Arts & Life

The Two-Way
8:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Author Of 'Billy Bathgate,' 'Ragtime,' Dies At 84

E.L. Doctorow, center, stands with other National Book Critics Circle award winners in March 2006 at a reception following the awards ceremony in New York. Doctorow's "The March" won the prize for fiction that year.
Tina Fineberg AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:14 am

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th-century United States, died Tuesday at the age of 84, his agent confirmed late Tuesday.

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Remembrances
4:35 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:23 pm

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Book Reviews
4:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Book Review: 'How To Be Drawn,' Terrance Hayes

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:23 pm

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Fine Art
4:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

Chiharu Shiota takes over an entire townhouse for her 2013 work Trace of Memory. It's one of the many unusual installations at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.
Courtesy of The Mattress Factory

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:09 pm

The Mattress Factory hasn't been an actual mattress factory for a while now. Built on a hillside in the Central Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, back at the turn of the last century, it was used as a warehouse and showroom for Stearns & Foster until the 1960s.

Today, it's one of the country's more unusual art museums. Filled not with paintings or sculptures — and certainly not with mattresses — it is now, four stories of ... well, of "stories" in a way. Installations that take you places you don't expect to go in an art museum.

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The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Actor Theodore Bikel Dies At Age 91

Theodore Bikel, seen here in 2013, died Monday after a long illness.
Jim Ruymen UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:06 pm

Actor and musician Theodore Bikel, whose talents landed him memorable roles on the stage and screen, has died at age 91. His manager Robert Malcolm confirmed the news to NPR's Neda Ulaby, who says Bikel "died last night at a hospital in Los Angeles after a long illness."

Some of Bikel's most notable work took place on stage — starting with an early breakthrough in the London staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which he starred opposite Vivien Leigh.

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Movie Interviews
1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Actress Mya Taylor and director Sean Baker collaborated on the film Tangerine, a comedy about a friendship between transgender sex workers in Los Angeles' unofficial red-light district.
Rebecca Cabage AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 8:48 pm

When film director Sean Baker moved to Los Angeles three years ago, he found himself drawn to one of the city's most infamous intersections. The corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is "an unofficial red light district," Baker tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But Baker's interest in the area went beyond the usual transactions: "I thought there must be some incredible stories that take place on that corner."

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The Salt
11:39 am
Tue July 21, 2015

A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum

For 3-D food printers, chocolate is a good material to start with, because it's fairly simple to make it liquid inside the printer cartridge and solid once it drops out.
Courtesy of Smart Gastronomy Lab, University of Liège

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:59 am

Dorothée Goffin's lab in Belgium is outfitted with 3-D printers and digital milling machines. It's also a kitchen. And, one day a week, the doors open to anyone who feels like walking in to mess around with the equipment. These days, the tech geeks, chefs and curious folk that inhabit the lab are focused on 3-D printing. Instead of spouting plastic doodads, the printers exude chocolate.

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The Salt
9:59 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Tea Sommeliers Are The Hot New Thing In Food Pairing

Christopher Day, the dining room manager at Eleven Madison Park, is also the man behind its tea program. "My goal has always been to put together a tea list with the same standard and rigor as you would with wine," he says.
Kathy YL Chan for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:01 pm

Even those of us who can't tell the difference between a pinot noir and a merlot are probably familiar with the basic rule of wine pairing: white wine with fish and red wine with steak. But when it comes to tea pairings, we're stumped.

Yet it turns out there is an art to unlocking new flavors in your food by pairing it with tea. Sipping oolong with a buttery, citrusy madeleine can highlight the flowery and milky notes of the tea, while a hot cup of green tea melts the texture of goat cheese and enhances its creamy notes.

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Books
6:03 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Each Wave Tells A Story In 'Barbarian Days'

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:44 pm

"It wasn't that the waves beggared language. It was more that they scrambled it." Longtime New Yorker staff writer William Finnegan is being modest here, relating one of many spiritually resonant surfing experiences on Fiji's Tavarua Island in 1978. In fact, there is no wave in his memoir Barbarian Days that Finnegan can't describe in intimate detail. Honolulu, LA, Fiji, Australia, Madeira, San Francisco. Finnegan lovingly remembers every break, treating them like old friends who only occasionally tried to brutally murder him.

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Author Interviews
4:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

A Lifelong Surfer Explains Why There's No Such Thing As A 'Perfect' Wave

William Finnegan surfs Cloudbreak, off the island of Tavarua in Fiji, in 2005.
Scott Winer

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:24 pm

William Finnegan is a New Yorker journalist, but his new memoir doesn't focus on the wars or controversies he's covered. It's about surfing.

Finnegan traces his love of surfing back to his childhood, when he used to watch surfers in Ventura, Calif. He remembers being 10 years old, sitting with his family in a diner, watching waves break on the coast.

It seemed "like they were arriving from some celestial workshop ... carved by ocean angels," he writes. "I wanted to be out there, learning to dance on water."

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Trump Could Bump GOP Veterans Off Debate Stage

Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump is polling atop recent national surveys and is a virtual lock to make the cut for next month's first GOP presidential debate.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:17 am

Donald Trump quickly earned the scorn of many veterans' groups this weekend with his controversial comments about Sen. John McCain's military service.

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Book Review
4:52 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

"Go Set a Watchman: A Novel" By Harper Lee

“Go Set a Watchman: A Novel”

Author: Harper Lee

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 288

Price: $27.99

This is a book review, a description and evaluation of Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman,” read on a Kindle.

With an important book like this I would normally be reading an ARC—Advance Readers Copy—or a review copy, but these were not distributed. This novel had all the publicity it needed and the publishers obviously felt there was nothing to be gained and perhaps something to lose by letting reviewers see it.

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Book Review
1:37 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

"German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past During the Civil Rights Era"

“German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past During the Civil Rights Era”

Author: Monique Laney

Publisher: Yale University Press

Pages: 320

Price: $35.00 (Hardcover)

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The Salt
1:32 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Why The Pig Is The Most Loved And Most Loathed Animal On The Plate

As useful and tasty as they are, swine have not been universally adored.
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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:10 pm

In 1849 an American farmer watched a sow give birth and was moved to record a diary entry: "Pigs! Pigs! Pork! Pork! Pork!"

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Book Review
1:24 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

"Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor" By Tasia Malakasis

“Southern Made Fresh: Vibrant Dishes Rooted in Homegrown Flavor”

Author: Tasia Malakasis

Publisher: Oxmoor House

Pages: 297

Price: $26.00 (Hardcover)

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