Arts

4:11pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Ask Me Another

The Hokey Pokey

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:18 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

We have our first two fabulous contestants: Caroline Blanchard and Jason Salisbury, standing at the puzzle podiums. Welcome.

CAROLINE BLANCHARD: Hello.

JASON SALISBURY: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, it turns out the two of you are married, even though you changed your last names, clearly for the point of this show.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So, and you have a longstanding trivia partnership as well as nuptial partnership.

BLANCHARD: Probably longer trivia than nuptial, but, yes.

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3:28pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Book Reviews

Beauty Marks: Patricia Volk's Lessons In Womanhood

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 12:12 pm

Patricia Volk is an essayist, novelist and memoirist. She grew up in a restaurant-owning family in New York City.
Random House

I've loved Patricia Volk's writing ever since I read her evocative 2002 memoir, Stuffed, which told the story of her grandfather — who introduced pastrami to America — as well as the rest of her family, who fed New Yorkers for more than 100 years in their various restaurants. Stuffed, like the best food memoirs, served up so much more on its plate than just a bagel and a schmear. So when I picked up Volk's new memoir, Shocked, my appetite was already whetted for the humor of her writing, its emotional complexity and smarts.

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3:28pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Author Interviews

Living With Chronic Pain 'In The Kingdom Of The Sick'

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Laurie Edwards has a chronic respiratory disease so rare that she's met only one other person who has it — and that was through the Internet. In and out of hospitals her entire life, Edwards, now 32, wasn't accurately diagnosed until she was 23. Before they correctly identified her condition — primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), which is similar in some ways to cystic fibrosis — doctors thought she might be an atypical asthma patient, that she wasn't taking her medications correctly, or that her symptoms were perhaps brought on by stress.

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2:20pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Theater

'American Utopias': From Disney World To Zuccotti Park

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:33 pm

Playwright Mike Daisey has created over 15 monologues.
Ursa Waz

In his new one-man show, American Utopias, award-winning monologist Mike Daisey ties together three unlikely places: Disney World, Zuccotti Park — the home base of the Occupy Wall Street movement — and the annual arts event Burning Man.

"I love how each of these communities are these temporary things, but in that world, the people are creating a dreamscape for themselves," he tells NPR's Neal Conan. "And I thought it was a really a valuable way of looking at that phenomenon."

The show runs through April 21, at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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1:40pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Theater

'Matilda' Brings Beloved Book To Broadway

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

The Broadway cast of Matilda the Musical, including Olivier Award-winning actor Bertie Carvel as the barbaric headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
Joan Marcus

Matilda is a well-loved book by Roald Dahl, who's been called the greatest children's storyteller of the 20th century. It's about a much-put-upon little girl with tremendous gifts. Now, Matilda has been turned into a Broadway musical.

The British import, which won last year's prestigious Olivier Award and features a revolving cast of four little girls in the lead role, opens in New York tonight.

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11:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Arts & Life

Listener Muses About Tobacco, Parcheesi, and Espresso Cups

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And we have the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor. We're celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. Poems at 140 characters or less that you send us on Twitter.

Today's poem comes from Chris Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He writes and tweets under the name Boinkaz. Our series curator Holly Bass says she likes this one because it reminds her of her first trip to Istanbul, Turkey earlier this year. Here's the tweet.

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11:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Theater

Was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. An Ordinary Guy?

The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.

11:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Books

Hotel Magnate Bill Marriott On Life's Lessons

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:36 pm

In the 1920s, a man passing through Washington, D.C., noticed something about the city in September: It was sweltering, and there were few places to seek relief. He figured you could make a lot of money selling ice-cold drinks.

That first business venture set J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. on a road to riches.

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9:10am

Thu April 11, 2013
Monkey See

The Downside Of Flexibility: A Plea For Must-See TV At A Must-Watch Time

In a scene from Friends' eighth season, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) react to Rachel's pending pregnancy. The birth of the baby was a major plot point of the Emmy-winning season of the series.
Warner Bros. Televison

I remember riding the bus to school in the early 2000s, listening as the older kids argued passionately about was going to happen on that night's episode of Friends. In the background, radio ads on the local Top 40 pop station dramatically intoned that maybe Rachel was finally going to admit she really loved Joey and not Ross, but you wouldn't know unless you tuned in to NBC at 8:00 on the dot.

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8:03am

Thu April 11, 2013
Books

Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

Venezuelan author Romulo Gallegos (1884-1969), circa 1950.
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Marcela Valdes is the books editor of The Washington Examiner and a specialist in Latin American literature and culture.

For more than 40 years, the most important book prize in South America has been bankrolled by the region's most famous petro-nation: Venezuela. Yet Venezuelan novelists themselves rank among the least read and translated writers in the entire continent. Over and over again as I worked on this article, I stumped editors and translators with a simple question: Who are Venezuela's best novelists?

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