Arts

7:23am

Wed May 22, 2013
Kitchen Window

Real Butterscotch: The Beauty Of Sugar And Dairy Transformed

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:43 am

Deena Prichep for NPR

Butterscotch is going through something of a revival. So much so, that two Kitchen Window contributors wanted to write about it. Therefore, welcome to the more-than-you-ever-thought-you-needed-to-know-about-butterscotch special coverage. Today is the second in our two-part butterscotch series. Last week's column has more recipes featuring this resurgent flavor.

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7:03am

Wed May 22, 2013
Book Reviews

A Different Kind Of Immigrant Experience In 'Americanah'

PIUS UTOMI EKPEI AFP/Getty Images

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's fourth book, Americanah, is so smart about so many subjects that to call it a novel about being black in the 21st century doesn't even begin to convey its luxurious heft and scope. Americanah is indeed a novel about being black in the 21st century — in America, Great Britain and Africa, while answering a want ad, choosing a lover, hailing a cab, eating collard greens, watching Barack Obama on television — but you could also call it a novel of immigration and dislocation, just about every page tinged with faint loneliness.

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3:37pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Monkey See

'Arrested Development' Leads The Charge For Old Brands In New Media

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:43 pm

David Cross and Portia de Rossi in a scene from Arrested Development, which returns on Netflix on May 26.
Sam Urdank AP

Arrested Development returning via Netflix? Just another old-media brand reviving itself on new media.

The TV show, which originally ran on Fox from 2003 to 2006 and unveils new episodes on Netflix next weekend, finds itself in splendid company. Radiohead, Louis C.K., Veronica Mars — all found their audiences with promotion and distribution from big studios and networks. Radiohead was signed to a major music label. Louis C.K. enjoyed HBO specials and TV shows. And Veronica Mars ran on two TV networks for three years.

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2:39pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Parallels

China Builds Museums ... But Will The Visitors Come?

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:43 pm

One of the highlights of the new China Art Palace in Shanghai is a giant digital rendering of a famous ancient scroll, "Along the River During Qingming Festival," which includes figures that walk and talk. The work was first presented at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Shanghai did something last fall that few other cities on the planet could have even considered. It opened two massive art museums right across the river from one another on the same day.

The grand openings put an exclamation point on China's staggering museum building boom. In recent years, about 100 museums have opened annually here, peaking at nearly 400 in 2011, according to the Chinese Society of Museums.

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2:05pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Humans

The Art And Science Of Motivation

Transcript

JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden in Washington. Neal Conan is away. It's graduation season, and that means 20-somethings and parents sitting through long commencement ceremonies while the older and wiser give advice. Here's comedian Stephen Colbert speaking at the University of Virginia.

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1:22pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Picture Show

'Nanogardens' Sprout Up On The Surface Of A Penny

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:36 pm

Nanoflowers, each smaller than the thickness of a dollar bill, sprout up spontaneously on a surface dipped in salts and silicon.
Courtesy of Wim Noorduin/Harvard University

April showers bring May flowers. But in this case, the blossoms are too small for even a bumblebee to see.

Engineers at Harvard University have figured out a way to make microscopic sculptures of roses, tulips and violets, each smaller than a strand of hair.

To get a sense of just how small these flower sculptures are, grab a penny and flip it on its back. Right in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial, you'll see a faint impression of Abraham Lincoln. These roses would make a perfect corsage for the president's jacket lapel.

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12:51pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Movie Interviews

Soderbergh's Liberace, 'Behind The Candelabra'

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 6:45 pm

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as Liberace and his young lover, Scott Thorson, in Steven Soderbergh's new HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Claudette Barius HBO

Director Steven Soderbergh had been looking for a way to frame a film about the extravagant entertainer Liberace for years when a friend recommended the book Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace.

The book — a memoir — is by Scott Thorson, who for five years was Liberace's lover, though that wasn't publicly disclosed at the time.

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11:47am

Tue May 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Starfleet Divide: The 'Star Trek' Universe Revisits One Of Its Great Debates

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:18 pm

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Zade Rosenthal Paramount Pictures

[Caution: contains pretty abundant spoilers about the Star Trek universe, but only fairly nonspecific ones about the new film.]

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7:16am

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Stephen King's New Bogeyman? Digital Publishing

Stephen King holds a special pink Kindle given to him at a 2009 unveiling event for the Amazon Kindle 2.
Mario Tama Getty Images

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

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7:03am

Tue May 21, 2013
Book Reviews

American Voices On 'The Unwinding' of America's Values

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 10:39 am

Halfway through The Unwinding, George Packer — author of the highly praised The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (2005)delineates how quickly political idealism can disappear when one becomes exposed to a world of easy money.

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