Arts

10:15am

Thu February 7, 2013
Monkey See

Remembering Central Park Birder Starr Saphir: 'Time Has A Different Meaning'

Starr Saphir, seen here at an HBO event in 2012, died on Tuesday.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images/HBO

8:08am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Anne Of Green Gables Gets A Bad Makeover

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:59 am

The cover photo of an edition of Anne of Green Gables.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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

  • Anne of Green Gables, who is described in Lucy Maud Montgomery's best-selling books as red-headed, freckled and — at least when the Anne series begins — prepubescent, gets a horribly wrong makeover on the cover of this three-book set published in November.
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3:26am

Thu February 7, 2013
Author Interviews

Raising A Glass To The Charms Of The Bar In 'Drinking With Men'

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

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Rosie Schaap is a part-time bartender, and the author the "Drink" column for The New York Times Magazine. But she doesn't hang out in bars just to make a living — or even just to make a drink.

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6:46pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Ask Me Another

David Rees: Sharper Than A Pencil

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 1:22 pm

David Rees.
Meredith Heuer

4:36pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Games & Humor

Monopoly Fans Dump Iron Token For New Cat Piece

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 6:12 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

On a lighter, much lighter economic note, fans of Monopoly have spoken. After a month of online voting, one of the iconic game's playing pieces is being replaced. Goodbye Iron, hello Cat, which won after polls closed at 11:59 P.M. Tuesday.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the new feline will arrive on Monopoly boards by fall.

AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: For some, the news has been absolutely traumatizing. Walk the streets of New York City and you'll hear cries of distress over the death of the Iron.

Evan Forster hates cats.

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12:11pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Book Reviews

A Mystery That Explores 'The Rage' Of New Ireland

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:40 pm

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The Irish novelist John McGahern once remarked that his country stayed a 19th-century society for so long that it nearly missed the 20th century. But in the mid-1990s, Ireland's economy took off, turning the country from a poor backwater into a so-called Celtic Tiger with fancy restaurants, chrome-clad shops and soaring real estate values. The country was transformed — until things came tumbling down during the 2008 financial crisis.

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10:55am

Wed February 6, 2013
Monkey See

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Get Severance: Interview With An Iron

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 6:07 pm

The Monopoly iron token that was replaced by the new cat token.
Steven Senne AP

Wednesday, Hasbro announced that it was welcoming a new member of the Monopoly-token family. And because it asked the Internet, it wound up with a cat. (For whatever reason, the Internet was not offered Gotye or a bacon cupcake.)

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8:34am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:53 am

Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Universal Studios

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

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7:03am

Wed February 6, 2013
Book Reviews

Brutality, Balkan Style In A Satiric 'Stone City'

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:26 am

Grove Atlantic

From Swift to Orwell, political satire has played a major role in the history of European fiction. Much of it takes on an allegorical cast, but not all. The Fall of the Stone City, an incisive, biting work by Ismail Kadare — one of Europe's reigning fiction masters — refines our understanding of satire's nature. Kadare's instructive and delightful book takes us from the 1943 Nazi occupation of a provincial Albanian town, the ancient stone city of Gjirokaster, to the consolidation of communist rule there a decade later.

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2:53am

Wed February 6, 2013
Books

Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:26 pm

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In the 1970s, a young man named Paul Haggis was walking down a street in Ontario, Canada. He encountered a man peddling a book.

"And he handed the book to Paul, and he said, 'You've got a mind — this is the owner's manual,' " journalist Lawrence Wright tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "And inside, there was a stamp saying 'Church of Scientology,' and Paul was intrigued, and he said, 'Take me there.' " Haggis soon became a member of the Church of Scientology — and he's a central character in Wright's new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

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