Arts & Life

Book Review
3:42 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Bone to be Wild: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery"

“Bone to Be Wild: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery”

Author: Carolyn Haines

Publisher: St. Martin’s (Minotaur Books)

Pages: 354

Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)

When I was a kid, on Saturday afternoons I caught the latest installment of Lash LaRue or Commander Don Winslow of the US Coast Guard, weekly series often ending in a literal cliff-hanger—to be continued next week. Like those matinees, Carolyn Haines’ “Bones” books have moved now from a mystery series to a mystery serial.

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Book Review
3:33 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"Reflections of the Civil War in Southern Humor"

“Reflections of the Civil War in Southern Humor”

Author: Wade H. Hall

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 89

Price: $12.95 (Paper)

“The Shortest Book in the World” is a venerable genre.

“Career Management” by Charlie Sheen.

“Secrets to a Successful Marriage” by Tiger Woods

At 89 pages, Wade Hall’s study of Southern Civil War humor is definitely in this category. Considering that the war was a four-year bloodbath with, sometimes, tens of thousands dying on the same day, it may even be an oxymoron. It wasn’t a naturally funny subject.

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Book Review
3:29 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

"South, America: A Jack Prine Novel"

“South, America: A Jack Prine Novel”

Author: Rod Davis

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 248

Price: $24.95 (Paper)

Before seven on a Sunday morning, in the year 2000, Jack Prine is walking from his apartment to get some coffee and finds a “body … splayed out face down across a busted-up curb in the Faubourg Marigny, downriver of the quarter but not quite in the Bywater.”

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Remembrances
12:16 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Johnny Gimble, The 'King Of The Swing Fiddle'

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The Texas Playboys are on the air.

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Author Interviews
12:16 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

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Monkey See
8:42 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Judy Blume's New Book And Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 10:22 pm

This week's show finds us cracking open Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event (it's an adult novel as in a-novel-for-adults, not an adult novel as in "too sexy for polite company). Joined by our friend and librarian-in-chief Margaret Willison, we talk about the structure of the book, the character voices, Blume's particular brand of what Margaret calls "emotional immediacy," the balancing of period references in a book set largely in the early 1950s, and lots more.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

An American President Lost In The Wilderness Becomes 'Big Game'

Samuel L. Jackson as The President and Onni Tommila as Oskari in Big Game.
Stephanie Kulbach EuropaCorp

There may be no American cultural force more powerful than the cheesy action movie. For proof, look to Big Game, a spectacularly silly explosion extravaganza where a kid saves the world, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States. Americans are not the movie's intended audience: Big Game is a Finnish production, helmed by Finnish director Jalmari Helander, set in the remote Nordic mountains and co-starring Finnish teen actor Omni Tommila.

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Author Interviews
3:37 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Take A Walk With Judy Blume Through Her Old Miami Beach Neighborhood

Blume revisits her old Miami Beach school, Central Beach Elementary, which is now Fienberg Fisher K-8. Click here to go on a virtual tour of Blume's Miami Beach.
Left photo credit: Alicia Zuckerman Right photo credit: Copyright Judy Blume and used only with her written permisison

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:05 pm

When I was a kid, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself was my favorite Judy Blume book. And when I moved to Miami Beach from New York eight and-a-half years ago, I realized something felt familiar — I was living in Sally's neighborhood.

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Science
2:12 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Make Lava, Not War

The Salt
9:40 am
Thu June 25, 2015

A Toast To Butter Sculpture, The Art That Melts The Hearts Of The Masses

Art of the people: Fill a glass with hope, a butter sculpture crafted by Jim Victor and Marie Pelton. "People don't understand how [the sculpting] is done --€” it's like magic and just appears," Victor says. "But people understand butter."
Courtesy of Jim Victor and Marie Pelton

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:51 pm

In the Medieval era, kings and queens hosted feasts adorned with surprisingly complex edible sculptures depicting humans and animals alike. Outside the castle walls, of course, people struggled to put enough food on the table — much less, worry about its presentation afterward. But in the modern United States, food sculpture is the art of the people. Nowhere is this truer than the butter sculptures so common at Midwestern state fairs.

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Arts & Life
9:25 am
Thu June 25, 2015

By Their Fingertips: Teen Pianists In New Cliburn Competition

The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival will give competitors 13-17 years old a chance at a Cliburn victory.
Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 5:42 pm

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Arts & Life
9:24 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Remembering Composer Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller conducts at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. (Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:38 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller died on Sunday at the age of 89. He was known for his versatility: as a horn player he performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and recorded with Miles Davis. As the head of the New England Conservatory in Boston, he introduced jazz into the curriculum. His works “Where the Word Ends” and “Dreamscape” were also performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Arts & Life
9:22 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Unearthed In A Library, 'Voodoo' Opera Rises Again

Harry Lawrence Freeman, the Harlem Renaissance composer of the opera Voodoo.
H. Lawrence Freeman Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 7:01 pm

About eight years ago, as a grad student, Annie Holt was working in Columbia University's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library when she was assigned to catalogue the work of Harry Lawrence Freeman, a largely forgotten Harlem-based composer from the early 20th century.

"It was fabulous!" she says. "I had the honor of going through all the cardboard boxes that came right from his family's house and unearthing everything, and I, for myself, discovered how amazing his story was and how amazing his music is."

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Book Reviews
9:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

'Keepers' Isn't One: A Critic's Highlight Reel Lacks Spark

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Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:30 pm

The truth and trouble of criticism is that it never really leaves behind personal opinion. At best it heightens that opinion by placing it in the framework of an argument, but no matter what, the exhibition of authority while judging art will always function somewhat as a masquerade.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Going Through A Midlife Crisis? 'Summerlong' Is No Escape

Courtesy of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:24 pm

Do not read this book if you are unhappy. It will kill you.

Don't read it if you're sad. Don't read it if you're restless. Don't read it if you're in pain or lost or choked with grief. Don't read it unless your marriage is rock-solid. Don't read it if, sometimes, you wake late at night and think of just slipping away in the dark, calculating how far away you'd be before anyone knew you were gone because if you do, Summerlong will take you down with it, man. It will break you.

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