Arts

4:35pm

Thu November 28, 2013
Arts & Life

Thanksgiving Tale: 'A Fountain Of Snake'

In an annual tradition, writer Bailey White spins a fictional tale of love and life. This year's entry is about a woman dying of cancer who is attended to by a series of old boyfriends, each of whom contributes some sort of minor service. The story ends with a symbolic event at an old hollow tree in the woods, where a coiled snake meets a violent end.

7:03am

Thu November 28, 2013
Books

Get Cracking On That Novel — NaNoWriMo Is Almost Over!

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 1:05 pm

National Novel Writing Month — or NaNoWriMo — ends November 30th, and writers around the world are scrambling to meet the 50,000 word goal.
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The deadline is looming for "wrimos" — writers challenged to clock in a 50,000 word novel by November 30th.

"We're the largest writing event in the world," says Grant Faulkner, executive director of the Berkeley-based non-profit NaNoWriMo — short for National Novel Writing Month. "People's to-do list revolves around food and shelter, but I would say that creativity is a necessity of life, so we need to do what we can to nurture more creators in the world."

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5:18pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Arts & Life

Dear Amy: How Do I Deal With My Family For The Holidays?

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

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Let's face it, while Thanksgiving get-togethers can be joyful, they can also be stressful. And if you're gearing up for a family gathering right now, you're likely awaiting the arrival of a few loved ones who may be a little hard to love sometimes.

Knowing that, we've called on Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated column "Ask Amy," for some advice on how to get through the holiday. Hey there, Amy.

AMY DICKINSON: Hi, Audie.

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5:18pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Movies

For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

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

Frozen storyboard image.
Walt Disney Pictures

Watching a living creature slip, stumble, get squashed or just thwack an enemy can be a blast. Because as Charlie Chaplin said: "In the end, everything is a gag."

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2:05pm

Wed November 27, 2013
The Salt

Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 4:45 am

To make a flaky pie crust, start by measuring out 12 ounces (by weight) flour, 8 ounces firm butter and 4 ounces ice water. Keeping it cool is key.
Phil Mansfield CIA

Those of us slaving over pecan and pumpkin pies ahead of Thanksgiving already know that pie-making season is decidedly in full swing. And on a segment for Morning Edition airing Thursday, host David Greene and I discuss the best advice for pie-making newbies. Really, it comes down to this:

Baking is not like cooking a stew or soup. Bakers can't take as many liberties — adding a pinch of this or that.

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1:10pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Monkey See

About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold!

Joel Hodgson poses with Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, two of his "robot friends."
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This is a big week for Mystery Science Theater 3000, or as big a week as can be had for a show that's been off the air since the waning days of the 20th century. The show first aired a quarter of a century ago this past Sunday, and the 25th-anniversary volume (XXVIII, if you're keeping Roman score of the ongoing DVD releases and not the anniversaries) hit shelves on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thursday marks the return of an MST3K Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Day marathon.

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12:19pm

Wed November 27, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:13 pm

The Beatles on the stairs of NEMS — North End Music Stores, Brian Epstein's Liverpool record shop — having just signed a management deal, in 1964.
Mark and Colleen Hayward Getty Images

England got a lot more of The Beatles than Americans did during the group's formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, Pop Go the Beatles. They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts.

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11:16am

Wed November 27, 2013
Monkey See

Why Are Bruce Springsteen's Album Covers So ... Ugly?

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 2:19 pm

Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes album cover fits a disturbing trend.

On Monday morning, national treasure Bruce Springsteen announced that he'll release a new studio album two weeks into the new year. For dedicated fans like me, the announcement was full of curious details to pick over and discuss: Three songs, including the the title track, "High Hopes," were not written by Springsteen. Tom Morello, who's been playing with him on tour and whom The Boss calls "my muse" in the announcement, plays guitar on eight.

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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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