Arts

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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7:28am

Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon's Kindle MatchBook Is Out — Will Publishers Opt In?

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 10:25 am

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils new Kindle reading devices during a 2012 news conference.
David McNew Getty Images

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

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7:03am

Wed October 30, 2013
Book Reviews

Medical Magic Leads To Terror In 'Parasite'

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 2:37 pm

Welcome to SymboGen, your friendly neighborhood medical company; have you stopped by for your tapeworm implant? Fair warning: There have been some unusual side effects ...

Health care has swallowed American headlines in recent years; besides the arguments over who deserves treatment to begin with, issues are emerging in pharmaceutical brand ethics, anti-vaccination activism, and the overuse of antibiotics. The war against disease is spreading against the smallest enemies of all.

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2:41pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Author Interviews

'Hyperbole' Creator Considers All The Things

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:35 pm

The drawings are MS Paint-style doodles, and the stories are about everyday things like cake, poor spelling and dopey dogs. And yet each month, millions of people visit Hyperbole and a Half, the hybrid Web comic and blog created by 28-year-old Allie Brosh, who says she "tries very hard to be funny." Hyperbole has just come out in book form with a mix of old and new material featuring Brosh's absurdist take on the world and her author avatar, a stick figure with a pink dress and what might be a blond ponytail — or might not.

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1:57pm

Tue October 29, 2013
The Salt

A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Simply plug the Scentee device into your iPhone jack and let the scent of grilled meat waft your way.
YouTube

Have you ever wished that your iPhone could bring you the smell of coffee, curry or steak?

No? Well, there's a gadget for that.

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11:45am

Tue October 29, 2013
Author Interviews

Poet Nikki Giovanni On The Darker Side Of Her Life

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 1:10 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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9:49am

Tue October 29, 2013
Monkey See

Present Tense: Allie Brosh, Donald Glover, And Hurting Right Now

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:58 pm

There is much to praise about Allie Brosh's wonderful blog Hyperbole And A Half, perhaps the greatest gift the crude, blocky graphics of MS Paint have ever given us. Brosh's posts are hugely evocative, gut-bustingly funny, and startlingly inventive in using simple drawings in ways that allow for pauses and comic timing, not to mention things like blur effects that represent ... well, sugar-fueled madness.

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7:03am

Tue October 29, 2013
Book Reviews

Rebecca Walker Hurries Love In 'Adé'

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:05 pm

Rarely as the rush of romance felt so, well, rushed as it does in Rebecca Walker's maiden novel Adé: A Love Story. It's a wild ride along with an unnamed (more on that later) biracial college student who's traveling through Africa with her white best friend. Our unnamed narrator falls in love with a Swahili man she meets on an island just off the Kenyan coast, grows apart from her friend and closer to her lover's family, and must struggle with the brutal realities of life under brutal Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi — all in 112 short pages.

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