Arts

5:34pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Theater

How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:03 am

Side Show tells the true story of conjoined twins who go from a freak show to vaudeville and try, unsuccessfully, to find love along the way. "We just did not get enough bodies and butts in seats that translate into word of mouth," says Side Show producer Darren Bagert. Above (from left): Ryan Silverman, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik.
Joan Marcus O+M Co.

Broadway is New York's biggest tourist attraction and brought in $1.3 billion in ticket sales last season. But it's also a high-stakes gamble for producers, since only 1 in 4 Broadway shows turns a profit. This month, two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals, a revival of Side Show and The Last Ship, with songs by Sting, have thrown in the towel — closing, having lost almost their entire investments.

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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'The Jaguar's Children' By John Vaillant

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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3:24pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Monkey See

An Uneven But Auspicious 'Nightly' Opener

Larry Wilmore brought The Nightly Show to Comedy Central on Monday night.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for Comedy Central

It's perhaps not surprising that the strongest part of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on its debut Monday was the part that looked the most like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, with which it shares considerable DNA. Wilmore opened with an observation that the Oscar nominations are "so white a grand jury decided not to indict them," acknowledged Selma and said the words "Eric Garner" and "Ferguson" in the teaser before the show open even rolled. (What was on Colbert's show the "pre-eagle" moment.)

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2:02pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Television

'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

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2:02pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Author Interviews

In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:35 pm

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12:03pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Book Reviews

'Whipping Boy' Is Part Memoir, Part Crime Thriller

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:01 pm

Bullying has become a hot-button issue in recent years, a fact that Allen Kurzweil hasn't overlooked in Whipping Boy. It's his first volume of nonfiction, and the premise is as ripped-from-the-headlines as they come: Forty years after suffering the vicious abuse of a bully in school, Kurzweil has written an account of his decades-long search for Cesar Augustus Viana, the boy who tormented him.

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7:03am

Tue January 20, 2015
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: Scott McCloud's 'The Sculptor'

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:35 pm

Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud is sometimes called the "Aristotle of Comics" because of his three landmark nonfiction works: Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics. He's a man who's spent a lot of time thinking about making art — and that's reflected in The Sculptor, his first full-length graphic novel.

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3:17am

Tue January 20, 2015
Author Interviews

Book Club: Hector Tobar Answers Your Questions About 'Deep Down Dark'

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:50 am

Kainaz Amaria NPR

Welcome to the first session of the Morning Edition Reads book club! Here's how it works: A well-known writer will pick a book he or she loved. We'll all read it. Then, you'll send us your questions about the book. About a month later, we'll reconvene to talk about the book with the author and the writer who picked it.

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6:24pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:55 am

Burton Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street, says investors in broadly based index funds do better in the long run than stock pickers.
Toby Richards AP

In 1973, Burton Malkiel published a very readable guide to investing called A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He didn't rest with the first edition, though. Over the past 42 years — as we've lived through bubbles and crashes, scandals and fads — Malkiel has returned more than a few times to his seminal Walk.

In fact, this year he plans to release the book's 11th edition.

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4:19pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Code Switch

In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

David Oyelowo stars as Joe "Lightning" Little in Red Tails.
Jiri Hanzl Lucasfilm

British actor David Oyelowo has been praised for his chameleon-like ability to embody different accents and roles with confidence and ease.

In a relatively short eight years in Hollywood, the London transplant has assembled an impressive portfolio of supporting roles in films by directors Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and J.C. Chandor. But it's his performance as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava Duvernay's Selma that has cemented his position as a leading man.

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