Arts

7:13am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Museum, Kelly Clarkson Vie For Jane Austen's Ring

Kelly Clarkson bought a ring once owned by Jane Austen at auction, but the U.K. is trying to keep it in the country.
Harper Smith

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

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5:27pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Book Reviews

Heading West: The Gritty, Luminous 'Son Of A Gun'

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:17 pm

Justin St. Germain teaches at the University of New Mexico.
William Bledsoe

My parents married young — both were still undergraduates — and so by the time my father started graduate school in mathematics, he and my mother were the harried parents of three small children. They wanted us to see America. And so my father chose the University of Arizona — about as far as you could go from our West Virginia home without falling off the country's opposite edge. On our way, we stopped in Tombstone.

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4:35pm

Mon August 12, 2013
New In Paperback

Aug. 12-18: Jimi Hendrix, The Everglades And The 'Iron Curtain'

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 11:18 am

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4:05pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Salt

Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over The Last 300 Years

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 4:56 pm

Maids at work in a large kitchen, circa 1890.
W. and D. Downey Getty Images

Cooking with calf's head and cow heel may not sound like the most palatable way to spend an afternoon, but it's all in a day's work for librarian Judith Finnamore of London's Westminster Archive Centre.

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1:32pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Jim Shoe

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 2:20 pm

Behold.
NPR

The Chicago sandwich containing gyro meat, roast beef and corned beef goes by many names. This is one of many ways in which it's like the devil, and Sean Combs. People call it the Gym Shoe, the Jim Shoe or the Jim Shoo.

Ian: With a name this unappetizing, the sandwich had no choice but to be so delicious no one would mess with it. It's like A Boy Named Shoe.

Blythe: I thought I'd need my Reebok Stomach Pumps for this.

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12:50pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:18 am

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison.
Jessica Miglio Netflix

Piper Kerman was a 24-year-old Smith College graduate in 1993, when she flew to Belgium with a suitcase of money intended for a West African drug lord.

This misguided adventure started when she began a romantic relationship with a woman who was part of what Kerman describes as a "clique of impossibly stylish and cool lesbians in their mid-30s." That woman was involved in a drug-smuggling ring, and got Kerman involved, too, though Kerman left that life after several months.

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12:43pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Book Reviews

Addictive 'Infatuations' Takes A Metaphysical Look At Crime

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 1:48 pm

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If you're like me, you probably feel exhausted just thinking about how much cultural stuff is out there. A friend recently told me he was reading an acclaimed Hungarian novelist whose books I've never opened. "Please tell me he stinks," I begged, "so I don't have to read him."

"Actually, he's great," came the reply, and I groaned. This was something I didn't want to know.

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12:10pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Art & Design

Powwow Party Flub Leads To Fashion Line

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 12:40 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now we turn to a very different kind of fashion/history story. Last year, clothing and accessories line Paul Frank hosted a powwow and dream catcher party that offended a lot of people, not just Native Americans. Bloggers like Adrienne Keene demanded an apology and the company obliged. But Paul Frank Industries didn't stop there. They decided to team up with native designers to create a line that showcases art from the many Native American cultures.

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8:31am

Mon August 12, 2013
Monkey See

Can You Really Dissolve A Guy In A Bathtub? 'Mythbusters' Tackles 'Breaking Bad'

Adam Savage and Aaron Paul trade some information on Monday night's Mythbusters.
Don Feria Discovery

Perhaps you heard that last night, a plucky little drug dealer named Walter White returned to television for his last eight episodes of the award-hoarding Breaking Bad.

But before he began his life of crime, Walter White was a chemistry teacher, and chemistry is what originally made him such a great meth cook. Breaking Bad has always included a lot of science talk, especially in the early days, and the time has come for someone to see whether it holds up.

And by "someone," I mean "Mythbusters."

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7:09am

Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs?

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:47 am

Lance Armstrong is being sued for false claims in his books, which were marketed as nonfiction.
Nathalie Magniez Getty Images

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