Arts

6:38pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Author Interviews

Novel Examines Afghanistan War From A Pakistani Perspective

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:43 am

The sun sets just east of Chaman, Pakistan, near the Afghan border, on Nov. 8, 2001.
Laura Rauch AP

Two young men — foster brothers in love with the same woman — leave their small Pakistani town for Afghanistan in late 2001. Jeo, a medical student, wants to help wounded civilians and Mikal is there to look after Jeo, but their good intentions aren't enough to keep them safe in an increasingly dangerous war zone.

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5:15pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Monkey See

Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:43 am

Last year's Comikaze, seen here in September 2012, attracted tens of thousands of attendees.
AP

You may be familiar with the San Diego Comic-Con, a constantly expanding convention for fans that started as a niche event for comic-book nerds and is now a sprawling pop-culture event.

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4:35pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Fine Art

Proposal To Sell Detroit's Art To Save The City Draws Outrage

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:43 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Perhaps you know what these artworks have in common: Van Gogh's "Portrait of the Postman Roulin," his ample beard falling in two symmetric lobes over the collar of his navy blue uniform; Brueghel the Elder's "Wedding Dance," in which some of the exuberant contact seems to go beyond dancing; Diego Rivera's fresco of workers on an assembly line: Detroit Industry, South Wall.

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3:34pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Pop Culture

What Happens To Spelling Bee Kids? Years Later, The Prize Is Perspective

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 2:25 pm

Srinivas Ayyagari onstage in 1992 (left); at right, Ayyagari today. "Seeing someone from ESPN commenting on your style and strategy was bizarre and weird. But it's the closest I'll ever come to being an athlete," Ayyagari says.
Srinivas Ayyagari

For an academic contest pitting young spellers against the dictionary, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has taken on the intensity of the fiercest athletic events. Feeling the warmth of television lights — not to mention nerves and distractions — all while sports commentators are analyzing your "style" and approach is something only a select club of young word-nerdy Americans gets to experience. How does that early experience affect these mostly middle-school-aged kids later in life?

Lasting Memories

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2:56pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Author Interviews

Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 2:29 pm

Stephen King delves into the seedy underworld of carnies for his latest novel, Joyland.
Hard Case Crime

For 20 years, Stephen King has had an image stuck in his head: It's a boy in a wheelchair flying a kite on a beach. "It wanted to be a story, but it wasn't a story," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But little by little, the story took shape around the image — and focused on an amusement park called "Joyland" located just a little farther down the beach.

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2:11pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Digital Life

What's Happened To Wonder? The Bliss Of Confusion

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:12 pm

As children, we are allowed to be confused, lost, and full of wonder. As adults in the age of Google, we are expected to project confidence, knowledge and understanding. Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic, talks about how learning a foreign language reignited his imagination.

12:50pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Monkey See

A Parade Of Goobers: 17 Actual People Presented To 'The Bachelorette'

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:49 pm

Desiree's parade of goobers. You'll notice the one without the shirt on. And the fact that many of them are the same guy.
Kevin Foley ABC

Last night brought the premiere of the new season of The Bachelorette, in which Desiree, who was rejected by Sean on the last season of The Bachelor, was presented with 25 men from whom to choose. The theory is that if television producers choose 25 guys for you to pick from, surely one of them is your soul mate. Makes sense!

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11:56am

Tue May 28, 2013
New In Paperback

May 27-June 2: Oxford In 1590, London In 2008 And The Net Now

Shadow of Night book cover

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11:43am

Tue May 28, 2013
Economy

Should Detroit Bail Out By Selling Van Gogh?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we head to Detroit. We've reported a number of times on the city's serious financial difficulties. The city owes billions of dollars to creditors and the governor of Michigan has appointed an emergency manager to try to settle the city's finances.

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11:09am

Tue May 28, 2013
Monkey See

Bad News, Men: You're Not Very Charming

I hate to break this to you, Men Of The Entire United States (Especially Actors), but The Atlantic has just run a lengthy piece pronouncing you un-charming.

At first, Benjamin Schwarz seems to mean "good conversationalist" when he says "charming." He says:

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