Arts

2:05pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Arts & Life

Backstage At The Bolshoi Ballet

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:29 pm

Transcript

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11:43am

Tue March 12, 2013
History

First African-American Poet Still Showing New Work

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:42 pm

Newly found poem by Jupiter Hammon.
Courtesy of Yale University Libraries

It's the handwriting that stands out to Cedrick May.

As an associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Arlington, he assigned his doctoral students to find some of the known works by Jupiter Hammon, the first published African-American poet. Hammon's works date back to 1760.

What one student ended up finding was a previously unpublished piece by the poet that shows how deeply he thought about slavery and religion.

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7:38am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 10:00 am

Paintings adorn the "Magic Bus" on display at a museum built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

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

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7:03am

Tue March 12, 2013
Book Reviews

The Mundane World Illuminated In 'Hand-Drying In America'

Ben Katchor's syndicated comic strips vary in subject — his Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer, for example, explores the surreal underside of our urban environment by documenting the inner lives of the spaces and storefronts we walk past every day, while The Cardboard Valise reads like a Fodor's guide to a country that exists only in Franz Kafka's dream journal.

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3:51am

Tue March 12, 2013
Arts & Life

'Bowery Boys' Are Amateur But Beloved New York Historians

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 4:12 pm

Library of Congress

In the 19th century, the Bowery Boys were a street gang that ruled that small section of Manhattan. In the 21st century, the Bowery Boys are two best friends — Tom Meyers and Greg Young — who record a do-it-yourself podcast with the same name.

Meyers and Young love to perform almost as much as they love New York City, and their show traces the unofficial history of the place. They record a few blocks from — you guessed it — the Bowery district.

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5:15pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Television

A New TV Archetype: The Spunky Yet Obsessive Female 'Hummingbird'

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 6:44 pm

Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
Colleen Hayes NBC

It's pilot season, that time of year when television networks create and test new shows with hopes of turning out the next big thing. But whatever new plots they come up with, it's safe to say that they will turn to the safety of a limited number of character archetypes: the lovable loser, the charming rogue, the desperate housewife.

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4:40pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Remembrances

Remembering Lillian Cahn, Creator Of The Coach Handbag

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:36 pm

Lillian Cahn, co-founder of Coach Leatherwear Co., died March 4 at the age of 89. Cahn was the force behind today's high-end leather handbags.

Back in the 1960s, she and her husband, Miles Cahn, were running a leather goods business in Manhattan. They produced men's wallets and billfolds but wanted to expand.

"My wife had a great sense of style, and she made the suggestions that we men maybe were a little thoughtless about," Miles Cahn says with a laugh. "Among her many suggestions was: 'Why don't we make pocketbooks?' I like to tell people I scoffed at the suggestion."

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11:56am

Mon March 11, 2013
Author Interviews

'Frankenstein's Cat': Bioengineering The Animals Of The Future

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 1:52 pm

Cover of Frankenstein's Cat

In her new book, Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, science journalist Emily Anthes talks about how the landscape of bioengineering has expanded since Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1996. Scientists, she says, are now working to create pigs that can grow organs for human transplant, goats that produce valuable protein-rich milk, and cockroaches that could potentially serve as tiny scouts into danger zones for the military.

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11:48am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Salt

Edible Bonsai: East Meets West On These Cookie Canvases

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:37 pm

Risa Hirai's bonsai cookies are made from sugar, flour, butter and egg. They're completely edible as long as they haven't been on display for too long.
Courtesy of Galerie Tokyo Humanité

Risa Hirai is a Japanese artist who paints detailed images of bonsai trees and Japanese meals. But instead of using paint on a canvas, she works with icing on a cookie.

The 23-year-old is a senior at Tama Art University in Tokyo whose mouthwatering works will be exhibited at Gallery Tokyo Humanite all this week. Assistant director Maie Tsukuda tells The Salt it's the gallery's first cookie exhibit and notes that it's not an ordinary medium for artists.

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8:09am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Tries To Claim '.book' Domain; Publishers Fight Back

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:52 am

Seattle-based Amazon wants control over new Internet domains such as ".book," ".author" and ".read."
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

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

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