Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Burger King Veggie Burger

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:24 pm

You've got your work cut out for you here, mayonnaise.

Burger King has made great reforms in the past few years, in case you haven't noticed. First, the election of its first Burger Prime Minister freed its citizens from the absolute monarchy that had ruled the restaurant for decades. Second, it created a veggie burger.

Eva: I wonder where they got the vegetarian pink slime.

Miles: I do have to hand it to Burger King, its food-shame substitute feels almost exactly like the real thing.

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Mon July 15, 2013
The Picture Show

Photo Exhibit Spanning Decades Reveals Our Collective War Story

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:13 am

War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning.

As a photojournalist and picture editor, I've consumed my fair share of conflict photography, essays and films. How could this exhibition possibly be any different from all the other shows I've seen in this vein?

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Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Anonymous Tip Led To Outing Of J.K. Rowling's Alter Ego

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 1:08 pm

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

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Mon July 15, 2013
New In Paperback

July 15-21: J.K. Rowling, The American South And The Right To Bear Arms

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:50 pm

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Mon July 15, 2013
Crime In The City

G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 5:10 am

Author Joel Goldman has found there's plenty of true crime to write about in the Kansas City metro area.
Charlie Riedel AP

Split by the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Kansas City metro area has been home to political bosses, jazz clubs, barbecue joints and tough characters, all of which find their way into author Joel Goldman crime thrillers.

Nine years ago, when Goldman was working as an attorney, he was diagnosed with a movement disorder that makes him shake and stutter at times. So he quit his practice and eventually gave his medical condition to one of his main characters, Kansas City FBI agent Jack Davis.

'Brought To His Knees' In A Hardscrabble Neighborhood

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Sun July 14, 2013
Pop Culture

Remembering Cory Monteith — Not Finn Hudson In 'Glee'

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:29 pm

Cory Monteith, who played Finn in the television series Glee, was found dead Saturday in a hotel room in Canada. He was 31.
Chris Pizzello AP

The Cory Monteith that most Americans knew wasn't Cory Monteith at all. He was Finn Hudson, the high school football star turned Glee club member, whose singing talents were discovered in the shower during the musical comedy's pilot episode on Fox TV.

But outside of a love for drumming, Monteith said, the character on the hit show wasn't him.

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Sun July 14, 2013
Author Interviews

Racing Hearts, Fluttering Wings: American 'Butterfly People'

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 6:54 pm

During the mid-19th century, an unexpected craze swept America: butterfly collecting. Eager to move on from the Civil War and driven by Europe's long-standing fascination with the insect, the movement captured the interest of Americans from all ages and walks of life.

In an extensive book, Butterfly People: An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World, William Leach documents this butterfly phenomenon — from its founders and followers, to its eventual fall.

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Sun July 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

Why A Symbol For 'The' Probably Won't Take Off

This new symbol for "the" probably won't become a new trend.

An Australian restaurant owner-turned-innovator has created a character to replace the word "the" in the English language. Similar to how the ampersand replaces "and" and the "@" symbol replaces the word "at," Paul Mathis' character looks to simplify the most common word in the English language.

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Sun July 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'This Town' Takes Aim At The Washington Establishment

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 12:12 pm

Washington, D.C. gets a bad rap: politicians love to run against it, voters love to complain about it — but New York Times Magazine correspondent Mark Leibovich says he's actually an optimist about our nation's capital.

Leibovich's new book is This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — plus plenty of valet parking! — In America's Gilded Capital. It's a lively account of the sometimes incestuous mix of media and politics in D.C., and unlike many books about politics, it doesn't have an index.

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Sun July 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Zealot' Tells The Story Of Jesus The Man, Not The Messiah

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:57 pm

When religious scholar Reza Aslan was 15, he went to an evangelical Christian camp. For the first time, he heard the gospel story — the story of Jesus. It was a profound experience for him, and he immediately converted. But later, when Aslan went to college and began working toward a degree in the New Testament, he found he had doubts.

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