Arts

Fine Art
10:45 am
Sun October 12, 2014

On The National Mall, An American Portrait In Sand And Soil

The face in Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's larger-than-life portrait is a composite of photos the artist took of young men from many racial backgrounds.
Tami Heilemann Department of the Interior

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

Last month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., trucks pulled up bearing thousands of tons of dark topsoil and sand. Volunteers arrived with shovels and rakes. Following an artist's instructions and guided by satellite coordinates, they laid out a design across 6 acres to create a work commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

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Movies
7:34 am
Sun October 12, 2014

From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

Actor Denzel Washington (center) is flanked by Jihmi Kennedy (left) and Morgan Freeman in the 1989 film Glory, a turning point in Hollywood's representations of the Civil War.
AP

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

Movies about the Civil War are almost always problematic. They're long and boring, or they're slanted, or they leave out a huge part of the story. A new movie about the Battle of New Market in 1864 has its own set of problems.

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Author Interviews
7:34 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Book Offers A Get-Wit-Quick Workout

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Ari Shapiro. What do Jay-Z, Oscar Wilde and Cary Grant have in common? According to the author Benjamin Errett, they all possessed extraordinary wit. His new book asks how they got that way.

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Author Interviews
7:34 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Neil Young Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

It may be the biggest rock 'n roll cliche there is - a love of cars and women.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIT THE ROAD")

NEIL YOUNG: (Singing) She looks so beautiful with her top down. Let's jump inside, and take a trip to town.

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Book Reviews
6:07 am
Sun October 12, 2014

The Feathery Saga Of A 'Sucker For Unwanted Birds'

Pandemonium Aviaries

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 1:43 pm

Did you know that the collective noun for a flock of parrots — akin to, say, a pride of lions — is a pandemonium? Apparently, Michele Raffin didn't know that either when she founded Pandemonium Aviaries — named instead for the chaotic, noisy nature of her "petulant psittacines" and "feathered vaudevillians." The apt name is characteristic of the serendiptious nature of what has turned out to be her life calling.

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