Arts

7:03am

Thu September 19, 2013
Book Reviews

'Nightmare Range': Crime And (Not Much) Punishment In The DMZ

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 1:51 pm

At the end of the Korean War — a long, bloody, and under-memorialized conflict that claimed millions of lives — no real treaty was ever signed. Although there was an armistice in 1953, the nations of North and South Korea remain, technically, still at war. The Demilitarized Zone along the 38th parallel is one of the tensest borders on earth, with thousands of men, tanks and artillery pieces pointed at each other over minefields and barbed wire fences, fingers on triggers 24 hours a day.

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7:03am

Thu September 19, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'From Scratch: Inside The Food Network'

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:06 pm

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Jim Cooper AP

Back in 1993, the Food Network was the Little Network that Nobody Really Thought Could. Cable TV was still, if not in its infancy, then enduring a difficult toddlerhood — no one knew what cable audiences were interested in, and no one thought a scrappy startup dedicated to food would go anywhere. Twenty years later, the doubters have been proved wrong; the Food Network is a global powerhouse that's made the names and fortunes of stars like Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

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7:03am

Thu September 19, 2013
Book Reviews

From Kolbasa To Borscht, 'Soviet Cooking' Tells A Personal History

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 6:52 pm

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For years I have wondered, albeit vaguely, about gefilte fish, a dish that appears in various guises in novels about Jewish families, almost always at points of celebration or domestic tension. Here's how to make it: Skin a whole pike, mince the flesh, mix with vegetables and bread. Sew the minced fish back into the skin and poach for three hours. Garnish with horseradish.

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3:19am

Thu September 19, 2013
Television

Dean Norris, Breaking Out Of That Good-Guy Mold

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

Breaking Bad, on which Dean Norris played DEA agent Hank Schrader, has two more episodes to go before its series finale.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Actor Dean Norris took to Twitter the other day. "Missed last night's Breaking Bad," he wrote. "Heard it was intense. Filmed several alternate versions. Can't wait to see what they used."

Please note: There's a spoiler farther down this page.

Norris plays — played? — a drug enforcement agent on the acclaimed AMC series, which wraps for good after just two more episodes. His character's brother-in-law is a chemistry teacher with cancer who, at the series' outset, gets into cooking methamphetamine to pay for his treatment.

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3:18am

Thu September 19, 2013
Art & Design

Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

Laziz Hamani

When it was time to create a new collection, Christian Dior had a ritual: He went to his garden and sat down among the flowers.

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5:24pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Theater

Daniel Craig Heads Back To Broadway With 'Betrayal'

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Daniel Craig, at right, is probably best known as the current incarnation of James Bond. He's in rehearsal now for a Broadway production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, alongside Rafe Spall and Rachel Weisz — who plays his wife, and is that in real life, too.
Brigitte Lacombe

A revival of Harold Pinter's play Betrayal is in rehearsal now in New York. It's the story of an affair, and it unfolds backward in time, from the lovers sharing a post-romantic drink to the passion they first experienced seven years earlier. Along the way, much deception — betrayal, even — is revealed.

Daniel Craig, who stars as the jilted Robert, tells NPR's Robert Siegel that the show, first performed in 1978, still feels "surprisingly contemporary. ... When you have someone as good as Pinter, it remains timeless. And the themes are timeless. It's just good writing."

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2:53pm

Wed September 18, 2013
The Picture Show

A Latvian Photographer Never Lets Down His Guard

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:11 pm

Photographer Reinis Hofmanis documents the rise of Latvia's capital city through guard booths, in his series, Territory.
Courtesy of Reinis Hofmanis

Latvia is in the midst of a financial transition. The country has had "the fastest growing economy in the EU for the last two years," Pauls Raudseps, an economics commentator for the Latvian news magazine IR, said recently on Morning Edition.

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2:33pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Author Interviews

Bio Credits Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:10 pm

Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy and murder charges in 1969.
AP

Lots of listeners read all kinds of messages into The Beatles' White Album, but nothing compares to the album's impact on Charles Manson. He heard it as a message to him and his followers — known as "The Family" — that the world was on the verge of an apocalyptic race war in which blacks would rise up against their white oppressors and enslave them.

This battle would be set off by an event called Helter Skelter, after the eponymous Beatles song, and Manson planned to lead his followers into the desert, where they would hide until the chaos ended.

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9:47am

Wed September 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Is Nina Davuluri 'American Enough' To Be Miss America?

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:51 pm

Nina Davuluri says Miss America — whom she's always seen as the girl next door — is evolving.
Brian McCabe NPR

Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, took the crown in this year's Miss America beauty pageant. It was the 87th year of the competition, and Davuluri was one of two Asian-Americans in the final round. Although she's just a few days into her reign, Davuluri has already made history. She's the first Indian-American Miss America.

Her win highlights how far the U.S. has come, but also how far the country has to go: Racist tweets flooded in on Twitter right after her victory.

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7:22am

Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Lost Hemingway Satire Will Finally Be Published

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:33 am

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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