Arts

5:37pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Remembrances

Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:35 pm

The way E.L. Doctorow told it, the phrase "historical novel" is something of a misnomer when it comes to his writing. "I think really of myself as a national novelist; I am an American novelist writing about my country."
Mary Altaffer AP

E.L. Doctorow used to tell a story about a journalism class he took as a high school student in the Bronx. As he told NPR back in 2003, he wrote a profile of a doorman at Carnegie Hall who was beloved by all the performers there. His teacher, apparently, loved the story so much, she wanted to publish the story in the school paper — so she told Doctorow to get a photo of the man.

There was just one problem.

"I hadn't expected that kind of enthusiasm," Doctorow recalled, "and I said, well, 'Not exactly, there is no Carl.' I made him up."

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5:33pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Arts & Life

The Story Of South Korea Told Through One Cartoonist

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:40 pm

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1:29pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Movie Interviews

Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:04 pm

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal knows what it feels like to take a punch. "It doesn't feel great, you know," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie. At least that's how I justify when I would get hit: 'That was good for the movie.' "

The movie in question is Southpaw, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer who grew up in the foster care system and is struggling to be a father to his daughter.

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1:23pm

Wed July 22, 2015
The Salt

How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:35 pm

A vintage ad for Popsicle
The National Archives

The next time you pop a Popsicle in your mouth, think about this: You're enjoying the fruits of an 11-year-old entrepreneur's labor.

Back in 1905, a San Francisco Bay Area kid by the name of Frank Epperson accidentally invented the summertime treat. He had mixed some sugary soda powder with water and left it out overnight. It was a cold night, and the mixture froze. In the morning, Epperson devoured the icy concoction, licking it off the wooden stirrer. He declared it an Epsicle, a portmanteau of icicle and his name, and started selling the treat around his neighborhood.

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9:14am

Wed July 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:55 pm

Cartoonist Tom Moore brought the character of Archie and his teenage friends to life for decades. Moore died Monday in Texas at the age of 86.
AP

Artist Tom Moore, who gave life to the teen angst of Archie and his Riverdale pals from 1953 to the late 1980s, has died of lung cancer in El Paso, Texas.

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7:04am

Wed July 22, 2015
The Two-Way

After 4 Years, Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets His Passport Back

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:51 am

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei received a new passport four years after authorities confiscated it.
Ai Weiwei via Instagram

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei finally got his passport back today, four years after it was seized by government authorities.

Ai made the announcement on Instagram, posting a selfie of him holding his red and gold passport with a simple caption: "Today, I picked up my passport."

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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7:03am

Wed July 22, 2015
Book Reviews

In 'Lovers,' There's A Lot To Like — And Plenty Of Self-Pity To Go Around

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 10:28 am

Lydia Thompson NPR

Juan Gabriel Vasquez opens Lovers on All Saints' Day with a line that's almost a thesis statement.

"I didn't leave Belgium much during that season," says the narrator at the start of "Hiding Places," the first story in the collection. "I spent the time observing the people of the Ardennes and participating in their activities, and then learning to write what I'd seen in such a way that as little of it as possible would be squandered."

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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
Arts & Life

Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:47 am

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Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's take a moment now to remember a Grammy-winning songwriter.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALWAYS ON MY MIND")

ELVIS PRESLEY: (Singing) Maybe I didn't love you.

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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
Arts & Life

For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:55 am

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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
Arts & Life

Novelist E.L Doctorow, Master Of Historical Fiction, Dies At 84

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:30 am

E.L. Doctorow, center, stands with other National Book Critics Circle award winners in March 2006 at a reception following the awards ceremony in New York. Doctorow's "The March" won the prize for fiction that year.
Tina Fineberg AP
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