Arts

4:13pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Book Reviews

Popes, Politics And Power: The Story Of The Borgia Family

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:16 pm

If every era gets the historical fiction it deserves, we have been good indeed. From the transcendent psychological rummagings of Hilary Mantel to the gooey pleasures of Philippa Gregory, we can set aside flowery bodice-rippers (not that there's anything wrong with those) and view the dusty figures through lenses literary, pop culture-y, or near-pornographic.

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2:18pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Author Interviews

A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:56 pm

New York City's Central Park
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At the center of David Gilbert's new novel & Sons is a famous and famously reclusive writer in the J.D. Salinger model. It's a book about the writer as author of books, and as the father of sons — sons who don't feel nearly as warmly toward him as readers do. When & Sons begins, the writer, Andrew Newbold Dyer — or A.N. Dyer as he's known to his readers — is nearing 80.

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12:43pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Remembrances

Carline Ray: A Pioneer For Women In Jazz Dies At 88

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:56 pm

Carline Ray, who sang with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Mary Lou Williams died on July 18 at the age of 88.
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Pioneering musician Carline Ray died July 18 at age 88. In the 1940s, when it was difficult for women to be accepted as jazz musicians, Ray found a home in the all-female band The International Sweethearts of Rhythm as the guitarist and a featured vocalist. She was also a bass player who performed with Sy Oliver, Mercer Ellington and Mary Lou Williams.

Ray was born in Harlem in 1925 during the Harlem Renaissance. She graduated from Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Her husband, Luis Russell, led his own band and worked as Louis Armstrong's music director.

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12:37pm

Tue July 23, 2013
NPR's Backseat Book Club

Read 'Dork Diaries' With NPR's Backseat Book Club

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It's no secret that the middle school experience can be not so fabulous, and that's particularly true for the teen at the center of Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life. The book, the first in the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell, is the July pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club.

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7:28am

Tue July 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Story By 'Catch-22' Author Published For The First Time

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:29 am

Author Joseph Heller in his publisher's office in New York City on Oct. 9, 1974.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Tue July 23, 2013
Book Reviews

Reclusive, Curmudgeonly Writer Still Nicer Than Salinger In 'Sons'

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:54 pm

When someone uses the term "instant classic," I typically want to grab him and ask, "So this is, what, like the new Great Expectations? You sure about that?" But David Gilbert's novel & Sons, seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak, made me reconsider my stance on such a label. & Sons feels deeply familiar, as though it existed for decades and I was just slow to find it. Revolving around a New York writer of J. D.

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4:37pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Monkey See

Coffee Break: Of Weddings And Looming Parental Mortality And German

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No, it's not Morning Shots today. Some of us just really aren't morning people. (What, breakfast is the only time you caffeinate?)

Without further ado:

* Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita got married, and a lot of stars were there, which is nice and all, but waitwhatdidyousaytonykushnerofficiated? <dies> [The Wrap]

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1:58pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Author Interviews

The Gronkowskis On Raising A Family Of Champions

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. You know how in America we say we don't like dynasties, but then again, we actually kind of do. And we're certainly fascinated by them, and if you follow sports, in particular football, then you're probably fascinated by the Gronkowskis.

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1:58pm

Mon July 22, 2013
World

Examining Jamaica's Homophobia

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, you might dream of just one of your kids making it as a pro athlete. Well, Gordie Gronkowski is batting four for four with another in the wings. We'll hear from Gordie and two of his sons in just a few minutes. First, though, we want to talk about an issue that's been in the headlines in this country. The issue of gay rights was front and center at the Supreme Court term that just ended. Legal advances were celebrated by LGBT activists everywhere.

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10:00am

Mon July 22, 2013
Monkey See

A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 9:50 am

Beckham the dog sports a Superman costume during Comic-Con on July 19, 2013 in San Diego. For Comic-Con, this is perfectly normal.
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Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.

9:30 a.m.: I file the Day 1 diary with Linda and send out a tweet asking Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners who are attending Comic-Con to come to the Marriott bar at 5:30 today to get a PCHH pin. It's something on the order of a "meetup," as the kids say.

Yeah, I know. I don't recognize myself either.

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