Arts

9:34am

Thu July 23, 2015
Ask Me Another

Compound Fractures

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:55 am

With a little imagination, any word can be a compound word. In this game, contestants must fracture ordinary words into separate phrases. What combination of words forms the answer to the clue, "I like to change the places of everything on the back part of the stove"? Rearrange and "rear range"...obviously.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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9:34am

Thu July 23, 2015
Ask Me Another

Ask Me, Ant Hero

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:55 am

We love our anagrams--this time, we're going a bit easier on our contestants and anagramming only the last word of well-known TV shows. What fantasy drama takes place on the continent of Westeros, where warring swarms of stinging insects fight to control the best hives?

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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9:34am

Thu July 23, 2015
Ask Me Another

Close to Homer

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:55 am

D'oh! You might be facepalming during this game, in which we give the Homer Simpson treatment to celebrities whose names end with the syllable "oh." It's the most fun you can have while talking about Henry David Thoreau, we promise.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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9:34am

Thu July 23, 2015
Ask Me Another

Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: Boston Cream Pie

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:56 am

True or false — Ho Chi Minh invented Boston Cream Pie? Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton find out.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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9:34am

Thu July 23, 2015
Ask Me Another

Show Me First

In this final round, it's not all about you--in fact, it's all about "M-E." In honor of our visit to the Show Me State, every answer begins with these two letters. What's a three-letter slang word used to express a lack of interest or enthusiasm?

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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9:34am

Thu July 23, 2015
Ask Me Another

Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades Of Jane

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:13 pm

Author Curtis Sittenfeld
Josephine Sittenfeld Josephine Sittenfeld

Author and St. Louis resident Curtis Sittenfeld is best known for her first novel Prep, which was published when she was only 29. Ten years later, Sittenfeld thinks the novel still holds up. "There's plenty of horrible things I've written before and since, but I stand by Prep. If I hadn't written it, I'd still enjoy reading it," Sittenfeld told host Ophira Eisenberg on the stage of the Pageant in St. Louis.

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7:03am

Thu July 23, 2015
Book Reviews

Shirley Jackson Gets To The Heart Of The Home In 'Let Me Tell You'

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:27 pm

To read one of Shirley Jackson's signature works is to live in a house built on sand. From novels like We Have Always Lived in the Castle to the iconic "The Lottery," Jackson's worlds carve some essential, uncanny instability out of the everyday, and any of us can sink without warning into something consuming we can't understandor, worse, that we understand all too well.

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5:16am

Thu July 23, 2015
Dance

You Might Not Know Kenny Ortega, But You Probably Know His Choreography

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:10 pm

Remember that scene from Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practice their lifts in a lake? Turns out they weren't the only ones in the water; choreographer Kenny Ortega was right there beside them.
The Kobal Collection

What do Michael Jackson, Zac Efron, Bette Midler and Patrick Swayze have in common? They've all worked closely with choreographer Kenny Ortega — a veteran song and dance man who has inspired generations of performers.

On July 31, the Disney Channel premieres his new movie Descendants, starring a number of young, new actors as well as veterans like Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Najimy.

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4:25am

Thu July 23, 2015
Photography

'Close Up Baltimore' Tells Stories Of The City, One Portrait At A Time

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 1:50 pm

"Winter is better. You can't get nothing on a summer day. You can't get no help in the summer. I don't have no place to stay, but I sleep out here sometimes on the streets. I try to make a little money to buy me a little something to eat because I don't like eating out of trash cans. That makes me sick."
Joe Rubino Close Up Baltimore

It's a muggy summer day, and Joe Rubino is at the train station in Baltimore, taking pictures of a stranger and asking some deeply personal questions. Later, he'll post this portrait online, along with snippets from the conversation.

"I think that people are hungry for a more real, emotional connection to people," Rubino says.

His street photography project, Close Up Baltimore, was inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York blog.

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3:42am

Thu July 23, 2015
The Salt

Buddhist Diet For A Clear Mind: Nuns Preserve Art Of Korean Temple Food

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:01 pm

Iced tea made from local berries is served with melon and squares of sweet sticky rice topped with fruits and nuts. The nuns eat these sweets on head-shaving day, to replenish their energy.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Detox diets come and go, like any other fad. In South Korea, one popular diet has staying power. It has been around for at least 1,600 years, ever since the founding of the Jinkwansa temple in the mountains outside of Seoul.

This Buddhist monastery sits at the convergence of two streams, amid twisting leafy trees and soaring peaks. It's one of many temples in the countryside outside of South Korea's capital. Each temple has its own specialty. Jinkwansa is famous for two reasons.

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