Arts

6:05am

Sat September 15, 2012
Author Interviews

'Skagboys': Heroin Highs In 'Trainspotting' Prequel

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 2:43 pm

The boys are back — Mark Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, Begbie and other memorable characters from Irvine Welsh's 1994 novel, Trainspotting, come back to life in Welsh's new book, Skagboys.

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6:05am

Sat September 15, 2012
The Salt

Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:43 pm

The author's braided round challah.
Deena Prichep NPR

Challah is a rich, eggy bread baked every week for the Jewish sabbath, or shabbat. But for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year that starts tomorrow at sundown, it gets a few tweaks. There's a little extra honey or sugar, for a sweet new year. And instead of the usual long braid, it's round.

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6:45pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: O Canada!

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We taped this week's show with half of us in D.C. and half of us — me and Trey, plus NPR's own Bob Mondello — in a studio in Toronto. Why? Because of the Toronto International Film Festival, which provides the front half of the show. Trey, Bob and I talk about a bunch of the films we saw, many of which you can see covered on the blog's TIFF '12 section.

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6:27pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Books

This Week's 5 Must-Read Stories From NPR Books

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Once A Cheater...

One of the most interesting books I've read so far this year has been This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz. And there's a reason it's such a well constructed read — as NPR's Steve Inskeep pointed out — it took Diaz 16 years to write.

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4:05pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Monkey See

Jackie Chan: Portrait Of The Action Star At 58

Actor Jackie Chan appears at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Onstage at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jackie Chan describes his first visit to the United States. "I speak no English at that time — I do not even know how to order breakfast. Everyone know ... you know the story?"

"No," says the audience, almost in unison.

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1:22pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 1:45 pm

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Navy veteran Freddie Quell in The Master.
Phil Bray The Weinstein Company

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is both feverish and glacial. The vibe is chilly, but the central character is an unholy mess — and his rage saturates every frame. He's a World War II South Pacific vet named Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix to the hilt — the hilt above the hilt. We meet him at war's end on a tropical beach where he and other soldiers seek sexual relief atop the figure of a woman made out of sand.

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12:35pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 13, 2012

No Easy Day, a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, debuts at No. 1.

12:03pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Salt

Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:45 pm

The very sight of this lacy, green herb can cause some people to scream. The great cilantro debate heats up as scientists start pinpointing cilantrophobe genes.
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There's no question that cilantro is a polarizing herb. Some of us heap it onto salsas and soups with gusto while others avoid cilantro because it smells like soap and tastes like crushed bugs.

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12:03pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Faith Matters

What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith, religion and spirituality. This Sunday night marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of what are known as the High Holy Days, for observance used, the most spiritually profound time of year.

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8:53am

Fri September 14, 2012
Photography

Lost And Found: The Colorful Story Of Charles Cushman

Charles W. Cushman gazes across the Grand Canyon in Arizona, November 1939
The Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University

In the 1990s, a photo historian made a wonderful discovery: In a trove of boxes headed for the trash was a view of American history like he'd never seen it. That is, America in color, as early as 1938.

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