Arts

12:46pm

Tue April 30, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is Time Real?

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

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We physicists are all romantics. Don't laugh; it's true. In our youth we all fall deeply in love. We fall in love with a beautiful idea: beyond this world of constant change lies another world that is perfect and timeless.

This eternal domain is made not of matter or energy. It's made from perfect, timeless mathematical laws. Finding those exquisite eternal laws — or better yet, a single timeless formula for everything — is the Holy Grail we dedicate our lives to.

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12:15pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Muses And Metaphor

Wrapping Up 'Muses And Metaphor'

Throughout April, Tell Me More has been airing poetic tweets in honor of National Poetry Month. Series curator Holly Bass shares final tweets from celebrated poet Richard Blanco and Canadian listener Bauke Kamstra.

11:36am

Tue April 30, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: Walter Mosley's 'Little Green'

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The last time we saw Walter Mosley's hardboiled hero Easy Rawlins, his car was hurtling off a cliff in the climax of 2007's Blonde Faith — a turn of events that Mosley hinted would be fatal.

But after months drifting in and out of a coma, Easy is back, and prowling the uneasy streets of 1967 Los Angeles in search of a missing teenager, Evander 'Little Green' Noon — for whom the book is named. Two years on from the Watts riots, LA is in the grip of the Summer of Love, and a lot has changed while Easy was unconscious.

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8:04am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Winnie-The-Pooh' Author Wrote WWI Propaganda

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:38 am

British author A.A. Milne looks positively Bond-esque in this photo from 1952.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Tue April 30, 2013
Book Reviews

'Daily Rituals' Of The Brilliantly Creative

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:33 am

The Onion published an essay recently called "Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life."The piece was satire, but it's how many of us respond to the question Mason Currey raises in his entertaining new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. "How do you do meaningful creative work," he wonders, "while also earning a living?"

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7:03am

Tue April 30, 2013
Poetry

A Cartoon Tribute To Cats, And The Poets Who Loved Them

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:08 pm

Francesco Marciuliano

Tuesday marks the close of National Poetry Month, a 30-day celebration of all things versified and all people versifying. And in tangentially related news, for more than eight months, a book of cat-themed poetry — I Could Pee On This — has perched on the NPR best-seller lists. There it sits, insouciantly swishing its tail amid self-help books and memoirs, the poetry world's sole representative on the list.

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3:20am

Tue April 30, 2013
Author Interviews

'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:27 pm

Willa Cather is one of America's greatest literary voices. Most notably, her stories of immigrant farmers in Nebraska are intimate windows into the lives that make up a greater history of American settlement and struggle.

Cather was also a pioneering female writer in a literary world run by men, and a driven businesswoman — meticulous about every detail of her work, down to the very design of a book jacket. And when she died in 1947, she left a will forbidding the adaptation of her works to theater or film and the publication of her personal letters.

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3:08am

Tue April 30, 2013
Books

Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 1:17 pm

Author Benjamin Alire Saenz writes about life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Here he holds his latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, in front of "$26," a painting by Francisco Delgado (the presidents in the painting appear on American bills worth a collective $26).
Mark Lambie Courtesy El Paso Times

On a Saturday night, the bridge that links downtown El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico is hauntingly still. Once, this was a border crossing flush with life; now, after years of brutal drug violence, it's like a graveyard. It's certainly not the border that American author Benjamin Alire Saenz recalls from his high school days.

"We'd all pile in a couple of cars. There'd be like 10 of us and we'd come over to Juarez," Saenz remembers. "We'd go to all these places like The Cave, the Club Hawaii ... the Kentucky Club ... and we would just have a good time and laugh."

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5:33pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Books News & Features

What's In A Category? 'Women Novelists' Sparks Wiki-Controversy

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:48 pm

The "American novelists" category on Wikipedia now includes a controversial subcategory: "American women novelists."
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It all started one night when writer Amanda Filipacchi was browsing through Wikipedia and noticed an absence of women under the category "American novelists." At first, she thought the female writers being moved off the page were not important enough to be on it. But then she discovered some obscure male novelists were still listed, while some well-known women were not.

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5:32pm

Mon April 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Real-World Connection Between Video Games And Guns

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:43 pm

Medal of Honor's authentic action is a selling point for its publisher, Electronic Arts.
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In the aftermath of last year's Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the Entertainment Software Association, which serves computer and video game publishers, issued a statement saying that years of research has shown no connection between entertainment and real-world violence.

But there's still a connection between video game makers and real-world gun makers.

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