Arts/Life http://krwg.org en Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man' http://krwg.org/post/doing-hard-work-becoming-real-man Here is something I wish I'd been taught when I was still a limp-wristed little boy: Any man who says that the performance of red-blooded masculinity comes naturally and is easy to pull off is either lying to you, or worse, himself. Being a man, or, constructing manhood is damn hard work.<p>Some of us just give up and eventually settle into an easier, more breathable version of ourselves. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Saeed Jones 73798 at http://krwg.org Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man' After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall http://krwg.org/post/after-ho-hum-summer-hollywood-ramps-fall <em>Note: There are 26 films in the on-air version of this story — but here are three favorites.</em><p>Hollywood hauled out Apes, Transformers, and X-Men and still had a humdrum summer at the box office. For the first time in years, no summer blockbuster has managed to crack the $300 million barrier at the North American box office. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 73772 at http://krwg.org After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying http://krwg.org/post/author-charles-cumming-ponders-seductions-and-sins-spying If you were making a movie about the world of British espionage, you'd want to cast someone like Charles Cumming as your undercover agent. He's tall and handsome and self-assured and utterly charming in that self-deprecating British way. You can imagine him effortlessly gliding through the small talk of embassy parties or sweeping a gullible female officer off her feet — in service of Queen and country, of course. In other words, it's easy to be seduced by him.<p>And seduction is what it's all about, according to Cumming — who is, in fact, a best-selling author of spy novels. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Madhulika Sikka 73768 at http://krwg.org Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying MK Asante's Poem 'In Summer' Honors Paul Laurence Dunbar http://krwg.org/post/mk-asantes-poem-summer-honors-paul-laurence-dunbar <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=MK+Asante%27s+Poem+%27In+Summer%27+Honors+Paul+Laurence+Dunbar&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All this summer on MORNING EDITION, we've been asking poets to read work that evokes this season.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This next poem is by Paul Laurence Dunbar. He was an African-American poet who died in 1906. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:29:00 +0000 editor 73759 at http://krwg.org Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' http://krwg.org/post/ghanaian-mystery-writer-says-its-easy-get-murdered-accra White egrets swoop down on the Agbogbloshie Canal and stoop to pick at mounds of filth and trash in search of food. The clogged and stinky waterway dominates Agbogbloshie, the main shantytown in Accra, Ghana's capital city. You wonder how the birds manage to maintain white feathers as they wade in the putrid, muddy water.<p>The stench of that water puts off Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, the protagonist of writer Kwei Quartey's murder mysteries set in Ghana. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 73753 at http://krwg.org Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War http://krwg.org/post/thousand-mirrors-shows-two-views-one-long-brutal-war It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.<p>Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:21:00 +0000 NPR Staff 73742 at http://krwg.org 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory http://krwg.org/post/fast-talking-21-year-old-makes-winning-bid-auctioneer-glory <em>As part of a series called "My Big Break,"</em><em> </em>All Things Considered<em> </em><em>is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.</em><p>When Blaine Lotz fires off prices from the auction block, the first thing you might notice is the lightning-fast speed of his words. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:40:00 +0000 editor 73739 at http://krwg.org Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory Native American Artists Reclaim Images That Represent Them http://krwg.org/post/native-american-artists-reclaim-images-represent-them There's been a lot of discussion about the name of a certain Washington football team — with <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/redskins-defend-name-ask-federal-court-to-overturn-trademark-decision/2014/08/14/3f05b76e-2189-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html">lawsuits</a> arguing that it is disparaging, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/08/25/343202344/which-outlets-arent-calling-the-redskins-the-redskins-a-short-history">media outlets choosing not to use it in their content</a>.<p>But while the debates around the language are raging, the logo — also a part of the t Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 73728 at http://krwg.org Native American Artists Reclaim Images That Represent Them The Same Until You Shuffle http://krwg.org/post/same-until-you-shuffle <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer this week is a made-up two-word phrase, in which both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.<p>Example: Identical line where two pieces of fabric are sewn together = SAME SEAM<p><strong>Last week's challenge</strong><strong>:</strong> Name a world leader of the 1960s (two words). Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 73711 at http://krwg.org The Same Until You Shuffle This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel http://krwg.org/post/time-its-personal-lee-child-writes-his-19th-jack-reacher-novel As Lee Child writes new installments in his Jack Reacher series, he thinks back to something his father said: When it came to books and films, "he would say he wanted the same but different," Child tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer. And that, for Child, is the fun and the challenge of it all.