Arts

2:48am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Salt

So Jerry Seinfeld Called Us To Talk About Coffee

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:48 pm

In an episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee called "Larry Eats A Pancake," Jerry Seinfeld has coffee with Larry David.
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According to Jerry Seinfeld's publicist, the comedian was listening to Coffee Week on Morning Edition and decided he had something to add. So he called up host Steve Inskeep. Here's what he shared, edited for brevity.

On his new coffee habit

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5:03pm

Thu April 25, 2013
The Salt

Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:48 pm

Courtesy of Kazuki Yamamoto

Clovers? Hearts? That's small fries, guys. It's time you met The Cat:

That 3-D creation is the work of Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto. The 26-year-old resident of Osaka creates ephemeral works of art in espresso and foam.

From whimsical monsters crafted from milk froth ...

... to adorable homages to favorite childhood cartoon characters ...

Yamamoto's art makes you regret the need to consume the canvas.

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2:06pm

Thu April 25, 2013
Arts & Life

Steadicam Inventor Joins Inventors Hall of Fame

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:32 am

Garrett Brown with Sylvester Stallone during the filming of Rocky II.
Courtesy Garrett Brown

Rocky Balboa's sprint up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum in Rocky is a scene that would have once been impossible to film. Camera innovator Garrett Brown made it possible when he invented the Steadicam, a body-mounted camera that stabilizes handheld shots.

Brown has received three Academy Awards for his technical inventions and holds 50 patents for cinematography devices. The college dropout-turned-inventor will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May.

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1:37pm

Thu April 25, 2013
Television

Matthew Weiner On 'Mad Men' And Meaning

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was also a writer and producer on The Sopranos for a time.
Michael Yarish AMC

The sixth season of AMC's Mad Men, which premiered April 7, jumps forward in time a few months from where the fifth season concluded. The first episode of the season comes to a close on New Year's Day 1968. That date was designed to set the tone for the entire season.

That year, says Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, is, "as far as I can tell, in the top two or three worst years in U.S. history."

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11:44am

Thu April 25, 2013
Arts & Life

Listener Muses About Visions And Cherry Blossoms

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now the latest in our series Muses and Metaphor. We are celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poems that you've been sending us via Twitter. Today we hear from Sarah Jones of Seattle. She recently moved from Los Angeles with her husband and two sons and says her family made it just in time to see the cherry trees blossom. Here she is.

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9:43am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Picture Show

Chicano Males Stare Down Stereotypes

Courtesy of Harry Gamboa, Jr.

When Harry Gamboa Jr. saw Chicanos in the mainstream media, he didn't see himself, or the people he knew. And he wanted to change that.

Growing up during the 1960s Chicano movement, the Los Angeles-based artist resented how Chicanos were often portrayed, he says. His photo series Chicano Male Unbonded was his response.

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7:12am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Maya Angelou Out Of Hospital, Recovering At Home

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:27 am

Writer and poet Maya Angelou attends her 82nd birthday party in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Thu April 25, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena'

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 1:13 pm

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Until last week, when the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were revealed to be Chechen, you might not have spent much time thinking about Chechnya. It's far away. It might not even be the country you're picturing as you read this.

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7:03am

Thu April 25, 2013
Book Reviews

'Woman Upstairs': Friendly On The Outside, Furious On The Inside

Claire Messud's cosmopolitan sensibilities infuse her fiction with a refreshing cultural fluidity. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady (1995), followed two midlife sisters in search of new beginnings, one in Bali and the other on the Isle of Skye. In her second novel, The Last Life (1999), a teenager reacting to a family crisis pondered her father's origins in Algeria and southern France, and her mother's New England roots.

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5:29am

Thu April 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Presidential Libraries Inspire Design Of George W. Bush Center

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This does not happen very often. This morning all five living presidents, past and present, are in the same place at the same time.

The occasion is the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The design committee for this presidential library had a former librarian as its chairperson, former First Lady Laura Bush. She told our colleague David Greene she studied the libraries of presidents past.

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