Arts

Books News & Features
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You

Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance imprint at Macmillan publishing, solicits manuscripts and invites users to read and rate them. The most popular manuscript gets a first printing of 100,000 copies." href="/post/swoon-reads-next-romance-bestseller-selected-you" class="noexit lightbox">
Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance imprint at Macmillan publishing, solicits manuscripts and invites users to read and rate them. The most popular manuscript gets a first printing of 100,000 copies.
Swoon Reads

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:58 pm

The rise of self-publishing has already catapulted a few lucky writers to the top of bestseller lists. And major publishing houses often try to woo these stars into their fold. Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance publisher, is taking this dance a step further. It has added crowdsourcing to the mix, promising a contract to the writer whose book wins the hearts of a community of online readers.

Read more
This Week's Must Read
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

To Strive, To Seek, To Find: The End Of A Baseball Era

The 2014 season will mark Derek Jeter's 20th — and last — season with the New York Yankees.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 12:12 pm

The step is not as quick. The swing is not as crisp or as powerful. In the career of every great athlete, there comes a moment of profound reckoning: Should you continue when your skills have clearly diminished? If you can't be the absolute best anymore, should you settle for just being really, really good?

Read more
Television
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey play Claire and Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards. When the second season is released on Friday, audiences can expect to see more ruthless behavior from these power-hungry characters — but are they antiheroes, or plain old villains?
Nathaniel E. Bell Courtesy of Netflix

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:00 pm

[Editor's Note: This piece references plot points from the first season of House of Cards. If you've been waiting a year to binge-watch it, consider this your spoiler alert.]

When Netflix's groundbreaking online series House of Cards releases its second season to the world Friday — unleashing 13 new episodes about a wily congressman willing to kill to reach the vice presidency — fans will get more than another jolt of TV's most addictive political drama.

Read more
Remembrances
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship

The Little Colonel." href="/post/shirley-temple-and-bojangles-two-stars-one-lifelong-friendship" class="noexit lightbox">
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Shirley Temple perform their famous stair dance in the 1935 film The Little Colonel.
AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 pm

When Shirley Temple Black died earlier this week, many of the tributes mentioned one of the most iconic scenes in American movie history: the staircase dance that Temple performed with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the 1935 movie The Little Colonel. They were the first interracial couple to dance onscreen. But their partnership was more than just a movie milestone.

He was in his 50s. She was 6. He called her darlin'; she called him Uncle Billy.

Robinson taught Temple his joyful, elegant tap-dancing routines. She thought he was the perfect partner.

Read more
The Two-Way
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Author Of Book Yanked In India Says Move Has Backfired

Indian activists from the student wing of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party protest near the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on May 25, 2010, against Wendy Doniger's The Hindus. Penguin Books, India, said this week that it would withdraw the book and pulp it.
Anindito Mukherjee EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:09 pm

We told you earlier today [Friday] about a University of Chicago professor whose book was withdrawn in India after a Hindu group brought a court challenge against the publisher, Penguin Books, India.

Read more
Movie Reviews
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Movie Review: 'RoboCop,' 'About Last Night,' And 'Endless Love'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:58 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Valentine's Day movie openings are often about love and Bob Mondello says this week's premiers of "RoboCop" and "About Last Night" are about Hollywood's latest crush on the 1980s.

Read more
The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Author Isabel Allende Apologizes For Comments About Mystery Novels

Isabel Allende is apologizing for her comments about mystery novels.
Peter Morgan AP

Author Isabel Allende is best known for her works of magical realism such as The House of Spirits, but it was comments she made during an NPR interview about her new book, Ripper, a mystery novel, that angered fans of crime fiction.

Here's what she told NPR's Arun Rath:

Read more
Books News & Features
1:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Romance Writers Offer Sweet Thoughts For Valentine's Day

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:12 am

Let's face it: not everyone loves Valentine's Day. But as an unabashed romance fan, I do — and I thought I'd share the love by checking in with some of my favorite romance authors and asking them to share their Valentine traditions, and a few of their favorite romances — because what better way to celebrate love than with the best love stories ever told?

Kristan Higgins

Read more
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:06 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

A collection of short stories by The Office writer B. J. Novak, One More Thing, debuts at No. 6.

Barbershop
11:05 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Did Michael Sam Take A 'Huge Risk' To Come Out Before The Draft?

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 1:27 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 13, 2014

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 3:28 pm

At No. 13, Dance of the Reptiles presents a selection of columns by Floridian writer Carl Hiaasen.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

Cover of The Son

The Son, by Phillipp Meyer, tells the epic tale of the McCullough family. It appears at No. 12.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

Debuting at No. 4, Jennifer Senior's new book investigates why parenting is All Joy And No Fun.

TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

What Does It Take To Be Grateful?