<p><em>Personal </em>is his 19th novel starring Jack Reacher, the retired U.S. military policeman who puts his folding toothbrush in his shirt pocket and boards a bus to wherever that bus is going.<p>Reacher roams the country and along the way, saves lives, solves problems and thrashes the bad guys. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 editor 73712 at http://krwg.org This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics? http://krwg.org/post/rescuing-science-military-comics Pouty lips, flowing hair and ... oligonucleotide synthesizers? Two of these things don't seem to belong — at least, not in a comic that seeks to expose high-level Defense Department research to the critical light of day. Human physicality seems somehow out of place in the sterile confines of a government lab.<p>Comic creator Matt Hawkins has a different view. With <em>Think Tank</em>, collected here in a three-volume box set, he hopes his sexy characters will help bring some of the government's most complex and sinister projects to the attention of a broad audience. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Etelka Lehoczky 73709 at http://krwg.org 'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks' http://krwg.org/post/why-not-david-mitchell-mixing-fantasy-and-reality-bone-clocks <em>The Bone Clocks</em> is David Mitchell's newest book — he's best known for 2004's <em>Cloud Atlas</em>, which was made into a movie with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Mitchell's many fans have been eagerly waiting for this new one, hoping it would present the same kind of fascinating puzzles as <em>Cloud Atlas</em>, which featured a very complicated set of nesting plots.<p>But Mitchell's done something different in this book — building it around one character that we follow for several decades: Holly Sykes. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:20:00 +0000 editor 73707 at http://krwg.org 'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks' The Other Rock History http://krwg.org/post/other-rock-history <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUdmLXq695E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vktyEV1yrCk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0TJhKaVMqg</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:48:00 +0000 editor 73703 at http://krwg.org The Other Rock History When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark http://krwg.org/post/when-wildlife-documentaries-jump-shark This summer's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel was the highest-rated in the special's 27-year history. But that success has also brought complaints.<p>The network has been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with "documentaries" that advance dubious theories — or are entirely fake. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:37:00 +0000 editor 73704 at http://krwg.org When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon http://krwg.org/post/travelling-books-vintage-van-carries-literature-around-lisbon You're probably well-acquainted with the idea of the food van. The more sartorially minded may have even visited a <a href="http://www.ozy.com/good-sht/truck-boutique-fashion-shop-of-your-dreams/32061.article">fashion truck</a>. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 73691 at http://krwg.org Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S. http://krwg.org/post/syrian-artists-denied-visas-and-voice-us <em>The Trojan Women</em>, by Euripides, is a Greek tragedy written 2,500 years ago that war keeps timely.<p>It's about a group of women who struggle to survive in Troy after the town has been sacked. When one of the women cries out, "Our country, our conquered country, perishes ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Scott Simon 73679 at http://krwg.org Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S. The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe http://krwg.org/post/abercrombie-logo-loses-its-luxe <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Abercrombie+Logo+Loses+Its+Luxe&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Abercrombie & Fitch is ditching its traditional logo - that insignia the clothes it appeared on made the brand one of the most popular for young people in the past few decades. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:00 +0000 editor 73671 at http://krwg.org If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories' http://krwg.org/post/if-these-shorts-could-talk-new-book-tells-worn-stories Clothes may not necessarily make the man, but they sure make memories. In her new book, <em>Worn Stories</em>, Emily Spivack compiles reflections from Rosanne Cash, Piper Kerman, Marcus Samuelsson and others about the meaningful articles of clothing stored in their closets.<p>"I asked them to look for something that they couldn't part with," she tells NPR's Scott Simon. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:31:00 +0000 editor 73670 at http://krwg.org If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories' Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar http://krwg.org/post/hopscotching-100-appreciation-julio-cort-zar First thing I noticed on the cover was his mouth, which was half open, midlaugh. Next, his teeth; not the best set I'd ever seen. After that, of course, his pronounced unibrow — thick and equally unbecoming. There was the cat, too, posted on the windowsill. Its eyes were dead set on the playful man with the camera and the mouth and the teeth and bushy eyebrow. All this and the words <em>Save Twilight</em>. I thumbed through the little book some and paid for it — cost me about a dollar at the used book shop. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Juan Vidal 73672 at http://krwg.org Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature http://krwg.org/post/hip-hop-print-brooklyn-publisher-looks-reverse-gentrify-literature At this summer's Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, thousands turned up for readings by big-name authors: Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith and Albert Johnson. Odds are the name Albert Johnson doesn't ring a bell. But if you're a hip-hop fan, you might recognize the author by another name: Prodigy. