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Book News: Two Poems By Greek Poet Sappho Discovered

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:59am

Also: a fatal literary dispute in Russia; The Rumpus interviews Jerry Stahl.

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'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:32am

Hubertus Von Hohenlohe will be the only skier representing Mexico in the Winter Olympics in Russia. A German prince and one of the oldest athletes to be competing in the Winter Olympics, Hohenlohe says he doesn't expect to win any medals. But he does hope people will notice his flair for fashion.

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Get Extra Points For Super Bowls Of Dips And Spreads

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:17am

Cooking for a crowd for the big game? Put away the pots and pans, and turn to these party-friendly dishes. Then you can settle onto the couch in front of the TV instead of getting stuck in the kitchen.

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Frogs And Puffins! 1730s Menus Reveals Royals Were Extreme Foodies

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 9:26am

A rare collection of menus detailing the meals served to King George II and his queen contain plenty to offend our modern, squeamish sensibilities. But the manuscript, which is up for auction Wednesday, also reflects bigger shifts afoot in how food was sourced and prepared. The result? Tastier British cuisine.

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Book News: Nurse's Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Costa Award

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:34am

Also: Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary about The New York Review of Books; arsonist sentenced to read Malcolm Gladwell; Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch.

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Allende Creates Realism Without The Magic In 'Ripper'

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:00am

Isabel Allende dips a toe in the waters of genre fiction with her new novel Ripper — about a girl who puts her online gaming group to work tracking down a serial killer who's targeted her mother. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the book would function just as well as a character study, without the crime plot.

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Anna Quindlen Is (Still) The Voice Of Her Generation

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:00am

Anna Quindlen's novel Still Life With Bread Crumbs is predictably comforting and readable, even as it details the challenges of a modern, middle aged woman: the fallout of divorce, a career on the wane, and the endless financial and emotional support demanded by her family.

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Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:57pm

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.

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Pete Seeger And The Public Choir

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:34am

Pete Seeger was an activist for many causes, but among them was a passionate belief in the importance and value of public singing.

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Book News: Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies At 74

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:23am

Also: Bookslut launches the Daphnes award; the life of the English literature adjunct; publisher arrested in China.

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Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Bridges And James Salter

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:00am

In softcover nonfiction, the four-star general describes a culture gap between the military and civilian worlds, and Bridges explains how The Dude – of The Big Lebowski – is a kind of Zen master. In fiction, James Salter chronicles betrayal, Taiye Selasi looks at a grieving Ghanaian family and Philipp Meyer delivers a multigenerational family saga.

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Conflict And Colonization Under Alien Ice In 'A Darkling Sea'

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:00am

On a distant, watery moon, three civilizations clash in James Cambias' debut novel A Darkling Sea: human explorers, native scientists, and a self-styled intergalactic police force determined to make the humans go home. Reviewer Annalee Newitz says while flawed, Sea has "the gee-whiz wonder of a classic space opera."

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'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember The Ladies'

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:44am

Cokie Roberts' new children's book tells the stories of women who contributed to the success of the American Revolution — women like Martha Washington and Abigail Adams. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, "These were very, very politically passionate women. ... They were utterly devoted to the patriot cause."

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For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:15pm

The studio responsible for bizarre viral videos featuring 3-D animations of the news is more serious than you'd think. Go behind the scenes at the Taipei-based Next Media Animation to find out why this fast-moving — and controversial — company says it's charting the future of news.

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Book Review: 'The Guts,' By Roddy Doyle

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:00pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Roddy Doyle's latest novel, The Guts. The book revisits some of the characters from Doyle's debut hit, The Commitments.

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A New Look At George Eliot That's Surprisingly Approachable

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:00pm

Rebecca Mead was 17 the first time she read Eliot's Middlemarch, and the book has remained a favorite ever since. But critic Meg Wolitzer says you don't have to read (or re-read) Middlemarch to love Mead's new book, My Life in Middlemarch, which is a mash-up of literary criticism, memoir and biography of Eliot.

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Sandwich Monday: The White Castle Slider

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:57pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we eat the humble White Castle Slider. It was just named Time magazine's Most Influential Burger of All Time.

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Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:46am

Let's be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it's the first step toward a professional, legit operation.

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'Dear White People' A Hit At Sundance

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:28am

The Sundance Film Festival wrapped up this weekend. Host Michel Martin and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wesley Morris talk about some of the hits, including the satire Dear White People.

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Pharrell Williams And The Power Hat

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:16am

What does it mean when you wear a really unusual hat to the Grammy Awards? Well, a lot, actually.

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