Arts

7:56am

Fri November 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Psychic And Author Sylvia Browne Dies

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:48 am

Psychic and author Sylvia Browne, seen in this undated photo, said she believed in reincarnation and could help people communicate with their dead loved ones.
AP

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

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7:03am

Fri November 22, 2013
Book Reviews

Hard-Core (Food) Porn In 'Anything That Moves'

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:06 pm

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There are, among connoisseurs of pornography, many stratified tastes. To cater to those tastes, there are many levels to which the pornography itself might rise (or sink, depending on your moral stance on the topic). There are categories, boundaries, territories of smut that run the gamut from the (relatively) tame to the out-and-out horrifying.

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2:57am

Fri November 22, 2013
The Salt

Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 2:35 pm

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish is delicious over latkes.
Selena N.B.H. Flikr

It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol β€” but it tastes terrific.

This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.

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5:20pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Arts & Life

Remembering 5Pointz: A Five-Story Building That Told Plenty More

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:54 pm

The walls of 5Pointz were once covered in graffiti. Artists worldwide came to New York to paint the warehouse surface.
Bruce Wallace for NPR

This week, New York City lost a cultural landmark. The site known as 5Pointz was a graffiti museum, of sorts β€” the walls of a 200,000-square-foot warehouse complex covered with ever-evolving spray-painted art. It spread across a block in Long Island City right across the water from Manhattan in the borough of Queens.

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5:03pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Side Of Bettie Page You've (Somehow) Never Seen

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:03 pm

Bettie Page Reveals All digs deep into the storied life of the 1950s model, seen here in one of the many photos featured in the documentary.
Music Box Films

A tantalizing nugget lies half-buried in Mark Mori's engaging documentary about Bettie Page, the 1950s pinup who's inspired an endlessly self-renewing retro-cult of fans both male and female.

In the middle of a screening of Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page, it seems, a voice was heard yelling "Lies! All lies!"

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5:03pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Catching Fire': The Hunger Games, Now With Real Heat

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:10 pm

Effie Trinket taps Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, right) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) for the Hunger Games arena again β€” but this time the rules are different and the stakes are higher as rebellion brews in Panem.
Murray Close Lionsgate

There's a moment of chilling violence in Catching Fire, the second of four planned movies adapting Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games novels, a moment in which the difference a director makes becomes immediately clear β€” and one that should give hope to readers who might have felt some disappointment with the first movie.

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5:03pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Foray Into The Blood-Soaked 'Cultura' Of Mexico's Cartels

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:03 pm

In Narco Cultura, director and photojournalist Shaul Schwarz interrogates the collision of pop culture and Mexico's drug cartels β€” as personified by bands like Los Bukanas de Culiacan (above), who perform narcocorridos, or songs glorifying the drug trade.
Shaul Schwarz Cinedigm

Following police through Mexico's Ciudad JuΓ‘rez β€” reputedly the world's homicide capital β€” the Israeli filmmaker Shaul Schwarz finds mutilated corpses and gutters running with blood. But the resulting documentary, Narco Cultura, is not nearly so vivid as its most gruesome footage.

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9:43am

Thu November 21, 2013
Ask Me Another

Quoth The Raven, Something More

You are probably aware that in Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, the titular raven repeatedly says, "Nevermore." Turns out, while he "still is sitting, still is sitting," that raven has moved on to quoth'ing celebrity names that rhyme with "-moore." Naturally, host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton perform the clues about these famous folks in verse.

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9:43am

Thu November 21, 2013
Ask Me Another

Killer Apps

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:14 pm

Puzzle guru Will Hines leads this final round, in which every correct answer is a word, phrase or proper noun that contains the letters "a-p-p" in order. For example, if he said, "It's what you tear off your birthday presents," you would say, "wrapping paper." Word nerds everywhere who rule this game, we applaud you.

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9:43am

Thu November 21, 2013
Ask Me Another

R.L. Stine: What's Scarier?

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:50 am

Author R.L. Stine tries to guess whether Ask Me Another listeners find "ventriloquist dolls" or "a swarm of bees" scarier.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

You'd think a guy who writes scary books for a living would know a thing or two about what makes our hearts race and our palms sweat. We put the best-selling horror author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series to the test in this Ask Me Another Challenge based on an audience poll. Did Stine know what scares our listeners more: ghosts, or being alone for the rest of your life?

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