Arts

3:25am

Fri January 3, 2014
Architecture

Bjarke Ingels: An Architect For A Moment Or An Era?

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:25 am

Ingels stands in the middle of what will become a giant, twisted wedge of an apartment building in New York City.
Dan Bobkoff For NPR

In a business that's often poorly paid and anonymous, 39-year-old Bjarke Ingels has become something rare, especially at his age: a "starchitect" in demand.

Now, the Danish architect, who has museums, apartment buildings and parks around the world, is taking his talents to New York City.

'Cracks In The Asphalt'

Models fill his firm's New York City office, including a design for a public pier in Brooklyn that looks like a sea creature.

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6:18pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Art & Design

Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:38 pm

Other exhibits on display at the Museum include "Silicon Body Part Piercing Displays," "Cambodian Menu Photo Rejects" and "New York City Tip Jars."
Naho Kubota for Mmuseumm

Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, Museum and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.

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6:18pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Book Reviews

'Before I Burn' Uses Autobiography To Tell A Crime Story

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:14 am

Burning House
John Rich iStockphoto

My favorite crime novels always combine more than one genre. Like a detective mystery that's really psychological. Or a police captain who happens to be a gourmet. Honestly, most travel books don't even get going until a body or two is discovered.

In the case of Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll, the mashup is suspense meets memoir. It sounds a little gimmicky, but I promise it's absolutely not. Instead we have a semi-autobiographical novel that's poetic, gripping and at times even profound.

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5:03pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Movie Reviews

In 'Open Grave,' Plenty Of Open Questions

Josie Ho plays a character called Brown Eyes, who's the only one with any memory of what has transpired — but who can't communicate with the others.
Vermes Kata Tribeca Film

It's never a good sign when a character in a mystery has to give a speech at the end explaining exactly what's just happened. You know, just in case the story itself didn't actually manage to make it clear.

Sure, Hitchcock gets away with it at the end of Psycho, but only because the whodunit portion of that movie isn't the thing that makes it so great. Also, he's Alfred Hitchcock; the masters can get away with breaking some rules, because they can make up others that work just as well.

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3:49pm

Thu January 2, 2014
The Salt

Cork Versus Screw Cap: Don't Judge A Wine By How It's Sealed

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 6:18 pm

Winemakers are increasingly turning to screw caps. Now consumers are learning to get over their prejudice for cork, too.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Step aside, cork.

If you're a wine drinker, you've probably noticed that screw caps are no longer considered the closure just for cheap vino. Increasingly, bottles of very good wines are unscrewed, rather than uncorked.

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2:51pm

Thu January 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:17 pm

While counting Netflix's microgenres, Madrigal discovered the streaming service's favorite adjective: romantic. It appears in 5,272 categories.
Robert Sullivan AFP/Getty Images

In the old days, a movie genre was a simple, communal category: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama. One had to locate oneself in the Drama aisle at the video store and then look for just the right thing: A dark road trip movie with a strong female lead? Aha, Thelma & Louise.

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1:14pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Author Interviews

Visible And Invisible: 'Servants' Looks At Life Downstairs

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 5:28 pm

Early 20th century British maids worked long, hard days with little time off.
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

Many Americans were introduced to the world of early 20th century British servants through the PBS series Downton Abbey, which premieres its fourth season Sunday. The show is set in an era when domestic service was the largest single occupation in Great Britain.

"In 1900, it was calculated to comprise a third of all women who were in the workforce," writer Lucy Lethbridge tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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12:07pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Beauty Shop

Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

9:03am

Thu January 2, 2014
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Day 9: Ophira Eisenberg, The 1980s Girl Guide

Isn't she cute?
Astrid Eisenberg Courtesy of Ophira Eisenberg

This is the ninth day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

Yes, this is Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg, circa 1980, as a Girl Guide.

What's a Girl Guide, you ask? We'll let Ophira explain:

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5:33am

Thu January 2, 2014
Television

Malcolm Jamal Warner On Growing Up On 'The Cosby Show'

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:52 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you ever watched "The Cosby Show," you know this voice well.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE COSBY SHOW")

MALCOLM JAMAL WARNER: (as Theo) You know dad's cooking is really delicious. I just wish he wouldn't tell us what's in it.

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