Arts

10:57am

Tue November 12, 2013
New In Paperback

Nov. 11-17: A Stargazer, A World Wanderer And Sidewalks For All

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 7:24 pm

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10:10am

Tue November 12, 2013
Monkey See

What He Did For Love: Manipulation And Wickedness In 'About Time'

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:17 am

Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim in About Time.
Murray Close Universal Pictures

[This piece contains some plot details about About Time, but nothing major that isn't revealed in the film's marketing.]

Movies are the closest thing we have to time travel, so it's no wonder — or rather, it's a rich and enduring wonder — that so many memorable films have made it their subject. Actually, let's strike that. Few if any of those films are actually about time travel. Most films that involve it use it as a means of discussing something else.

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8:15am

Tue November 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Spying Concerns Driving Writers To Self-Censor, Study Finds

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

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3:08am

Tue November 12, 2013
Television

Comcast Deal Puts New Minority-Run Channels In Play

El Rey, which will be targeting a young Latino audience, is being spearheaded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, shown at the premiere of his recent film Machete Kills in October.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Rapper and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs, director Robert Rodriguez, and basketball legend Magic Johnson each now has his own new cable TV networks. Their channels were part of a merger deal Comcast made with the FCC to give a shot to new networks owned by African Americans, Latinos and others.

Last month, Combs threw on his classic Puff Daddy alias to welcome millennial viewers to his new music network, Revolt.

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1:38pm

Mon November 11, 2013
The Impact of War

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 7:43 pm

U.S. Army soldiers begin their journey home from Iraq on July 13, 2010.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to Fire And Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in dangerous and far-away places. On the other hand, there's nothing most of us would rather do than leave these wars behind. No matter what we do next, the soft tension of the trigger pull is something we'll carry with us forever.

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10:45am

Mon November 11, 2013
Code Switch

Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:56 pm

Matt de la Peña is the author of Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and, most recently, The Living.
Random House Children's Books

A few years ago I did an author visit at an overcrowded junior high school in a rougher part of San Antonio. I write young adult novels that feature working-class, "multicultural" characters, so I'm frequently invited to speak at urban schools like this.

As is often the case, the principal and I talked as the kids filed into the auditorium. The student body was mostly Hispanic, he told me, and over 90 percent qualified for free and reduced lunch. It was an underprivileged school, a traditionally low-achieving school, but they were working hard to raise performance.

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7:58am

Mon November 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Postal Service Strikes Sunday-Delivery Deal With Amazon

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:58 am

USPS carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail before making his delivery run in February in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

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

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3:22am

Mon November 11, 2013
Fine Art

In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:08 pm

Robert Henri's 1913 Figure in Motion was a realistic, but bold response to Matisse's and Duchamp's nudes.
Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Ill.

One hundred years ago in New York City, nearly 90,000 people came to see the future of art. The 1913 Armory Show gave America its first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were doing. Today these artists are in major museums around the world, but in 1913, they were mostly unknown in America.

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4:53pm

Sun November 10, 2013
Author Interviews

How Cynthia Rylant Discovered The Poetry Of Storytelling

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 6:58 pm

Courtesy of Beach Lane Books

Cynthia Rylant is a renowned author who has written for all age groups and been honored with both Caldecott and Newbery prizes for her work.

Her latest book, God Got a Dog, is a collection of poems that only took her one day to write.

"One poem ... just came out of the blue, and I sat down and I wrote it. And then after I finished writing it, I got an idea for another God poem, and so I wrote that one. And so it started in the morning and then by the end of the day, I was finished writing the book," she tells All Things Considered host Arun Rath.

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4:53pm

Sun November 10, 2013
Author Interviews

A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 6:58 pm

Detail from Plate 11 of Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. On July 1st, at precisely 7:30 a.m., the attack commences.
Joe Sacco Courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company

Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.

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