Arts

7:13am

Tue August 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Albert Murray, Opponent Of Black Separatism, Dies At 97

Author and cultural critic Albert Murray wrote the 1970 book The Omni-Americans.
Chris Felver Getty Images

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

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7:03am

Tue August 20, 2013
Book Reviews

'Schindler' Author Returns With A Tale Of The Great War

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 12:08 pm

Is there more to say about World War I nurses and their patients after Hemingway's uber-classic A Farewell to Arms? The saga of ambulance driver Frederic Henry and his beautiful English nurse Catherine Barkley is generally thought to be an unrivaled fictional treatment of what was called, at the time, the Great War. Could a different novelist squeeze additional juice from this particular grape?

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6:39pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Europe

Relying On Old Artisan Ways, French Brand Makes Itself Anew

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

Moynat was renowned for products such as the lightweight wicker trunk named Malle Anglaise, or English trunk, which was invented in 1873. This trunk was subsequently improved and a new patent filed in 1889.
Courtesy of Moynat

Founded in the mid-19th century, French luxury leather goods maker Moynat became renowned for making traveling trunks for the moneyed set. Though a pioneer in its field, it fell on hard times and closed its doors in the 1970s.

These days, the fabled company is undergoing a resurrection — turning out limited quantities of luxurious, handmade bags that rely on centuries-old craftsmanship.

On a recent day, Moynat's CEO, Guillaume Davin, leads me up the back stairs of the company's flagship boutique in Paris.

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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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