Arts

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

iStockphoto

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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

iStockphoto.com

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

5:50pm

Sat January 18, 2014
Author Interviews

'I'll Take You There': The Staple Singers' Rise From Church To Fame

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:36 pm

Mavis Staples performs at the 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival at in Portland, Ore.
Anthony Pidgeon Redferns via Getty Images

Today, the voices of Roebuck "Pops" Staples and his four children — Cleotha, Mavis, Pervis and Yvonne — are woven into America's DNA. As the Staple Singers, the family created a sound that was part blues, part gospel and part folk, breaking down musical walls and inspiring civil rights leaders.

Read more

1:10pm

Sat January 18, 2014
The Salt

And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:57 pm

To appeal to the high-rollers of the world, like the ones in The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, restaurants are doling out more expensive sides.
Mary Cybulski AP

There's a lot that's over the top about "The Wolf of Wall Street," the Oscar-nominated film that's up for best pictures. Including the side dishes.

Read more

11:35am

Sat January 18, 2014
Arts & Life

Sundance Festival Celebrates 30 Years Of Independence

Transcript

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Way back in 1985 when I was hosting WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, I found myself interviewing Robert Redford about a new film festival sponsored by the Sundance Institute. Redford was enthusiastic about his film festival, showcasing independent film. He described it as far from Hollywood.

ROBERT REDFORD: It's free from the meter ticking of money and people in suits walking around looking at watches.

Read more

11:15am

Sat January 18, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Gets Quizzed On The Future

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Eric Levin Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a series of presidential histories — covering Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Her book about Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals, helped inspire the movie Lincoln, and her latest book, The Bully Pulpit, is about Teddy Roosevelt.

Read more

9:09am

Sat January 18, 2014
Author Interviews

Living, And 'Forgiving,' In A Brilliant Writer's Orbit

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 11:35 am

Knopf

A lot of writers can be fairly easily stereotyped. They write stories about dysfunctional families, star crossed lovers, endearing losers; they write historical fiction, literary fiction or crime novels. But Jay Cantor's body of work defies categorization. His fiction has been inspired by topics as wide-ranging as the revolutionary life of Che Guevara and the comic strip world of Krazy Kat.

Read more

8:01am

Sat January 18, 2014
Movies

'Lunch' Gets Boxed Out: India's Oscar Pick Controversy

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:58 pm

Through a delivery accident, Saajan Fernandes (Irrfhan Khan) begins a correspondence (and love affair) with a despondent housewife in The Lunchbox.
Courtesy of Sony Classics

The nominations for the Oscars were announced this week, and while many of the big contenders, such as 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, weren't a surprise, there were some controversies in different categories. Top among the film-world controversies was India's submission for best foreign language film, The Good Road, a drama about a truck driver in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

Read more

Pages