Arts

The Two-Way
6:53 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Book News: Wendy Davis' Book Tour Violates Ethics Code, Opponent Says

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

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Movie Interviews
2:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Film Triptych 'Eleanor Rigby' Tells Three Sides Of A Breakup Story

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him, Her and Them.
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:03 pm

There are three sides to every story, or so the saying goes — yours, theirs and the truth. That's basically the premise of a new triple feature: three films that show a crumbling relationship from different points of view. Together they're called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him, Her and Them. (Them comes out in theaters Friday, and Him and Her will be released next month.)

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Richard Kiel, Actor Who Played Jaws In Bond Films, Dies At 74

Richard Kiel (front) and Roger Moore at a ceremony in 2007 to honor Moore with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kiel, who played Jaws in two Bond films opposite Moore, died Wednesday. He was 74.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 4:00 pm

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Television
2:09 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To A Close, Creator Reminisces About Its Start

On Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi's character, Nucky Thompson, is modeled after Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, the corrupt county treasurer of Atlantic City during the Prohibition years. The HBO show started its fifth and final season Sunday.
Macall B. Polay HBO

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 7:26 am

When HBO executives handed The Sopranos executive producer Terence Winter a copy of Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, he says they asked him if he could find a TV series in it. The book was about the history of corruption in Atlantic City through the 20th century.

"And [they] said ... 'Oh, by the way, Martin Scorsese is attached to this,' " Winter tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "So, without even reading the book, I said, 'Yes, there's a TV series in this, and I'm going to find it.' "

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Book Reviews
1:57 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 1:56 pm

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Arts
9:12 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Jekyll & Hyde: A Story Of Good & Evil At Muni

D.J. Schultz plays Jekyll and Hyde
Credit Donna Lounsberry

The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been told for over a century. But it’s only been a Broadway musical since the 1990s. Now, it’s a production on the Muni stage in Springfield. We were recently joined by cast members who told us more about it: D.J. Schultz who plays Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Wes Bridges who plays his best friend John Utterson, and Dennis O’Brien who plays Sir Archibald Proops.

Jekyll & Hyde is this Thursday through Saturday, and Sept. 18-20 as well. Shows begin at 7:30.

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Book Reviews
7:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Ecstatic Blankness Of Poet Louise Glück

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Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 12:08 pm

Louise Glück is in love with silence — her poems strain towards nothingness. "The unsaid, for me, exerts great power: often I wish an entire poem could be made in this vocabulary," she once wrote in an essay. In her new collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, one poem features a painter, aging and facing his own decline, who paints canvases that are "immense and entirely white."

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Book News: Millennials Reading More Than Older Americans, Study Finds

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:06 am

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

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu September 11, 2014

'Father And Son' Is Part Homage, Part Indictment

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:29 am

Add Marcos Giralt Torrente's Father and Son: A Lifetime to the shortlist of worthwhile memoirs about mourning a parent — a list that includes Philip Roth's Patrimony, Paul Auster's The Invention of Solitude, and Hanif Kureishi's My Ear at His Heart, all of which the author cites as touchstones for his exploration.

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Photography
2:21 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Minor White, Who Lived A Life In Photographs, Saw Images As Mirrors

Tom Murphy, San Francisco, 1948 gelatin silver print
The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:53 am

When we point smartphones at our kids or smile for a selfie, we're not necessarily thinking of photography as an art form. But in the early days of the medium, when big cameras and flashbulbs were lugged around and propped on tripods, art was often the goal. An exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles focuses on the work of one such photographer, Minor White.

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Around the Nation
5:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Preserving Black History, Americans Care For National Treasures At Home

Neonta Williams (left) shares family letters dating back to 1901 with preservationist Kimberly Peach during the Smithsonian's Save our African American Treasures program at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Peach advises her to use archive-quality polyester sleeves to protect the fragile papers, rather than store them in a zip-lock bag.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 11:28 pm

In a hall inside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama on Saturday, long tables are draped with black linen. Experts are bent over tables, examining aging quilts, letters filled with tight, hand-penned script, and yellowing black-and-white photos tacked into crackling albums — all family keepsakes brought in by local residents.

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History
5:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in 1885, was haunted by the fact that his father didn't fight in the Civil War.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division/PBS

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt did as much to create 20th-century America as any three people linked by blood and marriage.

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All Tech Considered
1:02 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Hair stylists are making house calls. All you have to do is supply a power outlet.
Courtesy of Blowdry Taxi

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:58 am

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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Television
12:05 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

In this undated photo, Theodore Roosevelt waves to a crowd.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 2:28 pm

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his most resonant and famous line during his presidential inauguration speech of 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." It was resonant because he was being defiant, and optimistic, in the face of the Great Depression — and it was famous because it was broadcast live, to the entire nation, on the relatively new medium of radio.

