Arts & Life

Author Interviews
4:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

A Publishing Insider Turns The Page On A Bygone World In 'Muse'

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

Over a long career in publishing, Jonathan Galassi has worked with some great novelists: Alice McDermott, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen and Marilynne Robinson, to name a few. Now the president and publisher of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, he has just written his own novel, Muse. Not surprisingly, it's all about publishers, editors, writers and poets.

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The Record
2:10 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?

Illustration by Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:28 pm

Recently, the rapper Jay Z relaunched the subscription streaming music service Tidal, which includes the option to listen to high-definition audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal's HiFi, with its uncompressed audio files, promises a better listening experience than any other streaming service on the market.

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The Record
11:02 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Would You Like To Hear A Song, Dave?

Over time, Aether's Cone speaker uses an algorithm to learn the taste of its owner, and offers time- and location-specific recommendations.
Photo illustration Photos via NASA and courtesy of Aether

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 3:44 pm

Late one Saturday morning last December, after a couple months using my Aether Cone, the "thinking" speaker played David Bowie's "Changes." I pressed the soft button in the center of the sleek, chrome-plated player, and out came the swaggering piano and sharp blast of sax. "Oh yeah," cooed Bowie. "That'll do just fine," I thought, walking away from the wireless speaker sitting on the desk in my bedroom in order to do a few chores.

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Home Page Top Stories
10:03 am
Tue June 2, 2015

You'll Be Caught Fast By This Delightful 'Fly Trap'

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:57 pm

Write brilliantly and readers will follow you anywhere — even into a swarm of hoverflies. That's one takeaway from The Fly Trap, a charming, off-the-beaten track, humorously self-deprecating memoir by Fredrik Sjöberg, a biologist who muses and amuses about his baffling passion for hoverflies. "No sensible person is interested in flies, or anyway, no woman," he writes. His book may change that: It is a paean to some of the tiniest wonders of the natural world, but even more to the benefits of intense focus.

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Book Reviews
7:16 am
Tue June 2, 2015

'Ghosts' Is An Eerie, Edgy Tale Of Perception And Possession

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 11:22 am

From H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King, horror writers have found frightening inspiration in small-town New England. It's no surprise, then, that the works of both authors are cited in A Head Full of Ghosts, the latest novel by Boston-based writer Paul Tremblay. Accordingly, A Head Full of Ghosts is also set in New England — in Beverly, Mass., just across the Danvers River from Salem. In spite of that proximity to so much chilling history, the book is not your typical tale of the supernatural.

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The Salt
3:41 am
Tue June 2, 2015

A Tome For Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador

Mixed ceviche from Peru: The Cookbook.
Courtesy of Phaidon Press

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:42 pm

Maybe you've noticed a dish that keeps popping up in more restaurants across the U.S.

Peru is one of the countries that lays claim to ceviche, which is made of raw fish and chilies, cured in lime juice.

So how do you know you're tasting a perfect ceviche?

"In the first bite, you want to find a strong citrus flavor balanced with the fish, and a little bit spicy, but a fresh spicy given by a fresh chili," says chef Gaston Acurio.

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5:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Lifetime's Scripted Drama 'Unreal' Goes Behind The Scenes Of Reality TV

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 10:46 pm

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If you would never watch a television show like "The Bachelor," or if it's your guilty pleasure, well, a new drama called "UnREAL" may be equally appealing.


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The Salt
2:54 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

Psychologist Traci Mann calls willpower "a mythical quality and certainly not something that can be relied upon for weight loss."
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:01 pm

As soon as Traci Mann's new book, Secrets From The Eating Lab, hit bookstores, I ordered my copy.

As the author of a no-diet book myself, I was eager to read what one of the leading researchers on the psychology of eating, dieting and self-control had to say about why diets fail to bring about significant or sustainable weight loss.

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Shots - Health News
2:43 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Yoga practitioners celebrate the solstice in New York's Times Square in 2011.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:02 pm

That yoga pose you've been practicing may not be as ancient as you thought. In fact, journalist Michelle Goldberg says that most of the poses that we do in modern yoga classes have no antecedent beyond 150 years ago.

"Probably the greatest myth is when you do these poses, when you do sun salutations or the warrior poses, that that there's some sort of continuity to what yogis were doing 3,000 years ago on the banks of the Ganges, and that's just not true," Goldberg tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Record
2:04 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Streaming Utopia: Imagining Digital Music's Perfect World

Photo illustration Photos via NASA

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 3:45 pm

Maria Yanez might be the present-day music industry's ideal customer. The 36-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., owns roughly 1,000 vinyl records. Though she has sold "a lot" of her CDs and stopped buying digital music about three years ago, she's mostly content with her paid Spotify subscription.

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