Arts

7:47am

Thu November 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Indie Bookstores Don't Take Kindly To Amazon's Kindle Offer

One bookseller says of the new Amazon Source program to sell Kindle e-readers: "That's not cooperation. That's being complicit in your execution."
David McNew Getty Images

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

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2:57am

Thu November 7, 2013
Monkey See

Shonda Rhimes Knows Where This 'Scandal' Will End

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 12:37 pm

Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope on Shonda Rhimes' political drama Scandal, one of TV's most talked-about broadcast shows.
Danny Feld ABC

Shonda Rhimes says the Washington she's created for the political drama Scandal is a dark, amoral one — and "a little Shakespearean," in the way it's a place where big themes play out among powerful people who aren't afraid to make bold moves.

"In the world of the show, [our] America sees Washington as this fairy-tale-beautiful place, and everybody who works there is really helping keep that illusion alive," the series creator tells Morning Edition's Renee Montagne.

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4:12pm

Wed November 6, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:42 pm

Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Abbot Genser HBO

If you love jazz and pop from the 1920s and '30s, you might already love the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. The music played throughout the show is performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and a second album of music from the series was recently released.

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12:04pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Race

Comediennes Of Color: 'I Am Funny'

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:20 pm

Kerry Washington hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend following controversy about the show's lack of a diverse cast.
Dana Edelson Courtesy of NBC

This past weekend's Saturday Night Live was the most-watched episode of the season, but viewers may have been looking for something other than laughs. Saturday's show followed weeks of criticism over SNL's painfully obvious lack of diversity.

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9:50am

Wed November 6, 2013
Monkey See

Miss Universe's National Costume Show Raids International Feather Supply

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:33 am

This photo of Brenda Gonzalez, Miss Argentina, is my prototype national costume. If you grew up wanting to be Miss Universe, this is why. Feathers, metallic bustier: this is it.
Darren Decker Miss Universe Organization

Two years back, we noted that Miss USA's costume at the Miss Universe National Costume Show was a mashup of tradition and vulgarity: "like crossing the Delaware to go to Hooters."

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7:14am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Lynn Coady Takes Canada's Top Literary Honor

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

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7:03am

Wed November 6, 2013
Book Reviews

A Tree Grows in LA: 'Urban' Meets Pastoral In 366 Short Poems

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:49 pm

iStockphoto.com

The pastoral is one of literature's oldest forms; it's safe to say our ideas about nature, however, have changed rapidly and radically in the modern age. Poet Harryette Mullen makes a beautiful marriage between those new ideas and a classic poetic form in her first collection in over a decade, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary.

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3:10pm

Tue November 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 9:47 am

Steve Young learned about industrial musicals when he started coming across compilations, like this one, in used record stores. (You definitely want to click to enlarge this.)
Courtesy of Blast Books

Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about tractors: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical.

These musicals were like Broadway shows, but they were written and performed for corporate sales meetings and conventions from the 1950s to the 1980s. The lyrics were all about the products being sold and how to sell them. Some of them were lavish and costly, even though they'd be performed only once.

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1:01pm

Tue November 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Nazi Art Trove Includes Previously Unknown Matisse, Chagall Works

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:06 pm

A painting by German artist Franz Marc titled Horses in Landscape is projected on a wall during a press conference on the spectacular art find of nearly 1,500 works in Munich, Germany. Officials say they face a long investigation into the hoarded art.
Marc Mueller EPA/Landov

The revelation Monday that more than 1,000 paintings and prints seized by the Nazis during World War II were found in a Munich apartment has set off excitement in the art world and spurred anger among Jewish groups that German officials didn't publicize the discovery when it was first made.

With a potential value of $1.35 billion, the trove of art contains previously unknown works by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall; other artists represented include Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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11:54am

Tue November 5, 2013
Books

Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:23 pm

Stevy Fletcher St. Martin's Press

Many couples who struggle with infertility say they would go to the ends of the earth to have a child. Some use surrogate mothers in the United States, but the high cost and legal complications keep that option out of reach for many families. So some Americans are going global --to countries like India– to make it happen.

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