Arts

4:44pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries

Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 6:31 pm

At a Human Library event at the Santa Monica Public Library, a police detective "book" talks to two "readers." Human Library events and projects, which are held at libraries across the country, allow participants to "check out" volunteers and have conversations about their life experiences.
Annie Wyndham Solomon (Wynsolo Photography) Santa Monica Public Library

What's the point of a library in the digital age? It's a question that makes librarians bristle. They are quick to remind you that they are not just repositories for printed books and DVDs. Regular patrons know this, but public libraries want to reach beyond the faithful. To that end, many librarians are finding creative ways to get people through the doors despite their limited resources.

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4:38pm

Tue August 13, 2013
The Salt

Chipotle Is Keeping Its Meat Antibiotic-Free After All

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:26 pm

For a few hours Tuesday, it appeared that Chipotle Mexican Grill, an ever expanding source of fast food for the ethically conscious consumer, had softened its hard line against antibiotics in meat production.

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12:39pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Television

'Orange' Creator Jenji Kohan: 'Piper Was My Trojan Horse'

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 1:32 pm

Jenji Kohan, seen here on the set of Orange Is the New Black, began her writing career on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Ursula Coyote Netflix

A lot of people have been binge-watching the new Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, which is set in a minimum security women's prison.

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8:55am

Tue August 13, 2013
Monkey See

On 'Doomsday Castle,' If Armageddon Doesn't Get You, Your Tractor Might

Brent, Jr. in his battering ram, on National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Castle.
National Geographic Channel

7:13am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Museum, Kelly Clarkson Vie For Jane Austen's Ring

Kelly Clarkson bought a ring once owned by Jane Austen at auction, but the U.K. is trying to keep it in the country.
Harper Smith

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

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5:27pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Book Reviews

Heading West: The Gritty, Luminous 'Son Of A Gun'

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:17 pm

Justin St. Germain teaches at the University of New Mexico.
William Bledsoe

My parents married young — both were still undergraduates — and so by the time my father started graduate school in mathematics, he and my mother were the harried parents of three small children. They wanted us to see America. And so my father chose the University of Arizona — about as far as you could go from our West Virginia home without falling off the country's opposite edge. On our way, we stopped in Tombstone.

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4:35pm

Mon August 12, 2013
New In Paperback

Aug. 12-18: Jimi Hendrix, The Everglades And The 'Iron Curtain'

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 11:18 am

AP

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4:05pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Salt

Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over The Last 300 Years

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 4:56 pm

Maids at work in a large kitchen, circa 1890.
W. and D. Downey Getty Images

Cooking with calf's head and cow heel may not sound like the most palatable way to spend an afternoon, but it's all in a day's work for librarian Judith Finnamore of London's Westminster Archive Centre.

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1:32pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Jim Shoe

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 2:20 pm

Behold.
NPR

The Chicago sandwich containing gyro meat, roast beef and corned beef goes by many names. This is one of many ways in which it's like the devil, and Sean Combs. People call it the Gym Shoe, the Jim Shoe or the Jim Shoo.

Ian: With a name this unappetizing, the sandwich had no choice but to be so delicious no one would mess with it. It's like A Boy Named Shoe.

Blythe: I thought I'd need my Reebok Stomach Pumps for this.

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12:50pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:18 am

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison.
Jessica Miglio Netflix

Piper Kerman was a 24-year-old Smith College graduate in 1993, when she flew to Belgium with a suitcase of money intended for a West African drug lord.

This misguided adventure started when she began a romantic relationship with a woman who was part of what Kerman describes as a "clique of impossibly stylish and cool lesbians in their mid-30s." That woman was involved in a drug-smuggling ring, and got Kerman involved, too, though Kerman left that life after several months.

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