Arts/Life http://krwg.org en Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause http://krwg.org/post/lovers-letters-president-harding-pushed-german-cause <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=Lover%27s+Letters+To+President+Harding+Pushed+German+Cause&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU2OTMxMDEyMjk5ODM2MzliZDc5NA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 71343 at http://krwg.org Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job http://krwg.org/post/dressing-t-rex-all-part-job <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=Dressing+Up+As+A+T-Rex+Is+All+Part+Of+The+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwODM4NDIzMDEzMjM4NzEyMDkwNThkNQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 71342 at http://krwg.org We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric http://krwg.org/post/we-can-be-heroes-some-glue-and-little-fabric The San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing — celebrating not just comics, but movies, TV, books, video games and really cool costumes. It's called cosplay: the art and science of dressing up like your favorite character.<p>I've got a confession to make. I'm a cosplayer myself, though without any sewing skills, my costumes are a little hacked together. Luckily for me, there are some truly fantastic sights out on the convention floor, like zombie Teletubbies or an army of Daenerys Targaryens (Daenerii?). And so many <em>Frozen</em> princesses I can't keep track. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 71329 at http://krwg.org We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue http://krwg.org/post/back-channel-turns-white-house-intrigue <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=%27Back+Channel%27+Turns+Up+White+House+Intrigue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71337 at http://krwg.org Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir http://krwg.org/post/plot-poison-famed-french-wine-makes-gripping-pinot-noir Romanée-Conti — a legendary French vineyard — produces one of the most elegant and extravagantly-priced wines in the world. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71327 at http://krwg.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets http://krwg.org/post/forget-fishing-boat-alaskans-scoop-salmon-dipnets Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.<p>Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets — and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.<p>Novena Registe sits on a cooler on the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River, relaxing in the sun after a long day of fishing. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71330 at http://krwg.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures http://krwg.org/post/silent-film-fans-make-some-noise-help-id-forgotten-treasures Deep in the archives of the Library of Congress' Culpeper, Va., film preservation center lie thousands of movies in cool, climate-controlled vaults. Hundreds are a century old or older, and unidentified. Their titles have been lost over the years and the library knows little about them, so it started inviting fans of early film to a yearly event called <a href="http://www.culpepertheatre.org/mostly-lost/" target="_blank">Mostly Lost</a> to help figure out what they are.<p>And you know what? Those fans are <em>rowdy</em>.<p>"It's Alaska! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 71328 at http://krwg.org Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business http://krwg.org/post/dueling-markets-show-native-american-art-big-business The 93rd annual <a href="http://www.swaia.org/">Santa Fe Indian Market</a> is only a month away. It's the biggest and best-known destination for Native artists and Native art collectors on the planet, and this year, it's got competition — a new event called the Indigenous Fine Arts Market.<p>Native American art and culture is big business. If you don't believe that, look no further than the controversial or illegal sides of the market. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:34:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 71325 at http://krwg.org Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y. http://krwg.org/post/not-my-job-we-ask-san-francisco-drag-queen-about-queens-ny Behind all the nerd billionaires and trendy restaurants in today's San Francisco, there is another city, where the most interesting people aren't wearing hoodies — they're wearing spike heels, glitter catsuits and fantastic hair.<p>We've invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called "Fuggedaboutit!" Three questions for a drag queen about Queens — that borough of New York City destined to be the next hipster capital now that Brooklyn is old news.<p><em>[And as promised, <a href="https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153025938489992&substory_index=0&id Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 71319 at http://krwg.org Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y. In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen http://krwg.org/post/which-colin-firth-debunks-some-myths-about-working-woody-allen In<em> Magic in the Moonlight</em>, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 NPR STAFF 71313 at http://krwg.org In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://krwg.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 71302 at http://krwg.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity http://krwg.org/post/fiction-explores-push-and-pull-arab-israeli-identity To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.<p>I'm not talking here about Palestinians who live in Gaza and the West Bank. I'm talking about Arabs who live inside the Green Line and vote in Israeli elections. Some even serve in Israel's military. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Molly Antopol 71303 at http://krwg.org Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man' http://krwg.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-leaves-indelible-bond-most-wanted-man <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=Philip+Seymour+Hoffman+Leaves+Indelible+Bond+In+%27Most+Wanted+Man%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 71287 at http://krwg.org 'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts http://krwg.org/post/lucy-hot-buttered-popcorn-plenty-nuts What would you do if you could access 100 percent of your brain's potential processing power? Reverse climate change? Pick up new languages while you sleep? Pay your rent on time? Invent an iPhone capable of making and receiving telephone calls?<p>More important: Would you savor the salty, crunchy, hot-buttered freshness of writer-director-mogul Luc Besson's wiggedy-wack but truly, madly deeply watchable thriller <em>Lucy</em> — a Ritalin-spiked pixy stick of a movie that pinches almost as much from <em>Tree of Life</em> as it does from <em>The Matrix</em> — even more? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Chris Klimek 71276 at http://krwg.org 'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss http://krwg.org/post/book-news-amazon-reports-big-quarterly-loss <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Amazon reported big second quarter losses Thursday and said the current period may be even worse. The company posted a quarter net loss of $126 million, or 27 cents a share, even though sales rose 23 percent. After Thursday's news, shares fell more than 10 percent in after-hours trading. As <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> points out, "The losses reflect Amazon's heavy investments in new businesses and services that some investors worry are stretching the Seattle company too thin. