Arts

5:13pm

Mon August 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

App, Secret Sites Create The Immersive World Of 'Night Film'

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 6:58 pm

Marisha Pessl's previous novel was Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
David Schulze

When you watch a DVD these days, there's a whole array of extras waiting for you after the movie — commentaries, deleted scenes, special re-creations that add to the experience.

But what if you are a novelist and want to do the same? Could you? Should you?

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3:43pm

Mon August 19, 2013
The Salt

Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:40 pm

We found lots of avocados being sold six or 10 to a $1 bag in the San Francisco area. Some weighed less than 3 ounces.
Alastair Bland for NPR

What's thick-skinned and leathery, about the size of an egg, essential for guacamole and sold eight for a dollar?

No, not limes. Hass avocados. This year, anyway. These pear-sized fruits usually weigh half a pound or more. In the summer of 2013, though, hundreds of thousands of trees in Southern California are sagging with the tiniest Hass avocados in local memory — some just the size of a golf ball.

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2:02pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Author Interviews

'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 5:52 pm

T.E. Lawrence, shown here on Oct. 3, 1928, wore Arab clothing in an effort to be seen as trustworthy.
AP

One of the most intriguing figures of 20th-century warfare is T.E. Lawrence, the British army officer who immersed himself in the culture of the Arabian Peninsula's Bedouin tribes and played a key role in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. He became a well-known and romanticized figure in post-war England, and was immortalized in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia.

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1:53pm

Mon August 19, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: PB&J Fries

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:55 pm

Peter failed to hitch this to the back of his motorcycle and bring it back to Chicago for us.
NPR

Canadians have given us so much, from the BlackBerry, a kind of phone your parents' older friends used to use, to Leslie Hope, the lady who played Kiefer Sutherland's wife in Season 1 of 24. But perhaps towering above all is poutine, which translated from the Quebecois is "stuff poured onto french fries." Usually it's some variation of cheese, meat and gravy, but I was told that in Portland, Ore. (naturally), at a food truck (naturally), you can get peanut butter and jelly on fries. So I went, naturally.

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12:31pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Arts & Life

Faith Ringgold: No 'Knock Down, Drag Out Black Woman Story'

The legendary artist began her career in 1963, the same year as the March on Washington. She talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her life, work, and why no one originally wanted to hear her story.

7:12am

Mon August 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

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

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7:03am

Mon August 19, 2013
New In Paperback

Aug. 19-25: Famous Encounters, Romance On The Nile And A Family Murder

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 2:24 pm

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3:07am

Mon August 19, 2013
Books

For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:14 pm

The Tyson Library in Ludlow, Vt., is required to support itself independently; public libraries in Vermont receive no state funding.
Neda Ulaby NPR

More than 90 percent of Americans say public libraries are important to their communities, according to the Pew Research Center. But the way that love translates into actual financial support varies hugely from state to state.

Vermont, for instance, brags that it has more libraries per capita than any other U.S. state. Some of them are remarkably quaint. In Ludlow, one library is a white clapboard Victorian, slightly frayed, ringed by lilies and sitting by the side of a brook.

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3:03am

Mon August 19, 2013
Afghanistan

In Kabul, A Juggling Act That Offers Joy For Afghan Kids

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 6:52 am

Students at the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children participate in the juggling parade on the streets of Kabul before Afghanistan's eighth annual national juggling championship last week.
Sean Carberry NPR

Morning traffic in Kabul can be punishing enough as it is. But on a recent day, there's an extra element clogging up the streets, a scene you don't see on a typical day in the Afghan capital.

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5:23pm

Sun August 18, 2013
Author Interviews

A Dystopian View Of America's 'Fallen' Suburbs

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:03 pm

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The suburbs can be a creepy place. And they are at their creepiest in Patrick Flanery's new novel, Fallen Land. Set outside an unnamed American city, this dark and complex thriller plays out in a half-built subdivision where construction ground to a halt during the housing crisis.

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