Author Patrick DeWitt knows well how to mine delight from despair. But his distinctive dark humor gathers a few rays of light in Undermajordomo Minor -- a scrambled folk tale that keeps a quick pace.
During filming, the crew shoveled salt in front of 100 mph fans to look like a snowstorm. "We were getting the great exfoliation of our lives," Brolin says. "And it was just horrible."
Dozens of volunteers moved more than 750,000 plastic balls this week from the National Building Museum's Beach installation to Dupont Underground, a creative arts institution in Washington, D.C.
Qais Akbar Omar's memoir has been translated into more than 20 languages. But his outspoken criticism of Afghanistan's government has created problems for him and his family back in Kabul.
Ravi Patel had tried and failed to find "The One." So he reluctantly let his parents arrange for him to meet dozens of prospects. And his sister has filmed the whole thing — for our viewing pleasure.
In Leslye Headland's new sex comedy, two serial cheaters meet up years after a one-night stand. Critic David Edelstein says the film mixes emotional weirdness with sexual frankness — in a good way.
An ambitious plan to create an interactive, world-class museum dedicated to the edible comes closer to reality. The Museum of Food and Drink will have its first permanent home starting next month.
Moore was part of the Our Gang crew for one year, from 1932-33. Over a very busy career as a young actor, he appeared in more than 100 films.
Leah Hayes' new graphic novel presents, in simple terms and unassuming pinkish illustrations, the story of two women who decide to get abortions, the choices they make and the steps they go through.
Filmmaker Chris Milk uses cutting-edge technology to create a film experience that immerses the viewer. He explains how virtual reality has allowed him to create the "ultimate empathy machine."
Pediatrician Dimitri Christakis explains how different forms of screen time affects kids and their ability to learn and develop.
Despite their powerful computing capability, our screens have no way of knowing how we feel. Computer scientist Rana el Kaliouby says that's about to change.
Anthropologist Amber Case says our technology is changing us into cyborgs. She argues we have become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of Homo sapiens.
The heroine of Jonathan Evison's new novel is 78 years old, chronically drunk and talks to the ghost of her dead husband. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book portrays "darkness with a forced smile."
President Obama awarded chef and educator Alice Waters with the National Humanities Medal on Thursday. The advocate of sustainable eating explains what it means to have her work recognized this way.
Christopher Saucedo lost a brother in the twin towers, and two of his houses were flooded in the storms. He says he hopes his art shows people what it means to lose and how we manage to survive.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Bruce Conforth, professor of American culture at the University of Michigan, about words that have entered colloquial language after originating as book characters.
The new thriller Goodnight Mommy follows a child's simple what-if question to horrific lengths.
A new film follows a homeless man working constantly to survive on the streets of New York City and traces his challenge to hold on to his identity.
A white man called Michael Derrick Hudson used the name Yi-Fen Chou as a strategy to get published. Ken Chen of the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York says the writer wanted to be "special."