Arts

10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

Justin Long: The Impression That You Get

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:58 am

Justin Long.
Josh Rogosin NPR

9:31am

Thu November 14, 2013
Monkey See

How I Learned To Stop Explaining How Old Things Make Me Feel

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"Get ready to feel old."

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7:28am

Thu November 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Italy Has A New Reality Show — For Writers

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

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7:02am

Thu November 14, 2013
Book Reviews

With Nuanced Beauty, 'Hild' Destroys Myths Of Medieval Womanhood

I am used to conversations about women in historical fiction — or, even more bafflingly, in historical fantasy — consisting of apologia for there being so few of them. "Women were oppressed," the old chestnut goes, and consequently unimportant in the grand scheme of things except inasmuch as they birthed heirs or sealed national alliances in marriage, so it's no surprise that today's writers find little of interest in their day to day doings, right?

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6:40pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Movie Reviews

Chasing Money, And Meaning, In 'Nebraska'

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:32 pm

After receiving a dubious letter, the aging Woody (Bruce Dern) heads off on a quest to collect $1 million, dragging his son David (Will Forte) along with him.
Paramount Pictures

Woody Grant has white hair, a cranky disposition and a stubbornness that just won't quit. When we meet him, he's being stopped by a highway patrolman as he's walking down the shoulder of a Montana interstate. His son David picks him up at the police station, and it turns out Woody was on an 850-mile stroll to Nebraska, to collect the million dollars promised to him in a letter.

David points out gently that the letter is an ad for magazine subscriptions, but he's no sooner got the older man back to his house then he gets a call from his mom: Woody has hit the road again.

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4:38pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Code Switch

Fox Says Diversity Leads To Good Ratings And Better Business

Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison play Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane in Fox's new show Sleepy Hollow.
Courtesy of Fox

It's easy, when writing about network TV, to be cynical.

For example, when I heard the Fox network had been holding annual conferences on diversity, telling top show producers their casts and crew had to feature more people of color, I remained skeptical. What's the catch, I wondered?

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4:37pm

Wed November 13, 2013
The Salt

It's National Indian Pudding Day! Here's Why You Should Celebrate

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:08 am

Indian pudding, served warm with vanilla ice cream — a dish well worth celebrating.
Katherine Perry NPR

Turns out, Nov. 13 is National Indian Pudding Day. It sneaked up on you again, didn't it?

You can't be blamed.

Indian pudding is virtually unknown outside of New England, and even there it's tricky to find. But this enduring New England dessert may actually deserve a day of its own.

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2:44pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Book Reviews

A 'Marriage', A Divorce, A Dying Dog And Essays Done Right

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Pity the poor essay collection. Unlike its close, more creative neighbor — the short story collection — or its snooty relation, The Novel, the humble essay collection is the wallflower of the literary world. And, when an essay collection is composed — as Ann Patchett's new volume partly is — of pieces previously printed in fashion and pet lovers' magazines, it really might seem like a grab bag of minor material — as, admittedly, a few of the pieces here are.

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1:27pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:01 pm

A woman worker sorts used plastic bottles at a recycle center in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

When you think of recycling, you probably think of cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Well, think a little bigger.

There are businesses devoted to recycling metal, paper, plastic, oil, textiles, cell phones, computers, motors, batteries, Christmas lights, cars and more. The hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation, and its impact on the environment and the global economy, is the subject of the new book Junkyard Planet by journalist Adam Minter.

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12:18pm

Wed November 13, 2013
The Salt

Why Can We Taste Bitter Flavors? Turns Out, It's Still A Mystery

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:08 am

The first taste of an olive can be a bit shocking. But eventually, many of us start to enjoy bitter fruits, nuts and beverages.
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For most of us, bitter foods aren't love at first bite. (Not convinced? Just watch the little girl in the video above taste an olive for the first time.)

But after a few espressos or IPAs, most of us warm up to bitter flavors and eventually throw our arms in the air, like the little girl in the video, declaring, "Yes, I love bitter foods!"

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