Arts

10:23am

Thu October 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

National Treasures

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:18 pm

Contestants Gautam Hans (left) and Sharyn Horowitz give their best Nicolas Cage impressions for "National Treasures."
Steve Petrucelli

We hope you've been practicing your Nicolas Cage impression, or have seen his 2004 action thriller National Treasure. In this game, you must name famous items found in the Smithsonian Museum's collection, as described by house musician Jonathan Coulton. We encourage you to answer in the style of Cage's immortal line, "I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence."

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9:08am

Thu October 31, 2013
Monkey See

It Just Isn't Halloween Without A Little 'Hocus Pocus'

Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker star in Hocus Pocus as the Sanderson sisters, three 17th-century witches who are brought back to life in Salem, Mass., in 1993.
Walt Disney

I love me some fun-size Almond Joys, and pumpkin carving is a tragically under-sung creative outlet. But my favorite Halloween tradition comes in the form of a kid's movie starring Bette Midler in a set of fake buck teeth: Walt Disney's 1993 cult classic, Hocus Pocus.

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5:18am

Thu October 31, 2013
Art & Design

Art Or Act? New Yorkers Give Banksy Residency Mixed Reviews

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 12:26 pm

The Banality of the Banality of Evil by Banksy. Oil on canvas, 2013.
Housing Works

All through October, the secretive British street artist known as Banksy has been placing graffiti-inspired paintings and installations on the streets of New York City in an outdoor exhibition called "Better Out Than In." Now that the month is almost over, we asked fans and critics for their reviews of Banksy's New York residency.

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4:03am

Thu October 31, 2013
Author Interviews

Recurring Dream: Morpheus Returns In Gaiman's 'Sandman' Prequel

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:54 am

The Sandman: Overture explores the back story of the central character, Orpheus, to explain how he wound up in captivity at the start of The Sandman.
Courtesy of DC Entertainment

Neil Gaiman started writing the Sandman comic books 25 years ago. Since then, he's written acclaimed fantasy novels, children's books and screenplays — but the pale, star-eyed Lord of Dreams remains one of his most beloved characters. Over the course of 75 issues, the series captivated fans and critics alike.

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5:22pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Television

Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

Jon Stewart, shown here interviewing President Obama on The Daily Show in October 2012, has been lampooning the problems with the Affordable Care Act website in recent episodes.
Brad Barket PictureGroup

Problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have been all over the news — and the not-quite news. Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has been one news-ish outlet that hasn't been too kind in its coverage.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about why negative coverage on The Daily Show might be worse for the Obama administration than negative coverage on the nightly news.

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3:52pm

Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Priceless Italian Treasure Is Shown Off In Rare Exhibition

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 5:07 pm

A necklace of Saint Januarius, in gold, silver and precious stones, is displayed in Rome. The riches are from a treasure trove in Naples that is said to be worth more than the British crown jewels.
Gabriel Buoys AFP/Getty Images

Dazzling with diamonds, emeralds and gold, 70 pieces of treasure — said to be some of the most valuable in the world — have been transported from a vault in a Naples cathedral to a museum in Rome. They'll stay there until February, marking the first time they've ever been displayed outside of Naples.

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2:48pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Author Interviews

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 2:30 pm

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has spent a total of six months in space. In his new book, he writes that getting to space took only "8 minutes and 42 seconds. Give or take a few thousand days of training."
NASA Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

11:59am

Wed October 30, 2013
NPR Story

Jay Z Adds Another Problem To Add To His 99: Barneys

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 2:13 pm

Host Michel Martin talks with the Beauty Shop ladies about the thin line between creative and offensive Halloween costumes. They also discuss claims of racially profiling by retailer Barneys.

11:13am

Wed October 30, 2013
The Protojournalist

Haiku In The News: Reality In Riyadh

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:15 pm

A Saudi woman walks past vehicles stopping at a traffic light in Riyadh, where there is a government ban on women driving.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Poetry is important. And the hope for this standing feature of The Protojournalist is that by searching for a poetic nugget in the constant rush of news we can slow down for a moment and contemplate what the news story really means.

Like finding a lovely pebble in a mountain stream. Or a dropped earring on a crowded sidewalk.

Haiku in the News — you can find other examples here — is not designed to be a trivial thing.

Gray Lady Poems

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8:45am

Wed October 30, 2013
Books News & Features

Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:24 am

Barnes & Noble is one of several stores that have refused to carry Amazon Publishing's books.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to book publishing, all we ever seem to hear about is online sales, the growth of e-books and the latest version of a digital book reader. But the fact is, only 20 percent of the book market is e-books; it's still dominated by print. And a recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry. You might even call it brick-and-mortar booksellers' revenge.

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