Arts

4:51pm

Tue July 31, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

Grotesque Horror Through A Kid-Sized Window

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 4:15 pm

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Erin Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus.

There are still days when rain flooding the gutters conjures a picture in my mind of a paper boat being chased by a little boy in a yellow raincoat. The boy's name is Georgie and he is about to meet a rather gruesome fate, smiling up at him from a storm drain.

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1:14pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Fresh Air Interviews

Facing The Fiscal Cliff: Congress' Next Showdown

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 12:35 am

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In December, Congress is poised for another showdown on the deficit and taxes. If Congress doesn't act, 2013 will mark the end to Bush-era tax cuts that have been in place for a dozen years, and the beginning of automatic cuts to domestic and defense programs that would total $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office says the combination of higher taxes and deep spending cuts could create a 4 percent reduction in economic output, a number big enough to throw the country into another recession.

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8:14am

Tue July 31, 2012
Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

A World On The Page: Five Great Travel Memoirs

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 1:56 pm

Harriet Russell

Sartre was wrong. Hell isn't other people. Hell is tourists — specifically, other tourists. When traveling, there's nothing more dispiriting — not exchange rates or dengue season — than coming across a compatriot. Is it because we travel not so much to see how other people live, but to imagine the other lives we might have led? (Me, I'm small and rather rumpled.

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7:03am

Tue July 31, 2012
Book Reviews

'The Chocolate Thief': A Delectable Summer Bonbon

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 5:03 pm

Laura Florand's new novel concerns a romance between a French chocolatier and an American candy-bar magnate.
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Some despair at the idea the world will end in fire or ice. To my mind, given that the earth is our only source of chocolate, it hardly matters how the supply is cut off. I think woe and joy are best addressed with chocolate, whether it is shaped into a kiss or comes from an Ecuadorian plantation.

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6:25pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Poetry Games

'Olimpicamente': In Praise Of Feistiness And Big Feet

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

Ron Tanovitz

A poet and editor of BOMB magazine living in Brooklyn, Monica de la Torre was born in Mexico City. Her poem "Olimpicamente" is told in the voice of the Mexican taekwondo champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza, who was born in the village of La Brecha, in the state of Sinaloa, where her father was a fisherman. Though of limited means, her parents supported her passion for taekwondo, and in 2008 Espinoza fought her way to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. "I am," says the poet, "dumbfounded and positively moved by Maria del Rosario's improbable story."

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5:04pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

Sandwich Monday: The Crunchwrap Supreme

A UFO (unidentified fattening object).
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The Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme is, in the words of Taco Bell, engineered "for maximum portability." In truth, their short-lived "Back Pocket Chalupa" was more portable, but also more tragic.

MacKenzie: It looks like a frisbee. Maybe that's what the portability is about.

Robert: They need to make one in boomerang form, for people who don't want to share.

Ian: It has a tostada inside, for structural integrity.

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1:38pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Monkey See

Press Tour 2012: The View So Far, Part II

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere speak onstage at the "Nashville" panel.
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We're in the final stretch — kind of — at the Television Critics Association press tour. We've now heard from all the major broadcast networks, and we've got a day of set visits and three days of cable to close things out after today's CW and Showtime presentations.

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1:07pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Movie Interviews

Getting Old Is Hard, Even (And Especially) For Models

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 5:02 pm

In About Face, former supermodels (including Carmen Dell'Orefice shown above) talk about what it's like to grow old in an industry that is obsessed with youth.
Mark Mahaney/Greenfield-Sanders Studio Courtesy HBO

You'll probably recognize many of the women featured in the new HBO documentary About Face: The Supermodels Then and Now. They are some of the most famous and photographed models from the 1950s through the 1980s. Carol Alt and Beverly Johnson are two of the supermodels featured in the film. They are joined by director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders to talk with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about growing up — and growing older — in an industry obsessed with youth.

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1:07pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Lupe Ontiveros

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 1:31 pm

Actress Lupe Ontiveros was known for her roles in the film Selena and the television series Desperate Housewives.
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Actress Lupe Ontiveros died Thursday of cancer at the age of 69. She was most famous for her role in the 1997 film Selena, but Ontiveros also acted with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, played a strict mother in the independent film Real Women Have Curves and had a recurring role in the television series Desperate Housewives.

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7:03am

Mon July 30, 2012
You Must Read This

An Existential Guide For When You're Really 'Lost'

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 1:16 pm

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Adam Frank is an astrophysicist at University of Rochester and host of the 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog on NPR.org.

I don't read self-help books. On any given day my self seems to need so much help that 200 pages of cheerful advice and end-of-chapter exercises miss the core of my dilemma. The real question keeping me up at night is this: What the hell is a self anyway? How did I get one and why is it so damn desperate for help?

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