Brother David Steindl-Rast says taking even just a moment to be grateful will make you happy.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About David Steindl-Rast's TEDTalk

We all want to be happy, says David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.

About David Steindl-Rast

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Is There A Secret To Happiness?

Pharrell in the music video "Happy."
Courtesy of artist

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:15 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Pharrell's Single 'Happy'

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

How Does Misfortune Affect Long-Term Happiness?

Psychologist Dan Gilbert speaking at TED.
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Dan Gilbert's TEDTalk

We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want — right? Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. He says our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

About Dan Gilbert

Read more
TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Does Less Stuff Mean More Happiness?

Graham Hill says we need to declutter our lives.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:16 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Graham Hill's TEDTalk

Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.

About Graham Hill

Read more
Monkey See
7:20 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Tiny Plastic Men And The Teenage Blues

NPR
  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

We're encased in ice as we prepare to send you this show, but when we taped it, our hearts were warm from enjoying The Lego Movie, also known as "I'm sure it's good, but is it really that good?" We'll try to get to the bottom of whether it really is that good, and we'll talk about the super-terrific Chris Pratt, the wonderful Will Arnett, and whether — as has already been suggested — this might be one of the truly great Batman movies.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:12 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Book News: Penguin India Defends Decision To Yank 'The Hindus'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:42 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more
Business
4:05 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Consumer Advocates Warn Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:18 am

The proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast is raising concerns, not just for the mega cable provider it would create, but also because of the questions it raises about broadband access at a time of uncertainty around the future of network neutrality. More than half of Americans with broadband access are getting it from their cable provider.

Technology
4:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'House Of Cards' Star Wright, Creator Willimon On Love And Power

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:09 am

The Netflix original series House of Cards launches its second season Friday. Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to series creator Beau Willimon and star Robin Wright, who plays the ruthless Claire Underwood and directed part of the new season.

Media
2:46 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Getty's new collection of stock images of women and families veers away from the "overworked mom" stereotype.
Cavan Images Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:46 am

This week Getty Images teamed up with LeanIn.org, the nonprofit foundation of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, to release a new collection of stock photos. There are about 2,500 new images of modern women and families.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:08 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Actor Ralph Waite, Father On 'Waltons,' Dies At 85

Ralph Waite more recently had a recurring role on the CBS drama NCIS as Jackson Gibbs.
Cliff Lipson CBS /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:16 am

Ralph Waite, the actor best known as the father on the hit television show The Waltons, died Thursday. He was 85. His manager, Alan Mills, confirmed the news.

The Waltons aired on CBS from 1972 until 1981.

It was about a family in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the Depression-era 1930s.

Read more
Movie Reviews
4:33 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Into An 'Adult World,' With A Quirky Coterie To Assist

Emma Roberts is an aspiring poet, and John Cusack a played-out one, in the quirky comedy Adult World.
IFC Films

Read more
Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

A Zombie Plague, But It's Covered By Your Health Plan

Kate (Emily Hampshire) treats the victims of zombie attacks — among them her husband, Alex (Kris Holden-Reid), in a world where medication can keep the zombie-bitten human, but supplies may be running low.
levelFILM

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:19 am

Read more
Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Two Exiles, Digging Through The Past For Clues To Their Present

Georges Devereux (Mathieu Amalric) and James Picard (Benicio Del Toro) develop a bond as doctor and patient in an intriguing film from French director Arnaud Desplechin.
Nicole Rivelli IFC Films

Read more
Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

'RoboCop' Remake, As Mechanical As Its Cyborg Hero

Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a Detroit cop brought back from the brink of death — as a cyborg supercop built for reducing crime and increasing profit.
Kerry Hayes Sony Pictures

Read more
Book Reviews
2:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Robert Frost's Letters Reveal: He Really Cared What Readers Thought

Courtesy of Belknap Press

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:32 am

On July 4, 1913, Robert Frost wrote to his good friend John Bartlett, describing his strengths as a poet: "To be perfectly frank with you I am one of the most notable craftsmen of my time. ... I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense."

Frost was 39 years old when he wrote those words. Despite the hubristic and self-assured tone, he had published one book of poetry, A Boy's Will, and was relatively unknown in literary circles.

Read more
Television
12:51 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

The Whole Gritty City follows young student marching bands as they prepare for coveted spots in the New Orleans parade." href="/post/whole-gritty-city-marching-bands-vie-coveted-mardi-gras-spots" class="noexit lightbox">
Eleven-year-old Jaron "Bear" Williams practices trumpet before marching in his first Mardi Gras season. The Whole Gritty City follows young student marching bands as they prepare for coveted spots in the New Orleans parade.
Courtesy of CBS

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 3:51 pm

There are times when television really does try to put its best foot forward — promoting a new fall season, for example. But it's an almost twisted rule of TV that sometimes, the better a television offering is, the more likely it is to be shown when even the network presenting it doesn't think many people will be watching.

Read more

Pages