Arts

4:59pm

Mon August 17, 2015
The Salt

Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:08 pm

Random House

In ancient times, farmers worried about losing precious grain to spoilage during wet winters. So they figured out how to malt grain and brew it into beer, thus preserving a nutritious source of calories. In The Comic Book Story of Beer, due out in September, we get a graphical tour of such pivotal moments — from the cradle of agriculture to the modern-day craft beer heyday.

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2:45pm

Mon August 17, 2015
Theater

Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 5:18 pm

Alison Bechdel is the author of the long-running syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
Elena Seibert Courtesy of O+M Co.

Since coming out as a lesbian in 1980 at the age of 19, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel has made it a point to be open about her sexuality. It was a decision she made consciously as a reaction to her father, who was gay and closeted, and who died four months after Bechdel came out.

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11:07am

Mon August 17, 2015
Monkey See

Television 2015: Full Drops And Single Shots

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:19 pm

Uzo Aduba and Samira Wiley in Orange Is the New Black, one of the many series now delivered in one big bundle.
JoJo Whilden Netflix

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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6:03am

Mon August 17, 2015
Monkey See

The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:49 am

Brett Favre serves as a sturdy metaphor for, well, a lot of things.
Mark Konezny NFL Photo Library/Getty Images

In the first two episodes of The Giant Foam Finger — a new, sports-themed offshoot of Pop Culture Happy Hour — NPR Code Switch blogger Gene Demby and I have discussed one play in a decade-old NFL game, and we've tackled the phenomenon of fan hatred.

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5:53pm

Sun August 16, 2015
Author Interviews

In Life After Life, 'Incarnations' Spins A Sinuous Tale Of Soul Mates

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 6:11 pm

Emily Bogle NPR

It all starts with a strange letter left for a Beijing cabdriver, tucked away in the sun visor of his taxi. In the months just before the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wang Jun is living with his wife and daughter — but the message, and those that follow, quickly tangle that quiet life in complications.

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11:47am

Sun August 16, 2015
Monkey See

Television 2015: Is There Really Too Much TV?

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:18 pm

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, speaks to the Television Critics Association on Aug. 7.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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7:42am

Sun August 16, 2015
Author Interviews

Author Sets Out To Find Gold In 'Fever'

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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7:03am

Sun August 16, 2015
Time Machine

Farewell To The Legendary League Of The Pink Carnation

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:27 pm

Earlier this month, author Lauren Willig released The Lure of the Moonflower, the last of her fantastic, genre-bridging Pink Carnation series.

I call them genre-bridging, because they satisfy romance fans who love the pinch-in-the-chest, soul-satisfying, "all is well in the world" happy-ever-after denouement — but they also have such densely detailed and gratifying historical, swashbuckling, spy-based plots that nonromance fans love them too.

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5:36am

Sun August 16, 2015
Author Interviews

Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Emily Bogle NPR

Cara Nicoletti loves food almost as much as she loves books. Over the years she has found herself thinking about the delicious dishes woven into the stories she loved as a child. In fact, she tells NPR's Rachel Martin that when she re-read her old books, she found underlines that she didn't remember making in the sections about food.

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5:32am

Sun August 16, 2015
NPR Story

After Katrina, New Artists Found Inspiration In A Recovering City

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Rontherin Ratliff's Things that Float sculpture contains photographs he rescued from his grandmother's drowned house.
Courtesy of Rontherin Ratliff

Skylar Fein had only lived in New Orleans for a week before Hurricane Katrina nearly tore it apart. He'd moved there to go to medical school, and found himself wandering around a wrecked city. "It's really hard to describe to someone who hadn't seen it what the streets looked like after the storm," he recalls.

Fein is among other New Orleans artists exhibiting work in shows commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2005 storm. One thing he has in common with some of the other artists: They weren't artists before the hurricane hit.

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