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 71265 at http://krwg.org Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune http://krwg.org/post/unknown-authors-make-living-self-publishing Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.<p>"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."<p>Weinberg says there is still a strong financial case to be made for publishing books the old-fashioned way, but there are now many well-known independent au Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 editor 71253 at http://krwg.org Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune It's Time For Comic-Con! http://krwg.org/post/its-time-comic-con <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=It%27s+Time+For+Comic-Con%21&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 71251 at http://krwg.org 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World http://krwg.org/post/most-wanted-man-parable-grounded-real-world Fittingly, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances is in a movie about role-playing. The masterly actor mutters and growls his way through <em>A Most Wanted Man</em> as a spy who's simultaneously fighting two losing wars: against the West's enemies as well as his own putative allies.<p>Further deepening the movie's ambiguity, the American actor plays a German in a story whose payoff is pungently anti-American.<p>Although set in Hamburg rather than London, this is familiar turf for John le Carre, whose 2008 novel is the movie's source. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Mark Jenkins 71240 at http://krwg.org 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World Revisiting An 'Endless Summer' http://krwg.org/post/revisiting-endless-summer "This is Bruce Brown, thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed my film."<p>That line, sounding a little like a proud eighth-grader closing out a book report he felt was particularly insightful, is the last piece of narration in the landmark 1964 surfing film <em>The Endless Summer </em>(which didn't receive its nationwide theatrical release until 1966). It's a little amateurish, eye-rollingly hokey, and yet irresistibly endearing in its aw-shucks wholesome sincerity. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 editor 71239 at http://krwg.org Revisiting An 'Endless Summer' Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas' http://krwg.org/post/maturity-and-improvisation-happy-christmas Reckless immaturity in young people is generally diagnosed across generations, most often by parents worried about their supposedly underachieving kids. That makes the premise of Joe Swanberg's <em>Happy Christmas</em> relatively refreshing, even as it covers well-known ground.<p>The film opens with Jeff (Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) preparing for the arrival of Jeff's sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), who is moving into their basement after breaking up with her boyfriend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 editor 71241 at http://krwg.org Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas' When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? http://krwg.org/post/when-it-comes-creativity-are-two-heads-better-one Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."<p>Take Steve Jobs: "Jobs created Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak," says Shenk. "Flash-forward to the end of his life, a lot of the great work at the height of Apple was done with this design guru, Jonathan Ive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 71220 at http://krwg.org When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? 'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You http://krwg.org/post/tigerman-will-get-its-claws-you How do you know when a book has hooked you? When it really gets you in the guts and won't let go?<p>When you can't stop telling people about it. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jason Sheehan 71222 at http://krwg.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://krwg.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 71208 at http://krwg.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story Film Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes http://krwg.org/post/film-review-dawn-planet-apes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>Jack Fields reviews: &nbsp;Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes</strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:25 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71201 at http://krwg.org How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore http://krwg.org/post/how-name-your-sequel-ii-not-just-roman-numerals-anymore Remember when movie companies just put Roman numerals at the end of titles when they made sequels? <em>Rocky II</em>, <em>Rocky III</em>, <em>Rocky IV</em>. Well, not anymore.<p>This summer, we've had <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em>, with no mention that it's either the sixth or seventh X-Men movie, depending on how you're counting. Also <em>22 Jump Street</em>, the across-the-street follow-up to <em>21 Jump Street</em>. And <em>Begin Again</em> (which ought to be a sequel, but isn't).<p>Do you suppose they stopped numbering sequels so we wouldn't do the math? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 71202 at http://krwg.org How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore Random Questions With: Andy Serkis http://krwg.org/post/random-questions-andy-serkis Andy Serkis is a renowned actor, but you may not recognize his face. The most famous of his roles include the "ring-junkie" Gollum in <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> films and Caesar in <em>Rise of the Planet of the Apes</em> and this summer's <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>. Serkis disappears completely into his characters, thanks to performance capture technology that films his face and body movements, and translates them to digitally created avatars. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 71190 at http://krwg.org Random Questions With: Andy Serkis How To Succeed At Trivia http://krwg.org/post/how-succeed-trivia Is listening to our show the secret to succeeding at trivia games? And how! In this quiz, the answers are common phrases and titles that begin with "how," such as <em>How I Met Your Mother</em>.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 71192 at http://krwg.org Fair-Weather Friends http://krwg.org/post/fair-weather-friends There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 71188 at http://krwg.org Place That Band http://krwg.org/post/place-band Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></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=Place+That+Band&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNDE5MTcxMDEyMTgwMzY4Njc5YmU4NQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 71189 at http://krwg.org The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World http://krwg.org/post/most-unusual-tea-shop-world At the <em>Ask Me Another</em> tea shop, we don't sell chai, but we do have tea that encourages faith and devotion: "loyal-tea." That's because all answers in this game sound like "tea." Share a cup with us!<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 71191 at http://krwg.org