Arts

6:41pm

Sat September 28, 2013
Author Interviews

'Faithful Scribe': Tracing Ancestry Through Pakistan's History

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 7:10 pm

The Faithful Scribe, by Shahan Mufti

In The Faithful Scribe, Shahan Mufti examines the history of Pakistan and its relationship to the United States. He also explores how his own family story is part of the tumultuous story of the world's first Islamic democracy.

"A huge impetus for me in writing this book was actually being on both sides of this present conflict, where America is involved in this war in Afghanistan," Mufti tells NPR's Arun Rath. "As we know, the place of Pakistan in this conflict is very dubious and questionable."

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7:58am

Sat September 28, 2013
Fine Art

Nigerian Bottle Cap Sculptor Taps Museum Staff's Inner Artists

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

Earth's Skin, 2007.Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in. (449.6 x 1000.8 cm).
Joe Levack Courtesy of artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, the Akron Art Museum

Nigerian sculptor El Anatsui knows too well that when most people think of African art, they think of masks, something he would never ask his students to make.

"We don't even make masks in schools," he says.

Anatsui taught art for nearly 30 years in a remote Nigerian village before getting his first big break when his sculpture was shown at the 1990 Venice Biennale. His works consist of giant sheets of colorful metal that are so big he often doesn't even assemble them himself. Twelve of them are touring the U.S. through August 2014.

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7:57am

Sat September 28, 2013
Theater

A Minimalist 'Menagerie' That Packs Plenty Of Power

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

In the play Amanda (Jones), is devoted to finding a "gentleman caller" for her daughter and so Tom (Quinto) brings one home (Smith).
Michael J. Lutch

The seventh Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' great American play The Glass Menagerie has just opened at the Booth Theatre in New York City for a 17-week run.

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7:03am

Sat September 28, 2013
The Salt

Birch For Breakfast? Meet Maple Syrup's Long-Lost Cousins

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:17 pm

Beyond maple: Sap drips from a pine tree. Around the nation, producers are making syrup from the sap of pine, birch, even black walnut trees.
iStockphoto

Americans have a longstanding love affair with maple syrup. According to the USDA, production of the sticky stuff in the United States totaled 3.25 million gallons this year. However, it isn't the only tree syrup that's available to drizzle on your short stack or sweeten your latte.

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6:05am

Sat September 28, 2013
Author Interviews

On Eliot's 125th, His 'Waste Land' Hasn't Lost Its Glamour

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 9:55 am

American-born British poet and playwright T.S. Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.
Chris Bacon AFP/Getty Images

What do you get a Nobel Prize-winning poet for his birthday?

The poet, in this case, is T.S. Eliot, and this year he would have turned the intimidating age of 125. It's a tough question, but New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon has got an answer: a new re-issue of the first edition of Eliot's groundbreaking poem, The Waste Land.

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5:25am

Sat September 28, 2013
Author Interviews

I, Spy: Valerie Plame Makes Her Fiction Debut In CIA Thriller

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

Valerie Plame was outed as a covert CIA operative in a 2003 Washington Post column. Her story was depicted in the 2010 film Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts as Plame.
Dennis Cook AP

Vanessa Pierson, the heroine of Valerie Plame's first novel, is — ahem — "blonde, lithe, and nicely sexy." She is also a CIA agent, determined to lasso a nuclear arms dealer named Bhoot before he arrives at an underground nuclear facility in Iran.

But just as her informant is about to tell her where Bhoot will be, he's shot by a sniper who misses Vanessa — or does he simply overlook her? How will Vanessa Pierson halt the terrorists, protect the world and, by the way, also keep the secret of her forbidden romance with David, a fellow CIA ops officer with green-flecked hazel eyes?

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5:24am

Sat September 28, 2013
Poetry

News From Lake Wobegon: Garrison Keillor Has A New Book Of Poetry

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

Garrison Keillor has been the host of A Prairie Home Companion since it began nearly four decades ago. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.
Courtesy of Grove Press

If you're a regular public radio listener, you may hear Garrison Keillor every morning reading other people's poems on The Writer's Almanac. Now, the Prairie Home Companion host has decided to share some of his own poems for a change.

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5:21am

Sat September 28, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Consultant James Carville Gets Quizzed On Couples

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 2:18 pm

James Carville is a Democratic political consultant, a TV pundit, and one half of the most famous mixed marriage in the country — his wife is Republican consultant Mary Matalin.

We've invited him to play a game called "You're like two peas in a pod!" Three questions about freakishly similar couples.

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5:15pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Don Jon': Smooth Move There, Mr. Gordon-Levitt

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:17 pm

Wonder where he gets that: Gordon-Levitt's Jon, looking a lot like a chip off the old block (Tony Danza).
Relativity Media

Once a child actor on TV, then an indie sensation, then an honest-to-God movie star going head-to-head with the likes of Bruce Willis in Looper and Leo DiCaprio in Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt hardly needs to burnish his LinkedIn resume at this point. But that's not kept him from adding a couple of skills — writing and directing — with his latest picture.

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4:24pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Movie Interviews

A Brutal Movie From China, Ripped From The Headlines

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:29 pm

In one of the four intertwining storylines of the brutal Chinese drama A Touch of Sin, a young receptionist (Zhao Tao) must resort to violence to defend herself.
Kino Lorber

If you want to see modern Chinese life at its darkest, consider A Touch of Sin.

The film is a series of loosely knit vignettes that revolve around themes of violence, greed, sex, power and crime. And there's nothing subtle about the imagery.

In one scene, a corrupt businessman tries to force a receptionist at a massage parlor to have sex with him by beating her with wads of cash — until she stabs him to death.

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