns Has A Book Deal

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 11:29 am

An all-plastic gun fires a bullet in this screenshot from a video made by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
ATF

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

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7:02am

Thu January 23, 2014
Book Reviews

All The Varieties Of Love And Madness, On Display In 'Carthage'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 7:58 pm

Ecco Books/Harper Collins

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Joyce Carol Oates has outdone herself. This year she will have brought out three books of fiction — a new volume of novellas this past autumn, a new book of stories coming out this spring, and just now a new novel, a feat that testifies to the prodigious nature of her imagination and the unstoppable force of her writing powers.

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6:35pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Movie Interviews

'Boyhood' And 'Happy Valley' Are Sundance Standouts So Far

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 10:02 am

The Sundance Film Festival is underway — actors, directors, studio executives and autograph hounds have converged on Park City, Utah, where dozens of independent movies and documentaries are being showcased during the 10-day event. Los Angeles Times arts and entertainment writer Steven Zeitchik, who has been binge watching films at the festival, takes a short intermission to tell NPR's Melissa Block about some of his picks.

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5:37pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Media

Does It Matter That Lena Dunham Was Photoshopped By 'Vogue'?

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 5:42 pm

This screen shot shows Jezebel's breakdown of Vogue's photo of actor Lena Dunham.
Jezebel

The latest round in the battle over body image, a dust-up between the upstart online magazine Jezebel and the Conde Nast giant Vogue, may be going to Vogue.

Jezebel accused Vogue of digitally altering images of HBO sensation Lena Dunham, who famously insists on displaying her real, somewhat rounded shoulder and chin on her own show, Girls.

Jezebel jumped on the Vogue covers, which streamlined some of those features. Jezebel offered $10,000 for the un-retouched images.

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1:25pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Author Interviews

Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 3:29 pm

A lot of self-help books have simple formulas. They promise 30 days or 10 easy steps to having thinner thighs, landing a spouse, having a great sex life, starting a new life after divorce, climbing the corporate ladder while dressed for success, and, of course, finding inner peace. And while many swear by the power of their favorite self-help philosophy, there are still a lot of skeptics.

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1:24pm

Wed January 22, 2014
The Salt

Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 4:22 pm

Long John Silver's has gained some notoriety in the past for serving up what the food police dubbed the most unhealthful meal in America. (aka heart attack on a hook.)

But the fast-food chain is out to change its reputation. One step in this new direction: a quick transition from partially hydrogenated oils that contain bedeviled trans fats. Today, the chain announced it is moving to a 100 percent soybean oil that is trans-fat free.

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12:00pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Book Reviews

New Mavis Staples Biography Will 'Take You There'

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:33 pm

There are vocalists, there are singers and then there are voices — the first aims for the ear, the second for the brain, the third for the heart. A voice turns a composition into an emotional experience. And each time we have that experience, it's the depth of the connection that we remember. Frank Sinatra was a voice. So too were Marvin Gaye, George Jones and Billie Holiday. Aretha Franklin is a voice. So is Bob Dylan. And so is the Staple Singers' Mavis Staples.

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8:06am

Wed January 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Kenyan Writer Comes Out In Defiance Of Anti-Gay Laws

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:17 pm

Binyavanga Wainaina, editor of Kwani?, in 2003 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Khalil Senosi AP

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

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7:48am

Wed January 22, 2014
Kitchen Window

Sea Scallops: A Winter Treat From Maine's Chilly Waters

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:52 am

Laura McCandlish for NPR

A joy of living in Maine is year-round access to bountiful, relatively affordable, ultra-fresh seafood. Sure, there's the ubiquitous lobster, especially plentiful come summer.

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7:02am

Wed January 22, 2014
Book Reviews

Music And Chemistry Are An Explosive Combination In 'Orfeo'

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:47 pm

W.W. Norton

Richard Powers, whose novels combine the wonders of science with the marvels of art, astonishes us in different ways with each new book. His 11th, Orfeo, is about a 70-year-old avant-garde composer who has sacrificed family and fortune to his relentless pursuit of immortal, transcendent music.

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