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'Empire Of Things' Surveys How, What And Why We Consume

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:00am

Frank Trentmann's sprawling new history looks at several centuries worth of consumerism. It's a huge, and hugely readable survey of all the ways we accumulate — and exhaust — material goods.

'You Cannot Shame Me': Two New Books Tear Down 'Fat Girl' Stereotypes

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:39am

Authors Sarai Walker and Mona Awad were tired of the way fat characters were — and weren't — portrayed in fiction. Dietland and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl attack a culture of stigmatization.

Sense Of Place Asheville: River Arts District

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:56pm

Take a tour of Asheville's creative hub and hear how local artists respond to a changing community.

Ray Romano Gets Deep, Dark And Angsty For Martin Scorsese's 'Vinyl'

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:58am

Ever since Everybody Loves Raymond, the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO drama Vinyl, he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide.

Lurid And Ludicrous, 'Shock SuspenStories' Will Make Your Eyes Pop

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 6:00am

A new collection reprints the first six issues of EC Comics' classic 1950s pulp horror series. Packed with gore and goofiness, these may, in fact, be the comics your mother warned you about.

For 19th Century French Artists, 'Noir' Was The New Black

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:56am

After the Industrial Revolution, artists started getting creative with some newly available black materials. An exhibit at LA's Getty museum celebrates their exploration of the shadows.

Adopt A Beehive — Save A Beekeeper?

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 2:43pm

Many of the foods we eat depend on pollination from honeybees. But bees are in trouble, and so are beekeepers — replacing lost hives is expensive. Some have come up with a new source of funding.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 1:51pm

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken."

When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:38am

Author Sarah Hepola has complained for years about the random hatred of the Internet. Then, with one careless post, she became part of the problem.

Murder And Crows In 'Taxidermist's Daughter'

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 6:00am

Kate Mosse's new gothic thriller uses the concept of taxidermy as a clever skeleton on which to hang its scares. It's a dark and tangled tale that's definitely not for the squeamish.

Baked Alaska: A Creation Story Shrouded In Mystery

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 6:00am

In March 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska. This igloo-shaped, torched-meringue dessert came as a fringe benefit. Was it a sweet flash of genius, political satire — or maybe a bit of both?

Defunct Chinatown Bus Line Celebrated By Performers, Ex-Riders

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 4:03am

The Fung Wah bus was a cheap way to get between major cities in the Northeast. The Chinatown bus line was no-frills and unsafe. It's no longer operating, but it holds some nostalgia for former riders.

Sex and 'An African City': A Steamy Ghanaian Show You Don't Want To Miss

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 4:03am

Five African women who came of age abroad make their way back to Accra, Ghana as adult professionals looking for love — and end up grappling with where they fit into this place they call "home."

Organic Foods Still Aren't As Mass Market As You Might Think

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:09pm

With Wal-Mart now selling organic food, and Whole Foods testing cheaper stores, it's easy to think organic has gone mainstream. But one study finds organics are still far more common in richer areas.

In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is Spain in Our Hearts.

'My Golden Days,' An Heir To French New Wave

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:26pm

Arnaud Desplechin's new film centers on the memories of a middle-aged Frenchman who returns to Paris after years of living abroad. Critic John Powers says My Golden Days is "achingly romantic."

Love Your Sourdough Starter? In Stockholm, You Can Hire A Sitter For It

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:02pm

A batch of starter can live indefinitely, but it also requires a certain amount of care and feeding. Apparently, that can pose a problem for Swedes and their five weeks of annual vacation.

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' Foolishness, Happiness And Josh Chan

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:14am

What began as a tale of pursuit has turned into a story about what it means to meet up with people who appeal to you for complicated reasons.

DIY Artists Paint The Town Strange, With Some Help From George R.R. Martin

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 5:17pm

The art market is booming in Santa Fe, N.M., but the highbrow scene leaves some artists feeling out of place. So, one collective made a space of their own — with a big boost from the fantasy author.

Jim Harrison, 'Legends Of The Fall' Author, Dies At 78

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 1:09pm

The author — who wrote more than three dozen books, including the novels Dalva and True North and many collections of poetry — found freedom in the outdoors. He died Saturday in Patagonia, Ariz.

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