Daniel Menaker rose through the ranks at The New Yorker to become the fiction editor, and later became editor in chief at Random House. He joins host Rachel Martin to talk about his new memior, My Mistake, which describes a childhood incident that resulted in the death of his brother.
Boredom in the immobility of a quadriplegic. Ennui in a Manhattan high-rise cubicle. Monotony in the slow-moving life of a writer. Said Sayrafiezadeh takes a look at everyday drudgery, highlighting three great memoirs that found inspiration in dullness. Life can be boring, he says, but books offer a way out — whether we're reading or writing them.
After years of cooking and eating the same pumpkin pies, stuffing and green bean casseroles, you might be in a Thanksgiving slump. Veteran restaurant critic Patricia Wells has a few recipes — including a spicy pumpkin soup and "intense" chocolate custards — to put a French twist on the holiday.
Writer Nicholas Dawidoff spent a year living with the New York Jets and came away with a respect for players and coaches that not all fans will like. NPR's Mike Pesca says Dawidoff's new book, Collison Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, demystifies the game as it entrances.
After a fierce bidding war, FX spinoff cable network FXX won the rights to make all seasons of TV's longest-running scripted show, The Simpsons, available for online streaming. It may be the largest TV syndication deal ever. Anthony Breznican, a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, says the deal shows how networks are trying to capitalize on the "binge watching" trend. The deal gives FXX the right to air more than 500 episodes of The Simpsons, now in its 25th season on Fox.
When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon.
Anselm Kiefer, a major figure in post-World War II German art, depicts war and its aftermath in his paintings and sculptures. Kiefer has pieces in many major collections, and now he's one of only two artists to have a dedicated building at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Archaeologists have discovered the oldest wine cellar known, and the personal stash was massive. It once stored enough vino to fill a hot tub. But these Bronze Age winemakers weren't just fermenting plain-old wine. They also got creative, infusing it with herbs and spices.
The Senate passed a major rules change Thursday that allows a simple majority instead of a super majority on Presidential nominations. One popular interpretation of the action is that it's the result of a failure by the country's politicians to work within the system. This week's Must Read, Master of the Senate by Robert Caro, left writer Drew Toal feeling that the system isn't actually broken.
With the invocation of the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats moved to limit the power of the filibuster and dramatically change the nature of the institution. Many — on both sides — point to the maneuver as a sign of the system's failure. Writers Drew Toal and Kate Tuttle suggest books that might offer hope for us yet.
The days of mystery meat are far from over in the nation's school cafeterias. That's judging by an online project assembling thousands of photos of school lunches submitted by students from across the nation. But it's not all bad news: The images also show that in some cafeterias, change has already arrived.