Arts

1:30pm

Mon November 18, 2013
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers 'Golden Notebook' Author Doris Lessing

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:24 pm

Doris Lessing, pictured here in 2006, once refused to allow the queen to declare her a dame of the British Empire, because — as the author put it — "There is no British Empire."
Martin Cleaver AP

Novelist and essayist Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94.

Lessing won the Nobel Prize in 2007. She lived in England most of her life, but she grew up in southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Lessing often addressed racism and colonialism in her writing, including in a series of novels about a fictional character named Martha Quest. She was best known for her 1962 book, The Golden Notebook, which was regarded as among the most important feminist novels of its time.

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12:04pm

Mon November 18, 2013
Books

Actor Hill Harper On His Life-Changing 'Letters' From An Inmate

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:13 pm

Amy Ta NPR

He's best known for starring in hit TV shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but actor Hill Harper's most significant role may be off the screen.

After writing several advice books, including the best-seller Letters to a Young Brother, Harper began receiving letters from young men in prison. He documents his relationship with one of them in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.

He spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about the prison system and how this friendship changed his life.

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11:57am

Mon November 18, 2013
The Salt

Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:36 pm

Parallel processing: Couscous cooks in the coffee maker's carafe while broccoli and cauliflower steam in the basket.
Morgan Walker/ NPR

A few months ago, we introduced you to the wild world of dishwasher cooking. Poach salmon while cleaning dirty plates? No problem.

But some of you expressed concerns about having your sockeye sit so close to soapy water and the high energy cost of running a dishwasher.

Well, we've stumbled upon another wacky cooking method that may overcome these issues: using your coffee maker.

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11:55am

Mon November 18, 2013
Television

'Totally Biased' TV Show Canceled, A Total Loss?

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 4:11 pm

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9:36am

Mon November 18, 2013
Monkey See

'The Best Man Holiday' And The Language Of Expectations

Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs star in The Best Man Holiday.
Michael Gibson Universal Pictures

The Best Man Holiday, made on an estimated production budget of $17 million, nearly doubled that on its first weekend, bringing in an estimated haul of more than $30.5 million.

As Lucas Shaw wrote yesterday for The Wrap, the film joins 12 Years A Slave, The Butler, and other films from black filmmakers that have somehow surprised people with their success.

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7:44am

Mon November 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Remembering Doris Lessing, A Contrarian Who 'Went For Broke'

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 2:48 pm

British writer Doris Lessing holds flowers and tributes as she sits outside her north London home in October 2007 after winning the Nobel Prize.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

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

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3:49am

Mon November 18, 2013
Author Interviews

'McSweeney's': Quirky Quarterly To Publishing Powerhouse

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:58 pm

Dave Eggers is the author of What is the What, Zeitoun and, most recently, The Circle.
Tina Fineberg AP

In the late 90s, before Dave Eggers wrote a bestselling memoir (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), before he penned the screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are, before any of his novels, he was a young guy sitting in his kitchen tearing open envelopes filled with literary submissions.

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4:55pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Book Reviews

Secrets Mar The Gloss Of 'Youth' For These Heroines

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 6:10 pm

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It's a funny thing to read a book and realize two things simultaneously. One: some people you know, whose taste you trust, will really love it. Two: some people you know, whose opinions you value, will want to toss it across the room.

For me, the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is a great example. He's one of the biggest authors in the world, a global bestseller. Millions of people love that guy, myself included. But I also know many people, readers and writers, who think he's a total sham.

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4:55pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Remembrances

How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:42 am

Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

In the course of a long and eventful life, author Doris Lessing was many things.

She was a mother — and a self-described "house mother" for a procession of starving artists, writers and political refugees. She was a refugee herself, from bourgeois respectability in 1940s Rhodesia. She was a campaigner against racism, a lover, an ardent communist, and a serial rescuer of cats.

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4:55pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Television

J.J. Abrams On His Dynasty: Too Much Power For One Man

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 6:10 pm

In this Fox show Almost Human, Karl Urban (left) plays a human cop partnered with an android, played by Michael Ealy.
Liane Hentscher FOX

J.J. Abrams already had the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek franchises under his belt when he was offered Star Wars. He says taking on the beloved work of science fiction in addition to the others was a big decision: "It's too much power for one man!"

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