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 73667 at http://krwg.org Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature Not My Job: Gov. Deval Patrick Gets Quizzed On Burning Man http://krwg.org/post/not-my-job-gov-deval-patrick-gets-quizzed-burning-man Deval Patrick was elected governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2006. He's finishing his second and final term, and he clearly no longer cares because he's agreed to join us to play our quiz.<p>We've invited him to answer three questions about Burning Man, the annual art festival/hippie magnet taking place in the desert of northern Nevada. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:33:00 +0000 editor 73664 at http://krwg.org Not My Job: Gov. Deval Patrick Gets Quizzed On Burning Man In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety http://krwg.org/post/earthquake-history-fuels-one-writers-anxiety While most of America is thinking burgers and swimming this Labor Day weekend, I can't stop thinking about earthquakes. <br /> <br />Last Sunday, a shaker registering magnitude 6.0 struck the Napa Valley in Northern California. It injured dozens and caused about $1 billion in damages. National media coverage focused on how the quake affected the area's famous wine industry — because America needs to know that our stock of cabs and zinfandels is safe.<br /> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:12:00 +0000 editor 73640 at http://krwg.org In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety Cantinflas, With His Puns And Satire, Is Back (And Still Relevant) http://krwg.org/post/new-biopic-returns-beloved-mexican-icon-big-screen <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-7Zg0l6NKk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCVT6D3Th0M</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jasmine Garsd 73641 at http://krwg.org Cantinflas, With His Puns And Satire, Is Back (And Still Relevant) Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State http://krwg.org/post/florida-grown-fiction-hiaasen-satirizes-sunshine-state-0 Novelist and <em>Miami Herald</em> columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion and purpose about the state he loves. His latest book, <em>Bad Monkey,</em> is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West.<p><em>Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Florida-Grown+Fiction%3A+Hiaasen+Satirizes+The+Sunshine+State&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:14:00 +0000 editor 73628 at http://krwg.org John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It http://krwg.org/post/john-waters-hitchhikes-across-america-and-lives-write-about-it-0 The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book <em>Carsick.</em> He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.<p><em>Originally broadcast June 10.</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:14:00 +0000 editor 73629 at http://krwg.org Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In 'The November Man' http://krwg.org/post/not-quite-bond-pierce-brosnan-back-action-november-man Sean Connery was 53 when he downed his last vodka martini as James Bond (though he'd previously walked away from the role and been lured back twice). Roger Moore was 57 at the time of his last mission on Her Majesty's Secret Service (though he didn't look a day over 90). Pierce Brosnan was a spry 49 in his final Bonding session, and his departure was bittersweet: He'd started later than he'd wanted, almost a decade after he was first announced as Moore's successor in the mid-80s. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:45:00 +0000 editor 73625 at http://krwg.org A Photographer Captures The Often-Overlooked 'Aunty' Couture http://krwg.org/post/photographer-captures-often-overlooked-aunty-couture "Ugh, she dresses like SUCH an aunty!" is usually not something you'd want to hear about your style, if you're South Asian.<p>An "aunty" or "aunty-ji" (depending on where you want to fall on the graph of respect and familiarity) is what you call a lady roughly around your mother's age. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:42:00 +0000 editor 73614 at http://krwg.org A Photographer Captures The Often-Overlooked 'Aunty' Couture Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book http://krwg.org/post/book-news-born-write-bruce-springsteen-publish-childrens-book <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Bruce Springsteen is writing a children's book about a bank-robbing baby called <em>Outlaw Pete</em>, based on his song of the same name. "<em>Outlaw Pete</em> is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," Springsteen said in a statement. The song "Outlaw Pete" was inspired by the 1950 children's book <em>Brave Cowboy Bill</em>. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 73610 at http://krwg.org Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On http://krwg.org/post/weekend-musher-finds-dogs-keep-her-hanging <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Weekend+Musher+Finds+Dogs+Keep+Her+Hanging+On&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We've been talking with people about their hobbies. It's a reminder that a person's professional life is not the full picture. We call the series "Alter Egos." And today, we hear from Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 73600 at http://krwg.org What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? http://krwg.org/post/whats-writer-gotta-do-get-little-health-care-around-here In my teens, I stumbled onto the wide trail of "the writer's bildungsroman," the coming-of-age stories that often gave me too much to identify with. That whispered clear messages while I slept and while I tried to imagine a life far, far outside the heat and farmlands of where I grew up.<p>Why I so readily identified with J.G. Ballard in a Japanese prison camp in <em>Empire of the Sun,</em> or A.E. Hotchner on the streets of Depression-era St. Louis in <em>King of the Hill,</em> I couldn't have told you at the time. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Domingo Martinez 73592 at http://krwg.org What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?