Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:41 am
Performing live comedy is like "a series of little scientific experiments," says John Cleese. "When you do comedy in front of an audience, they are the ones who tell you whether it's funny or not," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, and each subsequent night on stage is an experiment in making jokes land better than the night before.
Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:29 am
Wander into any bar in Spain, order a drink, and the waiter will very likely hand you free tapas. Very often it's some type of pork â€” jamÃ³n (ham), chorizo (spicy sausage) or panceta (cured bacon). You could say this country is obsessed with cured pork products. People joke that even vegetarians in Spain eat jamÃ³n.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:33 am
American painter Richard Estes has made a career out of fooling the eye. His canvases look like photographs â€” but they're not.
"You can't see my paintings in reproduction," the 82-year-old artist says. That's because, in reproduction, the paintings â€” especially his New York cityscapes from the late 1960s â€” look like photos. He's called a photo-realist, or hyper-realist â€” an intense observer of the built environment. But he doesn't paint the view from his apartment window.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:16 pm
As The Conversation About Serial reaches a fever pitch in certain circles, those of us behind Code Switch and Monkey See have been talking quite a bit about the show. You can read Matt Thompson's initial entry in this conversation here.
Below is the second part of our exchange, from Code Switch blogger Gene Demby.
Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:51 pm
[Today's post comes to you from Dan Pashman, a friend of Sandwich Monday. You may know him from his spots on Weekend Edition; his WNYC podcast, The Sporkful; his book, Eat More Better; or the time he stole a piece of your sausage when you weren't looking.]