Arts & Life

Author Interviews
6:09 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Pages from El Deafo by Cece Bell. Click here to enlarge.
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Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:59 pm

Writer and illustrator Cece Bell has been creating children's books for over a decade, but in her latest, she finally turns to her own story — about growing up hearing-impaired, after meningitis left her "severely to profoundly deaf" at the age of 4.

The book, a mix of memoir, graphic novel and children's book, is called El Deafo. It's a funny, unsentimental tale that follows Cece from age 4 through elementary school, as she transforms from mild-mannered little girl into full-fledged superhero — the "El Deafo" of the title.

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Fine Art
5:37 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

'#Blackmendream': Showcasing A Different Side Of Black Manhood

A still from the art film #Blackmendream. The film features nine men, turned away from the camera and talking about their hopes and fears.
Courtesy artist

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 2:32 pm

Nine men sit turned away from the camera; their faces are never shown. Many are shirtless or naked. They answer questions like: When did you become a black man? Do you cry? How were you raised to deal with your emotions?

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Movies
7:56 am
Sun December 14, 2014

A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:38 pm

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Music Interviews
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

A bittersweet moment for moviegoers and Gandalf fans.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES")

ELIJAH WOOD: (As Frodo) It's done.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yes, Mr. Frodo.

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Food
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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If you've been yearning for a cup of mead ever since you read Beowulf in high school - and who hasn't, really? - this could be your moment. The honey wine is once again the bee's knees. WEEKEND EDITION food commentator, Bonny Wolf, explains.

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Food
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:35 pm

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Book News & Features
5:41 am
Sun December 14, 2014

This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

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Cinco Puntos Press

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

When we meet 17-year-old Gabi Hernandez, she's a senior in high school who's suffering from all the typical teenage problems. Dysfunctional family: Check. Rampaging hormones: Check. Low self-esteem: Check.

On top of all that, Gabi has to negotiate two cultures and two very different sets of rules for girls and boys. She's the protagonist in our latest Weekend Read: Isabel Quintero's debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.

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Music News
5:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

"I started thinking about effects pedals as being like a palette with different colors," Wilco guitarist Nels Cline says.
Diverse Images/UIG Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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Movie Interviews
5:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Adapting 'Inherent Vice' Made Director Feel Like A Student Again

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private investigator with a pot-smoking habit, in Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon.
Michael Muller Warner Brother Pictures

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

The new film Inherent Vice follows a stoner, hippie detective on a wild, wandering, pot-fueled adventure that ensues when his ex-lover Shasta brings him a new case to solve. Joaquin Phoenix plays that detective, Larry "Doc" Sportello, who, as he tries to tackle the mystery, is regularly at odds with an LAPD detective named "Bigfoot" Bjornsen, played by Josh Brolin.

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Goats and Soda
3:43 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

Miss Philippines, Megan Young, sends a kiss to the audience after winning the Miss World title in last year's competition. She's helped raise money for typhoon victims in her homeland.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

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