What's The Difference Between A Curry House And An Indian Restaurant?

NPR Arts - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 05:00

The chicken tikka masala and Anglicized korma at most British curry houses are unrecognizable to many Indians. Now a new wave of Indian restaurants is focusing on their food's provenance and history.

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The 2017 NPR Book Concierge: Get Your Read On

NPR Books - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:17

NPR launches its 2017 Book Concierge on Tuesday, pulling together a year's worth of favorite reads from staff and critics. NPR Books editor Petra Mayer talks about some of this year's selections.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

NPR Books - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:00

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

NPR Arts - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:00

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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Library for Kids Goes Online

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:38

The Internet Archive and the University of Maryland launch such a library, and it's free to anyone with an Internet connection. Kids helped design the library, and they had final say on the books.

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'House Of Cards' Will Get One More Season — Starring Robin Wright

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:49

Netflix suspended production of the final season after star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment and assault. Now it says the show will finish with eight episodes sans Frank Underwood.

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Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

Amazon's new series centers on a spurned 1950s housewife who has a knack for stand-up comedy. Critic John Powers says Rachel Brosnahan delivers a "genuinely funny performance" in the title role.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

NPR Books - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

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Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

NPR Books - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

Categories: Literary & Art News

Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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Kennedy Center Celebrates Latest Honorees, But Without The First Family

NPR Arts - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 02:14

Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, Norman Lear and dancer Carmen De Lavallade are this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. Not present, the president and first lady.

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

NPR Books - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 05:08

Author Gregory Maguire made his name re-writing fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 05:08

Author Gregory Maguire made his name re-writing fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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Breaking The Bubble Of Food Writing: Cultivating Diverse Stories

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 05:00

The world of food is vast, but we tend to hear about the same cuisines over and over again. So how do we tip the scales in favor of more diversity among food writers?

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In 'Bombshell,' The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:58

In Alexandra Dean's new documentary, the stunning silver-screen beauty of the 1930s and '40s is also the inventor of a technology that makes today's wireless encryption possible.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

NPR Books - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:00

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

NPR Arts - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:00

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 07:00

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 07:00

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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