Arts

3:40am

Tue March 5, 2013
Author Interviews

'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 7:56 am

This Dec. 26, 2004, photograph shows a trail of destruction in the southern Sri Lankan town of Lunawa after tidal waves lashed more than half of Sri Lanka's coastline.
Sena Vidanagama AFP/Getty Images

On Dec. 26, 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala was vacationing with her husband, her two sons and her parents in Yala, Sri Lanka. The day was just beginning when she and a friend noticed that something strange was happening in the ocean. Within a matter of minutes, the sea had wiped out life as she had known it. In a new memoir, called simply Wave, she recalls her experience with the tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, including her own family.

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3:38am

Tue March 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Skipping Out On College And 'Hacking Your Education'

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:18 am

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The cost of college can range from $60,000 for a state university to four times as much at some private colleges. The total student debt in the U.S. now tops credit card debt. So a lot of people are asking: Is college really worth it?

There are several famous and staggeringly successful college dropouts, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison. You may not end up with fat wallets like them, but Dale Stephens says you can find a different education path.

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1:55pm

Mon March 4, 2013
New In Paperback

March 4-10: Spiritual Crisis, Suburban Plight And America's War Machine

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 3:25 pm

Fiction and nonfiction softcover releases from Nathan Englander, Amanda Coplin, Anthony Giardina, Rachel Maddow and Lauren F. Winner.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

1:53pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Movie Reviews

Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 2:51 pm

A film still of New York City from 1952's This Is Cinerama. The film was meant to introduce audiences to the new Cinerama widescreen.
Flicker Alley LLC

As early as silent film, directors attempted to create widescreen images. But in the 1950s it became a commercial necessity to give the multitude of new TV watchers what they couldn't get on a small screen. So even before CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and Panavision, there was Cinerama — a process in which three projectors threw three simultaneous images onto a gigantic curved screen. Cinerama offered what no TV or movie screen could provide before — peripheral vision, which could make you feel as if you were really in the midst of the action.

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1:53pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Movie Interviews

Mike White On Creating HBO's 'Enlightened' Whistle-Blower

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 2:51 pm

In HBO's Enlightened, Laura Dern stars as corporate executive Amy Jellicoe, who returns from a post-meltdown retreat to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Series creator Mike White stars as Tyler, Amy's friend and co-worker.
Lacey Terrell HBO

The HBO series Enlightened wrapped up its second season Sunday night. The show began as the story of a woman — the naive, idealistic, manipulative, determined and sincere Amy Jellicoe, played by Laura Dern — trying to put her life back together in the wake of a breakdown. After spending a couple of months at a New Age recovery center in Hawaii, Amy attempts to apply what she has learned to her life back in the real world of corporate America.

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12:51pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Author Interviews

A Multimedia Journey Through 'The Persian Square'

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:51 pm

You may be used to hearing about Iran in the news — about its strained relationship with the U.S., or its internal political unrest, or the possible nuclear threat Iran poses.

But you may not hear much about Iran's impact on America's culture — from poetry to Silicon Valley entrepreneurship.

That's why Tell Me More's senior producer, Iran Davar Ardalan, decided to write the new digital book The Persian Square.

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11:49am

Mon March 4, 2013
Movies

'Bless Me, Ultima' Role A 'Gift From Heaven'

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:51 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Now we'd like to tell you about a film that took an unusually long and winding path to the big screen. The film is called "Bless Me, Ultima." It's based on the best-selling novel by Rudolfo Anaya. It's both one of the most loved, most popular and most controversial novels in the modern American canon.

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11:48am

Mon March 4, 2013
Monkey See

Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:45 am

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby.
AP

The March issue of The Atlantic features an essay from Christopher Orr called "Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad?"* In it, Orr asserts that romantic comedies have been "lackluster for decades." Decades.

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6:59am

Mon March 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'New Yorker' Plagiarist's Book Pulled From Shelves

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:17 pm

Jonah Lehrer attends a panel discussion in conjunction with the World Science Festival in 2008.
Thos Robinson Getty Images

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

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3:07pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Author Interviews

Time Rules In Jamaica Kincaid's New Novel, 'See Now Then'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 8:44 pm

Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont.
Kenneth Noland Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Author Jamaica Kincaid is out with a new novel, her first in 10 years.

Kincaid is perhaps best known for her books At the Bottom of the River and The Autobiography of My Mother. Her new book, See Now Then, tackles some difficult themes.

The novel opens with a scene of a seemingly idyllic home life in small-town New England. But it is soon clear the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet is anything but sweet.

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