Arts

10:10am

Thu December 5, 2013
Ask Me Another

'The Very Thought Of You': Nellie McKay Channels Doris Day

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 12:51 pm

Nellie McKay.
Rick Gonzalez
  • Web Extra: Hear our interview with Nellie McKay, plus a duet with Jonathan Coulton

10:10am

Thu December 5, 2013
Ask Me Another

Gone To The Dogs

This game is rather simple: each answer contains the name of a dog breed. For example, the Simon & Garfunkel song that begins, "I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told," is "The Boxer." Of course, as house musician Jonathan Coulton will tell you, a boxer is a breed of dog, as well as a person who boxes. The song is not, however, about a person who puts things in boxes.

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10:10am

Thu December 5, 2013
Ask Me Another

Not On The List

There are songs that express heartfelt emotions, telling stories of love or loss that are both universal and deeply personal. Then there are songs that are pretty much just lists of things. This game covers those songs, though house musician Jonathan Coulton and VIP Nellie McKay have cheekily swapped out some of the items. Raindrops on roses and what on what, again?

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10:10am

Thu December 5, 2013
Ask Me Another

Bad Things Come In Threes

It has been noted that many of history's notorious assassins had three names: John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman. It turns out that many other famous people with three names have committed far lesser (but still disturbing) acts, like popularizing the mullet or basically inventing cat videos. Guess the celebrities as host Ophira Eisenberg leads this game.

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7:43am

Thu December 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at a 2009 event in New York unveiling a new version of the Amazon Kindle.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:22pm

Wed December 4, 2013
Code Switch

Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor'

Rafael Amaya plays drug lord Aurelio Casillas on El Señor de los Cielos.
Billy Coleman Telemundo/NBC Universal

Telemundo recently announced that its telenovela El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for a second season; production began this week in Mexico City. This resurrection sets it apart from almost every other telenovela because, unlike American soap operas, telenovelas have a clear beginning and a definitive ending, airing for a set number of episodes.

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1:18pm

Wed December 4, 2013
The Salt

Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:26 am

Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, snaps the end off a mushroom in a Washington, D.C.-area park. When broken, the inside turns blue, identifying it as an inedible species of bolete.
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The first heavy rains of the season fell two weeks ago at Salt Point State Park, on the northern California coast, and now ranger Todd Farcau is waiting anxiously for the forest floor to erupt with mushrooms.

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12:09pm

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Norman Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Sells For $46 Million At Auction

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 2:06 pm

Norman Rockwell's 1951 painting Saying Grace sold for $46 million Wednesday — a record for the artist.
AP

Three Norman Rockwell paintings sold for a combined total of nearly $58 million at a Sotheby's auction Wednesday. The three paintings, which had long been displayed in a Massachusetts museum named for the artist, were among 10 Rockwell works sold at auction today.

By far, the star of the bunch was the 1951 masterpiece Saying Grace, which sold for $46 million — a record for Rockwell's art. The price includes a buyer's premium. The AP says the artist's previous record of $15 million had been set by Breaking Home Ties at a 2006 Sotheby's auction.

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7:08am

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Manil Suri Takes Bad Sex In Fiction Award

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 7:22 am

Author Manil Suri missed his chance to meet Joan Collins, who presented this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award at a ceremony in London.
Courtesy of Nina Subin

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:06am

Wed December 4, 2013
Monkey See

The Top 5 Reasons We're Taking A Break From Lists

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:30 am

This Christmas, NPR Books would like to find something other than lists in our stockings.
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You love lists. We love lists. Everyone loves lists. And in the past five years, NPR has brought you more than 80 year-end book lists — the best book club books, the best cookbooks, the best gift books, the best guilty pleasures. We listed. You clicked. Everyone was happy.

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