Arts

7:03am

Tue June 25, 2013
Book Reviews

Women Find More Than They Bargained For In 'The Property'

Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan's deceptively clear and simple line work — she can conjure a face in two dots and a single, expressive pen stroke — is a deliberate artistic choice. Narratively, Modan's work (including the acclaimed Exit Wounds and her Jamilti and Other Stories) lives in the realm of the indistinct, the undefined and the hotly disputed. In her books, conflicts between family members, lovers and nations all occur in the context of Jewish cultural history.

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7:03am

Tue June 25, 2013
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Making Art From Art: 5 Nonfiction Reads For Summer

Andrew Bannecker

An elaborate cake exactingly modeled from the work of a Dutch minimalist painter. A piece of literary criticism as interesting and expansive as its subject. A photograph of an eerie, antlered hat sculpted from feathers and tulle. Art criticism, written with a novelist's eye. Here are five books that traverse genre and medium, while keeping the same aim: to analyze, celebrate and re-imagine beautiful works of art.

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2:59am

Tue June 25, 2013
Code Switch

As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:14 am

At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers.
San Jose Library Flickr

When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect?

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3:57pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Art & Design

'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When you looked in the closet this morning, what did you pick out, and why? The power suit, the blouse that fits just right, the jeans and the boots? Even if you wear a uniform or overalls, we all make decisions about what we look like and why. Hair says a lot. So do accessories. But any message is also open to misinterpretation. What we hope to say doesn't always come across that way.

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1:28pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Music Interviews

Macy Gray: 'I Still See My Voice As Odd'

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:40 pm

Macy Gray says being an artist means not having any limits or constraints.
Courtesy of the artist

9:02am

Mon June 24, 2013
Monkey See

Illusions Of Grandeur: Why Don Draper Will Never Get To California

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men.
Jaimie Trueblood AMC

What makes Don Draper dashing is the suit, especially. And the hat, the jaw, the hair, the voice, the way he fixes his attention on a woman. But what makes Don Draper seductive as a person and not just a sexual partner is that he is perpetually a whisper away from being a better man. If he were just dashing, he would be harmless; it's that he's seductive that makes him dangerous. It's how close he seems to becoming better that makes him toxic.

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7:43am

Mon June 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

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

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7:03am

Mon June 24, 2013
New In Paperback

June 24-30: A Runaway, A Francophile, An Ex-Wife And Rabies

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:31 pm

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4:45am

Mon June 24, 2013
Code Switch

An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 11:02 am

Little Green opens in 1967 and follows Easy Rawlins' search for a young man who disappeared after visiting the Sunset Strip, seen here in 1966.
HF AP

Walter Mosley fooled us: We thought he'd killed off Easy Rawlins, the protagonist of his much-loved series. But it turned out Mosley just needed a break from the work — a long break. Six years later, in May, he came back with Little Green, possibly the best Easy Rawlins to date. Like the rest of the books in the series, it's strongly influenced by Los Angeles, the city that helped shape Mosley himself.

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5:02pm

Sun June 23, 2013
Author Interviews

A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 6:51 pm

Louise Monaghan was previously a senior travel consultant. She's currently a full-time mother.
Courtesy St. Martin's Press

Louise Monaghan's journey to Syria to rescue her kidnapped daughter begins years ago at a club in Cyprus. It was there she met a Syrian man named Mostafa, whom she would marry.

"I was smitten from the first second," she tells NPR's Jacki Lyden. "I felt he was what I needed. He made me feel safe."

But Monaghan was not safe. Mostafa was verbally abusive and beat her. They married, and the couple had a daughter named May. When they divorced, Mostafa was given visitation rights, but he wanted more.

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