Arts

2:46pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Salt

To Eat Authentically Irish This St. Patrick's Day, Go For The Butter

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 2:11 pm

Butter labels from Irish creameries operating in the 1970s.
Roland Paschhoff Cork Butter Museum

As scholarly buzzkills have long told us, corned beef isn't really Irish. So what to do if you want a taste of the Emerald Isle on St. Patrick's Day? Instead of green, maybe look for yellow — a pat of Irish butter. Although most Americans are familiar with images of Ireland's rolling green hills, few realize that those hills are the secret to a deliciously buttery empire.

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2:11pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Author Interviews

WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:33 pm

Daniel Torday's new novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, is about how memoir and fiction can blur — and how hard it can be to convey truth.

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12:35pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Salt

Meet Chef Chane, Ethiopia's Version Of The Infamous 'Soup Nazi'

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 8:17 am

Inside Chef Chane's tiny kitchen. Every few months or years, his landlord — taking note of Chane's popularity — will raise the rent, or a conniving official will demand a bribe. Then, instead of bowing to the system, Chane will disappear and set up in a new location.
Gregory Warner/NPR

I didn't travel all the way to Ethiopia just to meet a character out of the sitcom Seinfeld.

But when I heard Ethiopians describe a particular popular restaurant called Chane's, I couldn't help recognize a resemblance, in its owner and lead chef, to the famously brusque soup man.

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11:21am

Tue March 17, 2015
Monkey See

'Community': No Longer A Broadcast Show, But Still A Lovable Weirdo

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger on Community.
Trae Patton Yahoo

Community, producer Dan Harmon's increasingly self-aware sitcom, has become less and less about a band of community-college misfits and more and more about being a television show. Perhaps it's fitting that a show about being a show continues its odd life with a move from NBC to Yahoo Screen, where the first two episodes are now available.

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9:25am

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Returns Dozens Of Looted Artifacts To Iraq

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 3:31 pm

Some of the artifacts that were handed over to Iraq during a ceremony Monday in Washington, D.C.
Jackie Northam NPR

The U.S. returned dozens of artifacts to the Iraqi government Monday. The cultural treasures, some dating back more than 4,000 years, were looted from Iraq and smuggled into the United States.

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7:03am

Tue March 17, 2015
Book Reviews

'Escape' Is A Searing Indictment Of Nation-Building

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 3:07 pm

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Very early on in Escape from Baghdad!, before we realize how many murderous forces and literary genres are about to crash into each other, two friends are holed up in a safehouse in the South Ghazaliya neighborhood. Saddam Hussein has just been deposed; outside, the Madhi Army has just finished another minor street battle with a rival militia, and our heroes Dagr and Kinza are in possession of a stash of black market weapons and a captive: one of Saddam's head torturers.

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6:31pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Fine Art

In Detroit's Rivera And Kahlo Exhibit, A Portrait Of A Resilient City

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:01 pm

A detail from the north wall of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry murals shows workers on the automobile assembly line. After Detroit declared bankruptcy, the murals were at risk of being sold. Click here for a larger view.
Detroit Institute of Arts

This weekend, visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts buzzed with excitement over a new exhibit — it was a big moment for the once-troubled museum. The DIA spent much of the last two years under threat as its owner, the city of Detroit, looked for ways to emerge from bankruptcy.

Finally, in November, a "grand bargain" was struck. Foundations, private donors and the state of Michigan together raised more than $800 million to help rescue public employee pensions. In return, ownership of the DIA was transferred to a trust — thereby securing its future.

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3:08pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Book News & Features

There's No Wrong Place To Start Reading Pratchett

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 4:15 pm

Whenever people talk about Terry Pratchett — as they've been doing a great deal since his death last week at age 66 — someone inevitably asks, "Where should I start reading his work?"

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3:04pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Television

Does Success Of HBO's 'The Jinx' Herald New Form Of True-Crime TV?

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:25 am

Robert Durst, filmed on the streets of Manhattan for HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
HBO

It was the kind of moment true-crime TV fans live for but almost never get to see: a suspected murderer seeming to confess his guilt while the audience listens in.

That bombshell admission aired Sunday at the end of HBO's docu-series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, capping a six-part series. It unfolded as something of a cat-and-mouse game between Durst, the scion of a wealthy New York family who is suspected of killing his wife, a best friend and a neighbor in separate crimes reaching back to 1982, and filmmaker Andrew Jarecki.

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1:51pm

Mon March 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:43 am

Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce, seen here during the recent Milan Fashion Week, are being criticized for remarks about same-sex families, sparking a boycott led by musician Elton John.
Daniel Dal Zennaro EPA/Landov

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a very public argument with musician Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples should not raise children.

After John called for a boycott of the designers' clothes, Gabbana defended his right to air an opinion and urged people to shun the singer, responding to John's Instagram post by commenting, "Fascist!!"

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