Arts

7:15am

Wed October 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Forward Prize For Poetry Goes To Michael Symmons Roberts

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:52 am

Michael Symmons Roberts, pictured in 2004, has been described as "a religious poet in a secular age."
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

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

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7:03am

Wed October 2, 2013
Book Reviews

Margaret Drabble Spins A Mother-Daughter Yarn Into 'Gold'

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 8:02 pm

Mark Rose iStockphoto.com

When I think of the writers I worshiped when I was starting out in life, I always think of Margaret Drabble. She was 20 years older than I, but the serious, hip, intellectual British novelist whose black-and-white photo appeared on the front cover of some of her paperbacks seemed permanently young. Reading her was like having an extremely brainy and fashionable best friend who'd been educated at Cambridge and had really lived.

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6:38pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Author Interviews

'Thank You For Your Service' Follows America's Soldiers Home

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 2:58 pm

In the pages of David Finkel's new book, you'll meet a veteran who has recurring nightmares in which a fellow soldier asks, "Why didn't you save me?" You'll also meet a veteran who sees images of dead Iraqis floating in his bathtub, and another who tries to kill himself by biting through his right wrist — the only wrist he can raise to his mouth since his left side is paralyzed.

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5:53pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Arts & Life

Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:38 pm

Shutdown signs have been posted at the National Museum of American History and other Smithsonian Institution museums, which will remain closed as long as the government is.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Federal bureaucracies aren't the only ones scaling back operations during the government shutdown. It's also meant that kids couldn't take field trips to the Smithsonian.

In fact most of the popular Washington attractions funded by the government are closed. That includes the Smithsonian's 19 museums and the National Zoo, plus Ford's Theatre and the National Gallery of Art.

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3:04pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Salt

These Folks Went Vegetarian Back When It Was Way Uncool

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:09 pm

This gang founded Zurich's Vegetarians' Home and Teetotaller Cafe in 1898. Ambrosius Hiltl bought the joint and changed the name in 1903.
Courtesy Hiltl

These days, many people wear their vegetarianism as a badge of honor — even if it's only before 6 p.m, as food writer Mark Bittman advocates. (Actually, he wants us to go part-time vegan.) There's even a World Vegetarian Day, which happens to be today, FYI.

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12:58pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Author Interviews

Chris Matthews Looks Back On A Time 'When Politics Worked'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 2:49 pm

Before Chris Matthews grilled politicians and their surrogates on his MSNBC show Hardball, he was a top aide to House Speaker Tip O'Neill, advising him on how to deal with the press. Now Matthews has written a new book drawing on those experiences, called Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.

It's a look at how Speaker O'Neill and President Reagan managed to work together and reach compromise in spite of the fact that they disagreed not only on policy, but also on the role of government.

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12:27pm

Tue October 1, 2013
NPR Story

300 Sandwiches The Secret To Boyfriend's Heart?

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 12:33 pm

New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith sparked a firestorm online when she wrote about her plan to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches - in exchange for an engagement ring. Host Michel Martin talks to Smith about her project, and the reaction to it.

11:46am

Tue October 1, 2013
The Salt

Now You Can Go To Harvard And Learn Cooking Science From Top Chefs

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:50 pm

YouTube

It's one part Food Network, one part Mr. Science, two big handfuls of DIY, and probably going to be a whole lot of fun.

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8:11am

Tue October 1, 2013
Monkey See

Stainless Steel Waters Run Not-So-Deep On 'House Hunters'

I have a confession.

I cannot resist House Hunters. And, of course, House Hunters International. They're not good. But I can't resist them.

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7:42am

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Author Says Dave Eggers' New Book Rips Off Her Work

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 10:07 am

Dave Eggers at the 2009 National Book Awards in New York.
Tina Fineberg AP

(This post was updated at 10 a.m.)

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