Arts

4:51pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Books

Weather The Storm With 6 Stories From NPR Books

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 3:41 pm

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As the East Coast hunkers down for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, NPR Books dug back into the archives to find stories about keeping safe — and sane — when disaster strikes. Here you'll find memoirs of past storms, novels about future storms and interviews with authors who've written about severe weather and climate change.

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3:38pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The PB&P

A look within.
NPR

The Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich dates back to the Great Depression. It's great if you're transported back in time to 1930 and you forget to bring Powerbars, or, say, if you're stuck in your house with limited pantry options as a big hurricane heads your way.

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11:21am

Mon October 29, 2012
New In Paperback

New In Paperback Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:17 pm

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Matthew Quick, Anthony Horowitz, Darrell Hammond, Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum and Regis Philbin.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

8:44am

Mon October 29, 2012
Three Books...

Trust Me: Three Books With (In)credible Narrators

Many of my all-time favorite novels have a common (if slightly unsettling) thread: They feature an unreliable narrator at the helm. The term was popularized in the 1960s by the literary critic Wayne C. Booth, but the unreliable narrator herself has been around at least as long as the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales. An unreliable narrator is one who tells a tale with compromised credibility, whether the narrator herself understands that or not. The reader usually finds this out only slowly, as cracks in the narrator's version of events begin to appear.

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5:14am

Mon October 29, 2012
Author Interviews

Should 'The Generals' Get Fired More Often?

The Penguin Press

One issue that has received little attention in this year's presidential race is the war in Afghanistan. But according to Thomas E. Ricks, we should be paying attention — specifically to those in charge of the military there, because they can make the difference between long, expensive wars and decisive victories. That's the lesson Ricks explores in his latest book, The Generals.

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4:17am

Mon October 29, 2012
Monkey See

Impersonating The President: From Will Rogers To Obama's 'Anger Translator'

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 5:14 am

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele cooperate to impersonate President Obama in Comedy Central's Key and Peele.
Ian White Comedy Central

Political commentators will be working overtime in the countdown to the presidential election. So will political comedians, including the candidates' impersonators.

Impersonators have been part of the political landscape for so long, it's hard to imagine a time without them: Rich Little, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey and other comedians have all famously done their turns as candidates. Remember "I can see Russia from my house"?

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5:21pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Glen Mazzara Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 6:33 pm

Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Ridley Scott's Alien.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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5:03pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Author Interviews

Stories Of The Power of Language, 'Found In Translation'

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 10:41 am

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Translation is everywhere — that's is the crux of a new book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche: Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms our World.

From NASA to the U.N. to Chinese tattoo parlors, the book looks high and low for stories of the undeniable importance of language. One of those stories centers on a man named Peter Less, 91, an inspiration of sorts to interpreters and translators everywhere.

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4:48pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Around the Nation

A Save Haven For The Printed Word Turns 200

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 2:37 pm

Antiquarian Hall, the home of the American Antiquarian Society, is located in Worcester, Mass.
The American Antiquarian Society

Back in the 1700s, there was a young printer's apprentice who lived in Boston. His name was Isaiah Thomas and he became one of the first newspaper publishers in the country. He also founded the American Antiquarian Society, which celebrates its 200th birthday this week.

Located in Worcester, Mass., the American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of materials printed in the United States. Its library has books, newspapers, letters, even board games dating from 1640 to 1876. Its members include some notable characters, including 14 presidents.

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3:26pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Science

Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 6:33 pm

Untitled, by South African artist Gavin Jantjes, is one of the works in the "African Cosmos" exhibition.
National Museum of African Art

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