Arts

Summer of Love
10:03 am
Sat August 15, 2015

Love Lines: A Summer Sampler Of Romantic Manga

Romance comes in many forms — and never so many as in manga. Let loose in the black-and-white planes of comic-book reality, an army of creators has envisioned every schmooptastic scenario imaginable. But even setting aside certain extremes (Male pregnancy? A guy whose true love gets miniaturized and stuck to his forearm?) it's still a daunting field. Where's a reader to start? Why, right here.

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Television
7:43 am
Sat August 15, 2015

HBO's 'Hero' Tells A Slow Story In Too Many Hours

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 10:36 am

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Architecture
7:43 am
Sat August 15, 2015

People Love Art Museums — But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant?

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring stares back at cellphones at the Frick Collection in New York City. "The art museum used to offer objects, works of art, the finest that we have," Lewis says. "And it's gone from offering objects to offering an experience."
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 9:39 am

How much is a visible work of genius worth? In May, a 1955 painting by Pablo Picasso was sold at auction for more than $179 million, the highest price at auction ever. And attendance at major art museums is booming.

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Author Interviews
7:43 am
Sat August 15, 2015

Dealing With Freedom — And Disaster — In 'Fortune Smiles'

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 10:36 am

Adam Johnson won the 2013 Pultizer Prize for his bestselling novel, The Orphan Master's Son, set in the nightmare state of North Korea. This summer, he has come out with a collection of short stories, set in locales that range from California to East Germany to a techno-dreamlike South Korea.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Sat August 15, 2015

The Blazing World Of Clarice Lispector, In 'Complete Stories'

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 11:06 am

In 1948, Clarice Lispector wrote a moving letter to her sister Tania, offering some pointed advice: "Have the courage to transform yourself," she wrote, "to do what you desire." It's a fairly simple exhortation, and yet I wonder how many people can't manage it, how many squander their entire lives, their deep wants and ambitions on the altar of fear and uncertainty. Lispector herself was determined not to be one of them.

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The Salt
7:03 am
Sat August 15, 2015

Canada's Historical Fare Reimagined For The Modern Diner

This dish — mussels smoked in pine needles and pine ash butter — was inspired by a 1605 recipe that the explorer Samuel de Champlain made for his men while traveling through Canada. It's one of many historically inspired items on the menu at the Toronto restaurant Boralia.
Courtesy of Nick Merzetti

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 11:59 pm

A server at Boralia lifts the foggy glass dome over a dish of briny mussels, releasing the smoky essence of pine and campfire. According to Evelyn Wu, co-owner of this Toronto restaurant, the dish dates back to 1605, and is based on a recipe that French-born explorer Samuel de Champlain made for his men while traveling in Canada.

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Movie Interviews
5:30 am
Sat August 15, 2015

'60s Spies Hit The Big Screen, With Guy Ritchie Flair

Henry Cavill (left) and Armie Hammer star as CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin in Guy Ritchie's reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Daniel Smith Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 11:19 am

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin have enjoyed lengthy careers — especially for men in a business as dangerous as spying.

The American and Soviet CIA agents had a wildly popular run on TV in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in the '60s. But long after the show came off the air, Solo and Kuryakin bantered on — in a handful of movies, dozens of books, a few comics, countless reruns and the popular imagination.

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Performing Arts
5:27 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Laura Dreyfuss plays Zoe, Connor's bereaved sister, and Ben Platt is Evan in Dear Evan Hansen.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of Arena Stage

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:08 pm

An anxious, awkward teenager, social media, suicide. These are the themes at play in a new musical at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production has garnered praise from both the New York Times ("sweet, sad and quite moving") and the Washington Post (which said it "radiates charm and wit)." They're not the only ones buzzing about it — this play about human behavior in the digital age will head to New York's Second Stage Theater next spring.

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Commentary
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Letters: Greek Migrants, Summer Movies

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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Muslim Artists, Now
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Muslim Feminists Rewrite Boundaries On The Street And At Home

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:39 pm

When writer Mona Eltahawy was 15 her family moved to Saudi Arabia from the UK. It was a shock. Suddenly her highly educated mother could not drive or go anywhere unless accompanied by a man. Boys and girls lived segregated lives and it seemed to Eltahawy that women were considered the walking embodiment of sin. She found her refuge in reading and eventually discovered the writing of Muslim feminists.

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