Arts

10:59am

Wed November 27, 2013
Books

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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8:26am

Wed November 27, 2013
Kitchen Window

Even In Winter, Let Salads Reflect The Season

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 7:24 pm

Laura B. Weiss for NPR

When the days would grow shorter and the weather would turn wintry, I used to find myself despairing over the quality of salad fixings at my local market. Limp, tired lettuce. Pale tomatoes as hard as potatoes. Cucumbers with skins like buffalo hides. So I'd stop making salads altogether, until springtime rolled around and the first crop of tender young greens would show up at my local farmers market.

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7:06am

Wed November 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 1640 Psalm Book Nets $14.2 Million At Auction

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 9:30 am

A copy of the Bay Psalm Book, which was printed in 1640 in Massachusetts. It was sold Tuesday at Sotheby's in New York.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

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

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7:03am

Wed November 27, 2013
Book Reviews

A Travel Writer, Lost In An Undiscovered Country In 'Land Across'

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:55 am

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Imaginary countries, from Swift's Laputa to the far lands in the works of Borges and Ursula K. Le Guin, countries we'd do better to just enjoy than try to find on a map — these strike us as mostly places it's better to visit than to live in.

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5:15am

Wed November 27, 2013
Business

It Still Isn't Easy, But Independent Bookstores Are Doing Better

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 3:36 pm

With another holiday shopping season on the horizon, one group of retailers is doing better than you might expect. Despite intense competition from Amazon and big box retailers, independent bookstores are enjoying a bit of a renaissance.

Robert Sindelar, managing partner at Third Place Books in Seattle, says for a couple of decades independent booksellers have been fighting an uphill battle, but now things are finally improving.

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5:03pm

Tue November 26, 2013
Movie Reviews

Solid 'Frozen' Puts A Fresh Sheen On An Old Story

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 10:04 am

After her Snow Queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) traps the kingdom in an endless winter, Anna (Kristen Bell) gathers a gang of offbeat buddies to break the spell.
Walt Disney Pictures

The new animated musical Frozen is based — sort of, hypothetically, in theory, or at least according to the Disney studio — on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen.

Not in ways anyone would notice, however, and not in ways that will in any way distract moviegoers from thinking about the other works that seem to have influenced its creators; unlike in many animated movies, the borrowings aren't so much in-jokey as structural. Homages, of a sort, and fun to spot.

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4:15pm

Tue November 26, 2013
Book Reviews

Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 7:13 pm

Iryna Denysova iStockphoto

Mark your calendars: According to some scholars, the next time it might happen is the year 79,811. I'm talking, of course, about the hybrid holiday of Thanksgivukkah, a melding of Thanksgiving and the Jewish Festival of Lights. The Borsch Belt-style Pilgrim jokes and mishmash recipes (turkey brined in Manischewitz, anyone?) are flying around the Internet; but since Jews are frequently referred to as "the People of the Book" and Pilgrims pretty much lived by the Book, Thanksgivukkah seems to me like the quintessential (stressful) family holiday to celebrate by escaping into a book.

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4:09pm

Tue November 26, 2013
The Salt

In Vermont, A Wild-Game Church Supper Feeds The Multitudes

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:32 pm

Adventurous carnivores from all over New England have been flocking to the Wild Game Supper in Bradford, Vt., for almost 60 years. The fare at this year's event included beaver, boar, moose and buffalo.
Herb Swanson for NPR

The wild-game supper has traditionally been a way for rural America to share the harvest before winter sets in. Food historians trace the ritual back to Colonial times, when families had to hunt in order to eat well, and some providers were better shots than others.

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3:54pm

Tue November 26, 2013
Code Switch

Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:44 pm

Hence We Come, by Norman Lewis
Courtesy of The Kinsey Collection

Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.

"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. "I own all her family and the leave taking would be so distressing that I could not."

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3:21pm

Tue November 26, 2013
NPR Story

At STREB Action Lab, Dance and Physics Collide

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

If you're headed to the ballet this season, chances are to hear something like the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker," this season's dance blockbuster as usual. But dance doesn't always sound this sweet. Sometimes it sounds more like this.

(SOUNDBITE OF PLEXIGLAS SLAMMING)

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