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.]
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:12 pm
For this year's Best Books of the Year list, I reject the tyranny of the decimal system. Some years it's simply more than 10. Here, then, are my top 12 books of 2014. All of the disparate books on my list contain characters, scenes or voices that linger long past the last page of their stories. In fact, The Empire of Necessity by Greg Grandin, which is my pick for Book of the Year, came out in January and I haven't stopped thinking about it since.
Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:57 am
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.
Apple is sliding back under the judicial microscope Monday in a legal challenge that could bear big implications for the e-book market. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is slated to hear the company's appeal of a verdict that found it guilty of violating antitrust law.
When it comes to the perfect holiday sweater, for many people, cheesy is good â tacky is better â and astonishingly ugly is best of all.
The demand for ugly holiday sweaters has reached such a height that it's changed how businesses stock for the season, as Eleanor Klibanoff reported for us on Weekend Edition Saturday. Wal-Mart and Kohl's sell new "vintage" ugly sweaters, and actual vintage stores have had to start searching for new stock to sell.