Arts & Life

Krulwich Wonders...
6:06 am
Sat January 5, 2013

A Very, Very, Very Delicate Balance

Stone balance art by Gravity Glue.
Courtesy of Gravity Glue

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:50 pm

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Author Interviews
5:29 am
Sat January 5, 2013

'Death Of Bees' Captures A Grim, Gory Coming-Of-Age

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:59 am

The Death of Bees is a story about two young girls living in a Glasgow, Scotland, housing project. And if you believe the first sentences of a novel are often the most difficult to write, try this beginning paragraph:

"Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard.

"Neither of them were beloved."

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Best Music Of 2012
5:07 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

2 Chainz: A Pop Star For All Of Us

2 Chainz performing in London in November.
Joseph Okpako WireImage

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:43 am

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Art & Design
4:46 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Pixar Artist Picks Up His 'Heroic' New Year's Resolution

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:02 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to a heroic kind of New Year's resolution.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EVERETT DOWNING: My goal was to create 365, draw a super every day.

CORNISH: That's Everett Downing, a story artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He's worked on some of their best-known films, including "Wall-E," "Up," and "Toy Story 3." Three years ago, as a side project, Downing challenged himself to draw a superhero of his own making for every day of the year.

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Monkey See
2:33 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Giving Horror A Bad Name: 5 Bloody Good Alternatives To 'Texas Chainsaw 3D'

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:14 pm

It gets harder every year to identify as a horror movie fan and still hold your head up in polite company. A big part of the problem is the persistence of rabid slasher films like Texas Chainsaw 3D, opening today in theaters nationwide. Now, I haven't seen Texas Chainsaw 3D, and it would be a disservice, naturally, to pre-judge the film.

And yet somehow I feel totally comfortable concluding that it's terrible.

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 3, 2013

Yellow Birds book cover detail

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 4:35 pm

At No. 9, Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds details the friendship between two Iraq War vets.

The Salt
11:50 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Don't Waste That Christmas Tree: Turn It Into Spruce Beer

You can keep the Christmas smell going all year long. Or, at least until you finish your spruce beer.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:40 pm

The holidays are finally wrapping up. So after you repack the twinkly lights, and the tinsel goes into the trash, what should you do with that once beautiful spruce standing in your living room? Why not drink it?

Well, not exactly as is. The needles, shoots, light-green tips and inner bark of the popular conifer have been used for centuries to brew forest-scented tea, soft drinks and beer. And it seems that fresh evergreen flavor may be making a comeback.

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Arts & Life
11:39 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Creating Peace This Year, Easier Said Than Done?

Tell Me More asked listeners how they are hoping to bring peace into their lives in 2013. From cutting up credit cards to cleaning up friendships, life coach Gail Blanke says even small changes add up. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks Blanke for some tips on creating a peaceful year.

Author Interviews
11:33 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Frank Calabrese Jr. On Opening His 'Family Secrets'

Defendants in the "Operation Family Secrets" trial included Frank Calabrese Sr. (clockwise from left), Joey Lombardo, Anthony Doyle, Paul Shiro and James Marcello. The men are pictured during an Aug. 15, 2007, court hearing in Chicago.
Verna Sadock AP

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:04 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on March 14, 2011. Frank Calabrese's father, the Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr., died on Christmas Day.

When Frank Calabrese Jr. was a teenager, his father came home one night and took him into the bathroom for a chat.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:12 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Not mainstream enough to mark? A portrait of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau taken circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:25 pm

  • In its annual December feature called "The Music They Made" commemorating artists who have died in the preceding year, the New York Times Magazine once again neglected to include a single classical musician.
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