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8:24am

Mon February 25, 2013
Monkey See

What You Didn't See At The Academy Awards

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 8:06 pm

Actress Jennifer Lawrence stumbles as she walks on stage.
Chris Pizzelo AP

NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, covering the awards show. They sat in the press room, where winners go for interviews during and after the show. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.

Most Likely To Stand By Her Man Until The End Of All Natural Time: Jennifer Garner

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7:25am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Life Of Pi' Author Strips Down For Charity

Canadian author Yann Martel smiles for photographers after winning the Man Booker Prize.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A group of prominent Canadian authors are stripping down for a (mostly) nude calendar. Proceeds from the Bare It For Books project will go to PEN Canada, an organization that promotes freedom of expression. The (actually kind of hunky) Life of Pi author Yann Martel will be Mr. December.
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7:03am

Mon February 25, 2013
New In Paperback

Feb. 25-March 3: Unlikely Healers, Chinese Planes And An Orphan's Revelation

Courtesy of Vintage Books

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Peter Cameron, Mohammed Hanif, Kathryn Harrison, James Fallows and Stephen Dau.

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

1:56am

Mon February 25, 2013
Monkey See

The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:36 pm

Adele performs the theme song to "Skyfall."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

If you like Argo (which won Best Picture), the movie Chicago (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.

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3:48pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Historical Fiction Gets Personal in 'Philida'

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 5:44 pm

Random House

André Brink is one of the most well-known anti-apartheid writers in South Africa. His latest novel Philida, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is set in 1832 in the South African Cape, just two years before emancipation.

The title character lodges a complaint against her master, Francois Brink, who is also the father of her four children. He'd promised her freedom, but then backs out and marries a wealthy white woman.

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12:04pm

Sun February 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Auction Halted Of Banksy Mural Removed In London

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 2:18 pm

A man inspects a plastic cover placed over an artwork attributed to Banksy in London. The stencilled image depicts a poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine and is located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London.
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Last week we told you about the uproar surrounding the auction of a piece of art by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that disappeared from its home on a wall in north London.

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6:36am

Sun February 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Literary Idol Comes To Life in 'Farewell, Dorothy Parker'

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 12:43 pm

What would you do if your literary idol came to life — came into your life — and then you couldn't get rid of her? Violet Epps, heroine of the new novel Farewell, Dorothy Parker discovers being a fan isn't the same as being a roommate when Dorothy Parker's spirit rematerializes from an ancient Algonquin Hotel guestbook — and then follows her home.

Author Ellen Meister tells NPR's Rachel Martin that she first encountered Parker's work as a teenager.

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6:36am

Sun February 24, 2013
Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards

Real-Life Shipwreck Survivor Helped 'Life Of Pi' Get Lost At Sea

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 8:06 am

Steven Callahan survived for 76 days adrift in an inflatable life raft. This 2002 photo shows Callahan with an improved life raft he designed after his ordeal. While enduring shark attacks, rain and helpless drifting, Callahan dreamed of a better survival vessel. Once he returned to land, he spent almost two decades designing this one, featuring a rigid exterior, a removable canopy and a sail.
Pat Wellenbach Associated Press

In Life of Pi, one of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture this year, a boy suffers a shipwreck and is lost at sea. It's a fictional story, of course, based on a novel, but director Ang Lee nevertheless wanted the movie to have depth and realism. But how do you add a realistic edge to someone drifting alone in the sea? For most people, even those in the imaginative business of movie-making, it's hard to picture the perils and isolation of months without rescue.

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6:03am

Sun February 24, 2013
PG-13: Risky Reads

These 'Great Tales Of Terror' Live Up To Their Promise

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:40 am

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Michael Dirda's latest book is On Conan Doyle.

When I was a boy growing up in the working-class steel town of Lorain, Ohio, I used to ride my beloved Roadmaster bicycle to the branch library. Located in the Plaza Shopping Center, this former storefront was just around the corner from the W.T. Grant's and Merit Shoes. Inside there were perhaps six small tables, a couple of reading chairs, the librarian's checkout desk, and light oak bookshelves along three walls. There can't have been more than one- or two-thousand books.

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4:29am

Sun February 24, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Rolling R's Into Wise Words

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 7:03 am

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On-air challenge: You will be given some words starting with the letter R. You name a proverb or saying that contains each one.

Last week's challenge from listener Gary Alvstad of Tustin, Calif.: Name a well-known movie in two words with a total of 13 letters. Each of the two words contains the letter C. Drop both C's. The letters that remain in the second word of the title will be in alphabetical order, and the letters that remain in the first word will be in reverse alphabetical order. What movie is it?

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