Arts

5:53am

Sat January 4, 2014
Author Interviews

Lovebirds + String + Watering Can + Dog = Rube Goldberg Magic

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 2:38 pm

Rube Goldberg drew many of his devices, like this one for a machine that disposes of cigarette ashes, for his series, "The Inventions of Professor Lucifer G. Butts, A.K," published in Colliers magazine between 1929 and 1931.
Copyright Heirs of Rube Goldberg Abrams ComicArts

Many people know Rube Goldberg as an adjective — a shorthand description for a convoluted device or contraption. But Rube Goldberg was a real person — one who earned a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and who captivated imaginations with drawings of complex chain reactions that completed the simplest of tasks.

Goldberg died in 1970, but Jennifer George, his granddaughter, has collected the zany world he created in a coffee table book, The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius.

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4:43pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Arts & Life

'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:43 pm

You can't buy these panties at your local Victoria's Secret. While they mimic the look of that brand's Pink line, they're actually part of a project by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.
Courtesy of FORCE

Rebecca Nagle sometimes finds herself asking the question: What would Hugh Hefner say?

"The only sex that is good is when it's good for everyone," she says, laughing. "And I've only ever had good sex."

Hefner didn't actually say that. Nagle wrote it.

"But you can really imagine Hugh Hefner saying that," she insists.

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4:43pm

Fri January 3, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 9:10 pm

Members of Robert Falcon Scott expedition's at the South Pole pose for the camera: Robert F. Scott, Lawrence Oates, Henry R. Bowers, Edward A. Wilson, and Edgar Evans.
Herbert George Ponting Library of Congress

Jynne Martin is a poet who recently served as Antarctica's writer in residence.

If like many East Coasters, you had a miserable commute today through the blinding snow, just remember that it could be worse. You could've been one of the 74 passengers and crew aboard the ship trapped in Antarctica sea ice on Christmas Eve, who waited a week to be rescued, then got stuck again, enduring high winds, freezing cold, and what must have been a painful number of Crazy Eights games.

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2:40pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Book Reviews

A Critic Tours 'Echo Spring,' Home Of Beloved Boozy Writers

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:19 pm

nito100 iStockphoto

It's the quintessential "dog bites man" story. I'm talking about a new book I just read about a group of famous writers who — get this -- drank too much! I know, right? That's pretty much the equivalent of saying I just read a book about a group of famous writers who used commas in their sentences.

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12:15pm

Fri January 3, 2014
The Salt

'Cut Food': Take A Peek At The Beauty Inside Everyday Edibles

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 11:18 am

A hotdog and ice cream cone from Beth Galton and Charlotte Omnes' "Cut Food" series.
Courtesy of Beth Galton

Let's assume you've got a beautiful stuffed turkey, some time to kill and a hacksaw just itching to slice things apart. This could be the ingredient list for a real culinary disaster. But if you're Beth Galton and Charlotte Omnes, what you get is a peek inside the beauty baked into everyday foods.

They're the duo behind "Cut Food," a photo series that literally cleaves into edibles — hot dogs, ice cream, fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy — to reveal gorgeous geometric patterns tucked within.

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11:24am

Fri January 3, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Can One Girl Challenge The Traditions Of Her Village?

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 2:48 pm

"It doesn't matter, your background. What matters is what you take from the opportunity you're given, where you go with that." — Kakenya Ntaiya
Ray Ortega TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Overcoming.

About Kakenya Ntaiya's TEDTalk

Kakenya Ntaiya tells the fearless story of challenging ingrained traditions, insisting on continuing school, and becoming the first girl to leave her Maasai village for college.

About Kakenya Ntaiya

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11:24am

Fri January 3, 2014
TED Radio Hour

What's It Like To Be Young And Bullied?

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 2:48 pm

"I can't let my life be this. Because if I give up now, that's what my life will be. I'll never walk out the front door." — Shane Koyczan
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Overcoming.

About Shane Koyczan's TEDTalk

Shane Koyczan describes growing up endlessly tormented by bullies. When he turned to spoken-word poetry to cope, he found that millions related to his anti-bullying message.

About Shane Koyczan

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9:47am

Fri January 3, 2014
Monkey See

The 'Veronica Mars' Trailer Has Arrived

On March 14, just about a year after it was funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the Veronica Mars movie will come to theaters, and you can now see the trailer.

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9:25am

Fri January 3, 2014
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 10:59 am

Jonathan Coulton, Ask Me Another's versatile house musician, has a song to play for any occasion.
Steve McFarland NPR

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

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8:29am

Fri January 3, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Silly Questions Live, For Special Guests

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In part one of our live show from December, you heard us talk about culture and the end of the year, as we often do. You heard us explain what's making us happy this week — it was pretty much a regular show, with the addition of our terrific live audience.

This week, in part two, you'll hear something very different.

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