Arts

7:21am

Mon January 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Wants To Ship Products Before You Even Buy Them

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 1:34 pm

An employee prepares an order at Amazon's fulfillment center in San Bernardino, Calif.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:02am

Mon January 20, 2014
New In Paperback

Jan. 19-25: A Twitter Star, An Infamous Murder And Arab World Intimacy

Jeffrey MacDonald before a hearing on July 7, 1970, on the murder charges against him. Errol Morris' book suggests that, despite his conviction, MacDonald was not guilty.
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5:19pm

Sun January 19, 2014
Movie Interviews

How Breakthrough 'Captain Phillips' Actor Connected To The Role

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 6:43 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

"Captain Phillips" is one of those films, a true life story of war and drama. It's based on the story of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. Five years ago, pirates attacked the freighter ship off the coast of Somalia. The film star is Tom Hanks as the title character, Captain Richard Phillips, and Barkhad Abdi as the man who leads the charge to capture the ship and crew.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS")

BARKHAD ABDI: (As Muse) Look at me.

TOM HANKS: (As Captain Phillips) Sure.

ABDI: (As Muse) Look at me.

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5:19pm

Sun January 19, 2014
Arts & Life

Can You Bank On Making Movies Destined For The Oscars?

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:59 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. Did you notice a theme running through the Oscar nominees for Best Picture?

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "12 YEARS A SLAVE")

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR: (As Solomon Northup) I was born a free man, lived with my family in New York...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (As character) Good for you, man.

EJIOFOR: (As Solomon Northup) ...until the day I was deceived...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: This is Solomon.

EJIOFOR: (As Solomon Northup) ...kidnapped, sold into slavery.

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11:30am

Sun January 19, 2014
Arts & Life

Chilean Soap Star Shines In 'Gloria'

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 11:59 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Chilean soap actress Paulina Sanchez is another performer who understands that success can take a long time. Ms. Sanchez has worked on stage and appeared in soap operas in Chile since the 1980s. This year, she stars in the title role of her very first feature film. It's called "Gloria," directed by Sebastian Lelio. The director keeps the camera close on Sanchez as she portrays this hardworking divorced mother of two in her late 50's, who's trying to navigate her life, a life full of unmet expectations.

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8:15am

Sun January 19, 2014
Sunday Puzzle

Three B's Bring You To One

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 1:30 pm

NPR

On-air challenge: Name a word that, when combined with three words beginning with the letter B, completes a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "brew," "body" and "base," you would say "home" (home-brew, homebody, home base).

Last week's challenge: Name a familiar form of exercise in two words. Switch the order of the two words, then say them out loud. The result, phonetically, will name something to wear. What is it?

Answer: Tae Bo, bow tie

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8:15am

Sun January 19, 2014
Author Interviews

'Death Class' Taught Students A Lot About Life

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 11:59 am

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Plenty of college courses delve into the big philosophical questions of life, but Norma Bowe's class was different. For years, the nurse and college professor taught a class that forced students to confront death head-on — there were poems about death, trips to cemeteries and funeral homes, and "goodbye letter" writing assignments. At its core, the class became an opportunity for students to try to come to grips with the death or pending death of a loved one in their own lives.

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8:15am

Sun January 19, 2014
Poetry

Life's Minutiae Gain New Magnitude In Dunn's 'Lines' Of Poetry

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 9:16 am

Poems dwell in an ambiguous space, shelved somewhere between fiction and fact, imagination and experience. Even when poems seem wholly authentic, we can't assume they're accurate — after all, "poetic license" is the catch-all excuse for blurry lines between truth and fabrication.

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7:02am

Sun January 19, 2014
You Must Read This

A Half-Century Later, Fearing's 'Big Clock' Still Ticks On

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 2:50 pm

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Even if you've never read Kenneth Fearing's noir novel The Big Clock, it's likely you already know its basic story and its biggest twist: the book was (very) loosely adapted as the popular (and pretty excellent) 1987 thriller No Way Out, starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman and Sean Young.

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5:16am

Sun January 19, 2014
The Salt

Cooking With Conifers: An Evergreen Trick That's Newly Hip

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

Gabrielle Hamilton prepares pine needles at Prune Restaurant in New York City.
Julia Gillard

If you still have your Christmas tree up in your living room because you just can't bear the thought of throwing out all that fine pine scent, then you may be an evergreen addict. If you still have it up because you're too lazy to take off the ornaments, then you may be a hoarder, but that's another post.

Fear not, conifer connoisseurs. You don't have to wait for the holidays to surround yourself with spruce. American chefs from coast to coast are using evergreens to develop unique flavors in dishes, from white fir and sorrel broth to pine needle vinegar to smoked mussels.

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