Arts

5:13am

Thu August 2, 2012
Destination Art

Marfa, Texas: An Unlikely Art Oasis In A Desert Town

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:36 pm

In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa, Texas, where he created giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has emerged as a hot spot for art tourism.
Art (c) Judd Foundation Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

This tiny town perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert is nothing less than an arts world station of the cross, like Art Basel in Miami, or Documenta in Germany. It's a blue-chip arts destination for the sort of glamorous scenesters who visit Amsterdam for the Rijksmuseum and the drugs.

"They speak about Marfa with the same kind of reverent tones generally reserved for the pilgrimage of the Virgin of Lourdes," notes Carolina Miranda, a writer who covers the art world.

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5:18pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Poetry Games

'The Wrestler' Grapples With Myth, Power And Love

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:15 am

Ron Tanovitz

A Muslim-American poet and novelist of Indian descent, Kazim Ali's work has been featured in Best American Poetry and the American Poetry Review. He teaches at Oberlin College.

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3:01pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Salt

'Sweet Child O' Mine,' Julia Child Mash-Up Honors America's First Top Chef

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:31 am

Julia Child prepares a French delicacy in her cooking studio on Nov. 24, 1970.
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Julia Child, the woman credited with singlehandedly teaching America how to cook, would have turned 100 years old on August 15 this year.

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2:59pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Destination Art

What's Your Favorite Arts Town?

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 3:29 pm

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11:42am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Picture Show

Likes Long Walks On The Beach, Collecting ... Plastic?

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:32 pm

Judith and Richard Lang create art from plastic they find washed up on Kehoe Beach in California.
Courtesy of Judith and Richard Lang

After talking to artists Judith and Richard Lang I couldn't stop thinking about the plastic in my life. I looked around my kitchen — at the dish soap bottle, the food storage containers, my kiddo's toys — and realized this stuff might be around for a long, long time.

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8:10am

Wed August 1, 2012
Kitchen Window

How To Make Your Tofu And Eat It, Too

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:56 am

Nicole Spiridakis for NPR

As I recently dipped a carrot slice into a fluffy, edamame-infused dip I'd made from a batch of homemade tofu, I wondered: Why haven't I done this before? The carrot was crisp, the herbs were fresh, but it was the tofu that was the real deal. It was like no store-bought tofu I'd ever encountered – light, delicate, creamy and not a bit rubbery.

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7:03am

Wed August 1, 2012
Book Reviews

Powell's Drunken Pair Prioritize Language

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:14 pm

With his 2009 The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?, Padgett Powell produced one of the most readable literary oddities of the past decade. In that book, a narrator — perhaps the author himself — fired off questions (and only questions) that come to read less like a novel than a personality test gone haywire: "Should a tree be pruned? Are you perplexed by what to do with underwear whose elastic is spent but which is otherwise in good shape? Do you dance?" And so on, for more than 150 pages.

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4:38am

Wed August 1, 2012
Remembrances

Gore Vidal, American Writer And Cultural Critic, Dies

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 7:31 am

Author Gore Vidal in 1986. Vidal, whose prolific writing career spanned six decades, died Tuesday at age 86.
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Gore Vidal came from a generation of novelists whose fiction gave them a political platform. Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City; Kurt Vonnegut became an anti-war spokesman. And Vidal was an all-around critic. His novels sometimes infuriated readers with unflattering portraits of American history.

He also wrote essays and screenplays, and his play The Best Man currently has a revival on Broadway.

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12:43am

Wed August 1, 2012
Poetry Games

'Once More,' Passing The Torch To One And All

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:14 am

Ron Tanovitz

Representing Europe in NPR's Poetry Games is Slovenian poet Ales Steger. Steger's first work translated into English, The Book of Things, won last year's Best Translated Book Award for Poetry. The translator was poet Brian Henry, who also translated Steger's Olympic poem, "Once More."

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6:43pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Media

'The Lies Are Over': A Journalist Unravels

Former New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer is the author of Imagine: How Creativity Works.
Nina Subin Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"The lies are over now." That's an attributable quote from writer Jonah Lehrer, who resigned Monday from his job as a staff writer for The New Yorker, one of the most prestigious jobs in journalism. The past few months have been a series of revelations about Lehrer's tendencies to reuse his own material and make up quotes.

Lehrer started to attract unwanted attention earlier this year when his magazine work was found to borrow liberally from his own previously published articles. It seemed lazy and embarrassing, but not punishable.

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