Arts

7:25am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

English poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling poses in 1925.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Wed May 29, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'TransAtlantic,' by Colum McCann

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:51 am

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Like his 2009 National Book Award-winning novel, Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann's TransAtlantic is a braided novel that weaves together the stories of various characters — some historical, others invented. The storylines illustrate the deep and complex connections tying Ireland and the U.S. over a span of some 150 years, beginning with Frederick Douglass, who visits Ireland in 1845 to drum up abolitionist support, and ending with Sen.

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7:03am

Wed May 29, 2013
Book Reviews

The Courage To Cross An Ocean, Explored In 'TransAtlantic'

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 6:36 pm

In 1845, Frederick Douglass sailed to Ireland on a speaking tour to raise money for the abolitionist cause back home. About 75 years later, two airmen, Jack Alcock and Teddy Brown, performed the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight, flying 16 hours from Newfoundland to land in an Irish bog. And 79 years after that, George J. Mitchell, the former senator from Maine, repeatedly crisscrossed the ocean — New York, Belfast, New York, Belfast — to steer the Northern Ireland peace process on behalf of President Clinton.

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2:03am

Wed May 29, 2013
Kitchen Window

Rhubarb Brings Spring To The Table

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 1:48 pm

Nicole Spiridakis for NPR

Rhubarb — like spring itself — is fleeting and lovely. A vegetable that often masquerades as a fruit in sweet dishes, it is a true harbinger of the season, appearing in April and, if we're lucky, lasting until July. But it is best to seize rhubarb's moment and take full advantage as soon as its delicate pink and green ribs start appearing in markets and gardens.

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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.
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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.

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