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Monkey See
7:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Toronto, Day 6: Jennifer Aniston, Jon Stewart And Earnestness

Gael Garcia Bernal in Jon Stewart's Rosewater.
TIFF

Cake: Jennifer Aniston plays Claire, a woman we first meet as she's shocking her chronic pain support group with her barbed reactions to the recent suicide of a group member named Nina. Claire's face and body are crisscrossed with scars, and she moves uncomfortably at every moment — which is why she gobbles pain pills and has to constantly invent new methods for getting more. Her marriage has recently broken up, despite the fact that she and her husband (Chris Messina) clearly still care about each other.

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Book News: Fantasy Novelist Graham Joyce Dies

Graham Joyce wrote The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, plus many other novels, including Smoking Poppy, Facts of Life, The Tooth Fairy, Indigo and Spirited Away.
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Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 10:34 am

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

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Book News & Features
6:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Challenging, Shattering 'Girl' Is No Half-Formed Thing

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 10:26 am

Be prepared to be blown away by this raw, visceral, brutally intense neomodernist first novel. There's nothing easy about Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, from its fractured language to its shattering story of the young unnamed narrator's attempt to drown mental anguish with physical pain.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Oates' Latest Story Collection Is 'Dark, Deep' And Marvelous

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 12:09 pm

Norman Mailer, one of the most prolific American writers of the 20th century, may have compared himself to some of the heavyweights of modern literature. But Joyce Carol Oates is an entire sports complex, including the Olympic-sized pools and the locker rooms.

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Television
8:54 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

'Sons Of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Charlie Hunnam, left, plays Jax Teller, with Marilyn Manson as Ron Tully on FX's Sons of Anarchy.
PRASHANT GUPTA FX Networks

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 12:37 pm

[Note: This post discusses plot points and story lines from previous seasons.]

The first episode of the final season for FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy begins with a familiar scene: gang leader/hero Jackson "Jax" Teller brutalizing a man in jail, interspersed with images of his gang and family living life — including his mother caring for his sons — with a mournful tune playing in the background.

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Men In America
4:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

In 'Patrimony' Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 5:00 pm

If you were placing bets on which author would write the tenderest, most moving book about fatherhood, Philip Roth would probably come in at the bottom of the list. The parent-child relationships in his books — from Portnoy's Complaint to American Pastoral — mostly fall somewhere between humiliating and devastating. Which is why it's such a surprise, and a delight, to stumble on Patrimony, one of Roth's best, and most unusual, books.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
1:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 4, 2014

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Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
1:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 4, 2014

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
1:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 4, 2014

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
1:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 4, 2014

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NPR Bestseller List
1:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 4, 2014

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Monkey See
7:39 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Toronto, Day 5: A Different Steve Carell And The Sad Tale Of Alan Turing

Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in The Imitation Game.
Jack English TIFF

Steve Carell is not unrecognizable in Foxcatcher, from director Bennett Miller (who also made Moneyball and Capote) but it's instantly clear that his transformation is meant to be substantial. Carell plays the very rich and very strange (and very real) John du Pont, who in 1996 killed Dave Schultz (played here by Mark Ruffalo), an Olympic wrestler who was working as a coach in the elite wrestling program du Pont operated on his enormous estate.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Book News: Booker Prize Shortlist Includes 2 Americans

Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. Ferris and fellow American writer Karen Joy Fowler were named alongside Australian Richard Flanagan and Britons Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.
Beowulf Sheehan Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 3:12 pm

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue September 9, 2014

God Is Dead In This 'City Of Stairs.' Several Gods, In Fact

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 1:45 pm

On the Continent, no one is allowed to talk about their gods. No one can display their signs or symbols. They certainly can't be worshipped. No one is even allowed to know the history of the Divinities who once walked among the people, performing miracles left and right, though scrubbing the memory of such things from a city, a continent and a people is not quite as easy as passing laws that make the dead gods verboten.

Particularly when the dead gods in question might not in fact be, you know, actually dead.

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First Reads
6:03 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Exclusive First Read: Caitlin Moran's 'How To Build A Girl'

Caitlin Moran's previous books include How to Be a Woman and Moranthology.
Mark Harrison

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 1:08 pm

If you've read Caitlin Moran's 2011 memoir, How to Be a Woman, you might recognize the girl at the center of her new novel. This rollicking and rather autobiographical book follows young Johanna Morrigan, who's growing up poor but imaginative in the depressed English city of Wolverhampton. After nervously humiliating herself while reading a prize-winning poem on live television, Johanna decides the only way out is to completely reinvent herself, to build a new girl: Dolly Wilde, hard-drinking, man-crazy music critic in a top hat and thick eyeliner.

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Photography
2:32 am
Tue September 9, 2014

9 Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You're Welcome)

Popsicle: puggle mix, 9 weeks.
Seth Casteel Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 6:24 pm

A few years ago, award-winning animal photographer Seth Casteel became an overnight sensation when his photos of dogs underwater went viral. What followed was a book deal that resulted in the New York Times best-seller Underwater Dogs.

Casteel's new book, out Sept. 16, is possibly the only thing cuter than Underwater Dogs: Underwater Puppies.

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