Arts

3:29am

Tue September 11, 2012
Author Interviews

Stories From A New Generation Of American Soldiers

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 am

Yellow Birds book cover detail

Iraq War veteran Brian Castner opens his new memoir, The Long Walk, with a direct and disturbing warning:

"The first thing you should know about me is that I'm Crazy," he writes. "I haven't always been. Until that one day, the day I went Crazy, I was fine. Or I thought I was. Not anymore."

More than 10 years since a new generation of Americans went into combat, the soldiers themselves are starting to write the story of war. Three recent releases show how their experiences give them the authority to describe the war, fictionalize it and even satirize it.

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3:28am

Tue September 11, 2012
Author Interviews

Fidelity In Fiction: Junot Diaz Deconstructs A Cheater

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 am

Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Nina Subin Penguin Group

Yunior grew up tough in a poor neighborhood. He's Latino with African roots, an immigrant and a super nerdy kid who went on to teach at a university. He's gruff and masculine, but he's also an artist — as well as the creation of one.

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4:30pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Movies

The Straight-To-DVD World Of 'Mockbusters'

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:32 am

Paul Bales, David Rimawi and David Latt of The Asylum call their films "mockbusters."
Mike Digrazia

Dreamworks' animated movie Puss in Boots was a big deal. It won an Oscar, and its swashbuckling, sloe-eyed kitty was voiced by Antonio Banderas.

The meticulous computer-generated animation took four years and something like $130 million to make. But another cartoon, Puss In Boots: A Furry Tail, was hand-drawn in six months for less than $1 million. It went straight to DVD — one of the many low-budget productions riding the coattails of Hollywood blockbusters.

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1:41pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Television

Andrew Rannells: Gay And Serious In 'New Normal'

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 11:23 am

Andrew Rannells plays Bryan Buckley, a successful TV show producer and writer, in the new comedy The New Normal.
Frederick M Brown/Getty Images

After Andrew Rannells pitched himself for a starring role in NBC's The New Normal, the show's creator didn't call for a month.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, I've completely overstepped — I've over-Oprah-ed this,' " Rannells tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I've ruined my chances of working with this man because I was too bold."

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Arts & Life

NY Fashion Week, From Google Glasses To Harnesses

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll talk about how a master violin maker holds onto his art form in this struggling economy. Talk about that in just a few minutes.

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Economy

Master Violin Maker Feels Economy's Sour Notes

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. And today a story about the business of music.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIOLIN)

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Music

Strawberry Fields For 'MasterChef' Christine Ha

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of the program tell us the songs they're listening to for a little inspiration. Today is a very special, probably stressful day for "MasterChef" contestant Christine Ha. Why?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GARY RHODES: The person joining Josh in the "MasterChef" finale, that person is Christine.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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7:03am

Mon September 10, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

Shatter Every Window, Crash Through Every Wall

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 8:46 am

T.C. Boyle's newest book is called San Miguel. It comes out this month.

When I was a teenager my reading was largely confined to liner notes (The Rolling Stones: England's Newest Hit Makers!), but at some point — later, rather than sooner — I stumbled across a book or two and got hooked. A whole panoply of things came rushing at me — Hemingway's stories, J.D. Salinger, Cannery Row, On the Road, Tolkien, Vonnegut — but it was Franz Kafka who really set my wheels spinning.

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3:30am

Mon September 10, 2012
Author Interviews

'End Of Men' Heralds New Era Of Female Dominance

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:47 pm

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Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace, and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived.

In her new book, The End of Men: And The Rise of Women, Rosin argues that the U.S. has entered an era of female dominance.


Interview Highlights

On how the rise of women is largely an economic story

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3:30am

Mon September 10, 2012
Fine Art

For Museum, Long-Lost Picasso Is Too Costly To Keep

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:53 pm

In the southwestern Indiana town of Evansville, people are a bit baffled after hearing that the town's Museum of Arts, History and Science has had a rare Pablo Picasso piece in storage for almost half a century. Curator Mary Bower says the work went unnoticed because of a clerical error.

"All the documentation associated with the gift indicated that this was by an artist named Gemmaux," she says, "which really happens to be the plural of the artistic technique."

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