Arts

1:19pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Television

Kevin Bacon, Seeking A TV 'Following'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:46 pm

Jeannane Goossen and Kevin Bacon star as FBI special agents tracing a network of serial killers in Fox's new crime drama The Following.
Fox

In the new Fox TV series The Following, Kevin Bacon plays a former FBI agent asked to help apprehend an escaped serial killer he once put behind bars. The show is from Kevin Williamson, who also created the Scream horror-movie franchise.

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1:19pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Author Interviews

'Double V': The Fight For Civil Rights In The U.S. Military

The fight to integrate the U.S. military began with the Revolutionary War, says author Rawn James, Jr.
Bloomsbury Press

In his new book, The Double V: How Wars, Protest and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military, author Rawn James Jr. argues that if one wants to understand the story of race in the United States, one must understand the history of African-Americans in the country's military. Since the country was founded, he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, the military "has continually been forced to confront what it means to segregate individuals according to race."

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7:03am

Mon January 21, 2013
New In Paperback

Jan. 21-27: A Robbery, An Assassin And A Writer's Pilgrimage

Crown

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Richard Ford, Chris Pavone and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.

Copyright 2013 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

7:03am

Mon January 21, 2013
You Must Read This

Urban Oases: Getting Lost in 'Invisible Cities'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:11 pm

Carlo Allegri Getty Images

Eric Weiner's latest book is Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine.

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3:41am

Mon January 21, 2013
Arts & Life

Aretha Franklin Was Already Famous, But Her Hat-Maker Wasn't

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 12:54 pm

At the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration of President Obama, Aretha Franklin's hat nearly stole the show. Her chapeau became a sensation, and made its creator, 36-year-old Luke Song, famous overnight.
Ron Edmonds AP

After the first Obama inauguration, everybody talked about three things: the historic moment, the Arctic weather — and Aretha Franklin's hat.

If it is possible for a piece of millinery to steal the thunder of one of the most-watched moments in recent memory, the Queen of Soul's hat managed to do it. Her gray felt cloche was topped with a giant, matching bow, outlined in rhinestones that flashed in the chill sunlight as she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

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5:29pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Author Interviews

George Saunders On Absurdism And Ventriloquism In 'Tenth Of December'

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George Saunders has been writing short stories for decades.

Saunders, a professor at Syracuse University, was once a geological engineer who traveled the world; he now crafts stories that combine the absurd and fantastic with the mundane realities of everyday life. One story about a professional caveman inspired those Geico commercials.

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4:12pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Author Interviews

Connecting With Nature To Reclaim Our Natural 'Birthright'

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:29 pm

Stephen Kellert is a professor emeritus and senior research scholar at Yale University.
John Mueller Yale University Press

"Contact with nature is not some magical elixir but the natural world is the substrate on which we must build our existence," writes Stephen Kellert in his new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World.

In it, he tells stories of the environment's effect on us, and ours on it. His writing builds on the traditions of Thoreau, John Muir and Rachel Carson. Modern society, he argues, has become adversarial in its relationship to nature, having greatly undervalued the natural world beyond its narrow utility.

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6:11am

Sun January 20, 2013
You Must Read This

Fiction Truer Than Fact: A Haunting Autobiographical Novel

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:28 pm

Sarah Manguso's latest book is called The Guardians.

I like autobiographies that approach their subjects insidiously. My favorite ones begin as a study of someone or something else. Then, partway through, the author realizes he's the subject. And my very favorite autobiographies are the ones, in all their particularity, that might as well be about me — or you, or anyone.

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6:02am

Sun January 20, 2013
Author Interviews

Presidents Use Bully Pulpit To Shape American Language In 'Words'

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 8:05 am

Bloomsbury

The office of the president offers a lot of responsibilities and privileges. Your actions drive the world's most powerful military, billions of dollars worth of domestic policy and, perhaps most importantly, the way the country speaks.

That's what linguist and writer Paul Dickson contends in his new book, Words From the White House. It's a look back through history at the words and phrases popularized by our presidents — including the ones they don't get credit for anymore.

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12:13am

Sun January 20, 2013
Monkey See

Our Royalty: Bangs Aren't All Michelle Obama And Kate Middleton Have In Common

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:28 pm

First lady Michelle Obama waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4.
Jae C. Hong AP

Ask yourself this question: How weird would it be if you changed your hair and it was on the news?

No, seriously. Pull back from everything you know about celebrity and pretend it's about you. You change your hair. You decide, "Hey, you know what? It's been long for a while; what if I went a little shorter?" And so you go a little shorter. And then it is on the news.

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