Arts

5:02pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Movie Reviews

Moving Through Middle Age, With A Song In Her Heart

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 2:38 pm

Paulina Garcia was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actress at last year's Berlin International Film Festival for her role in Gloria.
Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

The Chilean matron at the heart of the wonderfully unsettling comedy Gloria looks like any ordinary woman confronting the familiar dilemmas of late middle age. For other reasons, though, you may feel as though you've met her before.

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4:45pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Salt

Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

4-MEI, a chemical created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown, is under new scrutiny.
iStockphoto

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of a chemical compound classified as a possible human carcinogen in many popular brands of soda.

The findings have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to take a new look at the compound, 4-methylimidazole — or 4-MEI for short. It is found in the caramel color that soda makers use to dye the drinks brown.

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3:46pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Found Recipes

From Down Under, A Paprikash To Warm You All Over

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 5:32 pm

This paprikash recipe may be well-traveled — from Hungary to Australia — but its belly-warming comforts haven't changed a bit.
Courtesy of HarperCollins

For many people, paprikash means winter. After all, it's a dish fit for cold, gray days: A belly-warming mix of meat and spices, it's the perfect cure for the doldrums of late January.

For Merelyn Chalmers, though, the classic Hungarian casserole recalls someone far dearer: her mother, Yolanda. A survivor of Auschwitz, Yolanda had rebuilt her life in Perth, Australia, after the war. "My mum was Hungarian," Chalmers explains. "We ate paprikash probably five nights a week. This was something that she just threw together when I wasn't feeling well."

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12:28pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Author Interviews

Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:58 pm

Ann Patchett is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her other books include Truth & Beauty, The Magician's Assistant and Run.
Heidi Ross Courtesy of Harper

The title essay of Ann Patchett's latest book, This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage, isn't exactly what it sounds like. It's actually the story of an unhappy marriage that ends quickly in divorce and results in a strongly defended refusal to marry that lasts many years. But eventually, it does lead to the happy marriage.

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10:55am

Thu January 23, 2014
The Salt

An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:41 pm

Students prepare fish cakes that will be part of a free dinner offered at Parkside Neighborhood Center in Portland, Maine.
Courtesy of Samantha Laster

Portland, Maine, native Hollis McLaughlin's recollection of his mother's fish cookery produces a wistful expression as he takes a bite of the fish cakes given to him as part of the regular Wednesday night meal he is served free of charge at the Parkside Neighborhood Center.

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9:22am

Thu January 23, 2014
Monkey See

Thanks For The Fan Service, But What About The Story?

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Empty Hearse."
Robert Viglasky PBS

[Caution: This piece contains information about the season premieres of Sherlock and Community, along with a little bit about a very unfortunate side trip on Lost.]

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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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