Arts

6:01am

Sun June 23, 2013
Three Books...

Feast For The Eyes: 3 Cookbooks Just For Looking

I'm a cookbook reviewer, which means that every night I try recipes from far-flung cuisines or idiosyncratic food bloggers or test-kitchen perfectionists. I've always made a point of steering readers towards practical, thoughtful cookbooks that they'll use every week and hand down to their kids. But privately, there are some cookbooks I never cook from at all: frivolous books full of whimsical sugar art, devoid of nutritional value, and really, best eaten with your eyes.

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5:09pm

Sat June 22, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Matthew Morrison Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 6:18 pm

Actor Jeff Cohen in a scene from The Goonies.
WARNER BROS/Kobal Collection

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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1:07pm

Sat June 22, 2013
Movies

'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

He's still a would-be world-conquerer by day, but Gru (left, with minions) has been settling into his role as an adoptive dad by night. His new responsibilities make him a likely recruit for the Anti-Villain League, which asks him to ... well, we shouldn't give too much away.
Universal

There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column.

The star, a would-be world-dominating supervillain named Gru, is a hulking, blustering figure with an appetite for mayhem — and a surprising soft spot. He'll boast that he's about to pull off "the crime of the century," then sit down to read his little girls — he's recently, reluctantly, adopted three of them, and they're adorable — a bedtime story.

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10:59am

Sat June 22, 2013
Simon Says

Bidding Farewell To Tony Soprano

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 8:44 pm

James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy this week at age 51.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Anthony Soprano, a waste-management consultant from Essex County, N.J., died this week.

Tony Soprano was — according to reports that aired for six years on HBO — head of the DiMeo crime family, which allegedly ran illicit drugs, untaxed alcohol, illegal sports betting and other criminal enterprises from the back of an adult entertainment venue called the Bada Bing club on Route 17 in Lodi.

Mr. Soprano denied his involvement in organized crime. He said it was a "vicious stereotype" that slurs waste-removal professionals who promote a green, healthy environment.

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7:58am

Sat June 22, 2013
Author Interviews

Surviving Summer Camp In James Patterson's 'Middle School'

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 9:18 pm

Matthew Ragen iStockphoto.com

Grown-ups, if you've read a thriller recently, there's a good chance it was written by James Patterson. One in 5 adult thriller hardcovers sold these days carries his name on the cover.

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7:58am

Sat June 22, 2013
Food

Don't Buy That Picnic Salad; Find It Near The Blanket

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:52 am

Nova Kim gathers wild greens for a picnic salad near her home in Fairlee, Vt.
Herb Swanson

For one Vermont couple, "local" doesn't mean heading to the farmers market. It means finding a natural salad bar at your picnic spot — or maybe even in your backyard.

Nova Kim and Les Hook live on a lush farm between a large lake and the Connecticut River near the Vermont-New Hampshire border. Over the decades, they've become skilled gatherers of edible wild foods, which they sell to high-end restaurants. But on this drizzly day, they're in their own kitchen, making dressing for a picnic green salad.

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7:03am

Sat June 22, 2013
Books News & Features

'New Strange' Stories Hold A Chilling Mirror To Life

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:22 pm

If you want a chilly comedown from summer's heat, you can't do much better than the work of Robert Aickman (1914-1981), a master of "strange stories" whose books, long out of print, are now being republished by the small U.K. press Tartarus.

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5:44am

Sat June 22, 2013
Movie Interviews

Coppola And Watson On Teens, Fame And 'Bling'

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Emma Watson, who shot to global fame as the level-headed, resourceful Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, admits there's a certain irony in her playing a teenager who burgles the homes of celebrities.
Merrick Morton A24

Sofia Coppola is no stranger to filmic explorations of fame, privilege and self-loathing in the modern age. In her newest movie, The Bling Ring, she considers the case of a gang of well-off L.A. teenagers whose obsession with celebrity took them to some unexpected places — including the homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, where they stole millions of dollars' worth of jewelry and clothes and shoes.

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11:11pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Booker T. Jones Takes A Quiz On Funyuns

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:34 pm

Booker T. Jones — leader of the soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s — made it big in 1962 with the song "Green Onions." But since "Green Onions" sounds suspiciously natural for the United States, we've decided to quiz him on Funyuns instead: three questions about the crunchy, onion-flavored snack food.

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4:53pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

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