Arts

7:03am

Tue September 18, 2012
Book Reviews

'The People Of Forever' Are Frank But Flawed

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:33 am

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Nothing like a novel by a young recruit to tell you the truths about an army, as in, say, From Here to Eternity and The Naked and the Dead. In this case it's a book called The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, by Shani Boianjiu, a young female veteran of the Israel Defense Forces. And though it may not be the first of its kind — Moshe Dayan's daughter Yael published some fiction about the Israeli army decades ago — Boianjiu's debut novel has some virtues all its own, and some flaws.

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3:36am

Tue September 18, 2012
Author Interviews

Becoming 'Anton,' Or, How Rushdie Survived A Fatwa

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:04 am

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Salman Rushdie's other novels include Midnight's Children, Shame and Luka and the Fire of Life.
Syrie Moskowitz Random House

The recent violence sparked by the film Innocence of Muslims recalls a very different controversy from more than 20 years ago:

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3:35am

Tue September 18, 2012
Author Interviews

In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 6:35 am

Attica Locke is the also the author of Black Water Rising, a murder mystery set in a racially divided Houston.
Jenny Walters Harper

When it comes to healing the wounds of its troubled racial past, the United States is still in its "adolescent phase," says novelist Attica Locke. The 2008 presidential election changed everything she had been taught about race, she says — and, as an African-American writer, she felt compelled to write about that new reality. The result is The Cutting Season, a thrilling, century-spanning story of two murders.

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5:03pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Author Interviews

Renaissance CSI: Machiavelli-Da Vinci Detective Duo

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 6:39 pm

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What would happen if two of the biggest names of the Renaissance — Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci — teamed up as a crime-fighting duo? That's the idea behind Michael Ennis' new historical thriller, The Malice of Fortune. The mystery novel pairs the ruthless political philosopher and the genius inventor and artist together as an unlikely detective team on the trail of a serial killer.

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4:31pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

For Liberian Youth, A Creative Outlet In Krumping

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 6:39 pm

Franklyn Dunbar, 17, practices krumping with his crew at his mother's house in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia. Dunbar was born in New York, but moved to his home country of Liberia seven years ago.
Tamasin Ford NPR

2:08pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Books

How Obama, Roberts Interpret Laws In 'The Oath'

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:25 pm

Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.
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During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama ran on the platform of "change we can believe in" — but he has a different approach to the Supreme Court's interpretation of constitutional law.

"Obama is a great believer in stability — in the absence of change — when it comes to the work of the Supreme Court," Jeffrey Toobin, author and senior legal analyst for CNN, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "He is the one trying to hold onto the older decisions, and [Chief Justice John] Roberts is the one who wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."

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12:13pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Monkey See

The 25 Magic Words Of American Television

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Tonight, two new fall shows premiere: Mob Doctor, which is about a doctor who works for the mob, and Revolution, which is about a devastating global power outage and — more than that — a revolution.

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11:34am

Mon September 17, 2012
Food

Are You A Sellout If You Cook For Your Man?

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 12:03 pm

For generations women have been told, if you want a man, learn to cook. That's exactly why feminist writer Shayla Pierce stayed out of the kitchen. But now she finds herself with a boyfriend, learning to cook, and wondering if that makes her a sellout. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her article and her change of heart.

7:03am

Mon September 17, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

Books Behaving Badly: A Tale Of Real Life In Ink

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 1:28 pm

Shani Boianjiu is the author of The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.

When I was 11, I found a book that did not know it was a book. It was a yellowing Hebrew translation of Tarjei Vesaas' Norwegian novel The Ice Palace. I found it on the shelf in my room that belonged to my parents' old books. Usually, these books were too long for me.

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3:38am

Mon September 17, 2012
Movies

Toronto Looks East With Asian Film Summit

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 9:52 am

Luminaries including Mira Nair, Guneet Monga, Shailja Gupta, Nina Lath Gupta and Dibakar Banerjee attended TIFF's Asian Film Summit Banquet to discuss the growth of a new, realist South Asian cinema.
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On Sunday, the annual Toronto International Film Festival came to a close after 11 days of screenings, meetings and, of course, parties. It's become an important place to kick off the fall film season. But this year, the festival wasn't only looking west to Hollywood — it was also sharpening its focus on the East, and the rise of new cinema from India, in particular.

One of the films at this year's Toronto festival was called Shanghai; it comes from Mumbai, and was directed by Dibakar Banerjee.

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