Arts

12:09pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Author Interviews

Lemony Snicket Dons A Trenchcoat

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 1:53 pm

Meredith Heuer Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co.

It's been more than six years since Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, concluded his enormously popular 13-volume young adult series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now Handler has revived the Snicket narrator in his YA novel Who Could That Be at This Hour?

The book is the first of a series — All the Wrong Questions — and a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events. It tracks the young Snicket's adventures during his apprenticeship at the V.F.D., a mysterious organization that readers familiar with the Snicket stories will recognize.

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11:48am

Mon December 10, 2012
Behind Closed Doors

Transgender Woman Finds Acceptance In South Korea

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 12:46 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Now we go behind closed doors. That's where we talk about issues people usually keep private.

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7:03am

Mon December 10, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

The Year's Outstanding 'Backseat' Reads, For Ages 9 To 14

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 4:26 pm

Emily Davis for NPR

Since this was an election year, NPR's Backseat Book Club decided to hold an informal poll to identify the best-loved children's books of 2012. We know that "kid lit" is a big category, stretching from baby-proof board books all the way to young-adult titles with fetching werewolves on the covers. But we're interested in books that hit the sweet spot for backseat readers — kids between 9 and 14 years of age. So we reached out to booksellers and one librarian to find out which books bowled them over this year.

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7:03am

Mon December 10, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

Fatal Attraction: My Heart Was Stolen By A Ninja Assassin

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 8:36 am

Sean Howe is the author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.

In 1980, the comic book artist Frank Miller introduced the raven-haired femme fatale Elektra Natchios in the pages of Marvel Comics' Daredevil. She was the former lover of Daredevil's alter ego Matt Murdock, and his Columbia University classmate until her diplomat father was killed and she left the United States.

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3:23am

Mon December 10, 2012
Fine Art

Hopper's Lonely Figures Find Some Friends In Paris

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:07 am

Edward Hopper is well-known in the U.S. for paintings such as Nighthawks (1942)pensive, lonely portraits of people sitting together yet alone. He was less well-known in France, but an exhibit of his work at the Grand Palais has drawn impressive crowds.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Earlier this summer, I looked for Edward Hopper's Morning Sun at its home in the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. In the painting, a woman sits on a bed with her knees up, gazing out a window. She's bare, but for a short pink slip. The iconic Hopper is a must-see, but on the day I visited, it was on loan to an exhibition in Madrid.

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4:26pm

Sun December 9, 2012
Author Interviews

'Torn': Living As An Openly Gay Christian

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 12:50 pm

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Justin Lee was raised in a conservative Southern Baptist home. He had two loving parents, and was deeply committed to his faith. In school, classmates even referred to him as "God Boy" because of his devotion.

But, as he was entering high school, Lee's whole world began to change, as he came face-to-face with feelings that he'd tried for many years to suppress.

"I didn't know I was gay at first, because I was the kid who was preaching against folks accepting themselves as gay," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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6:16am

Sun December 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Sebastian Faulks: Searching For The Self In 'Possible' Lives

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 5:37 pm

Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co.

A young intelligence officer during the Second World War survives life in a Nazi concentration camp. A music producer in the 1970s falls in love with a young bohemian singer who breaks his heart. A lonely Italian neuroscientist makes a revolutionary discovery: Humans have no souls. These are some of the stories Sebastian Faulks weaves together in his latest novel, A Possible Life.

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4:56am

Sun December 9, 2012
Games & Humor

Quick! Sneak In That 'QU'

Originally published on Sun December 9, 2012 2:36 pm

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a six-letter word containing "QU" somewhere inside it. You'll be given anagrams of the remaining four letters. You name the words (No answer is a plural or a word formed by adding "s.").

Last week's challenge from listener Adam Cohen of Brooklyn, N.Y.: Name two articles of apparel — things you wear — which, when the words are used as verbs, are synonyms of each other. What are they?

Answer: Belt, sock

Winner: Jeanne Kelsey of Lamberton, Minn.

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5:04pm

Sat December 8, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Gustavo Santaolalla's 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 6:51 pm

Brad Pitt (left) and Laramie Eppler (right) in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.
Merie Wallace Fox Searchlight Pictures

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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5:04pm

Sat December 8, 2012
Movies

Knightley's Anna Karenina Loses The Innocence

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 7:00 pm

Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright have worked together on three film adaptations of period novels.
Laurie Sparham Focus Features

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has been adapted for TV or film at least 25 times. It's a title role made great by screen legends Greta Garbo and Vivian Leigh, and now, it's Keira Knightley's turn.

Knightley reunites with Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright in a new adaptation of the book. Here, she talks to Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, about bringing the title character to life.


Interview Highlights

On the opening sequence

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