Arts & Culture

Kitchen Window
6:42 am
Wed September 26, 2012

A Roll For All Seasons, Wrapped In Rice Paper

T. Susan Chang for NPR

It all started several months ago, when I was fishing around for something not-too-unhealthy for lunch. Spring was over — the once-tender lettuces now milky-hearted and stiff-leaved — and I was bored with salad. I love sandwiches, but every time I gorged on bread I stepped a little heavier onto the scale. "If you're going to eat constantly," I said to myself, knowing that I would, "you simply can't afford to pack on that many carbs at a time."

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My Guilty Pleasure
6:03 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Bad Sheriff: Murder, Lies And Southern Fried Catfish

Stephen Marche's latest book is How Shakespeare Changed Everything.

Just as the fanciest chefs will happily eat simple cheese and toast so long as it's prepared properly, literary writers will happily read genre fiction, as long as it's prepared properly. And the best preparer of hard-boiled crime fiction, or at least my favorite, was Jim Thompson. Though he was the pulpiest of pulp writers, he was also the densest and most intense and most complicated. His cheese on toast is like melted Gruyere over crusty fresh baguette.

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New In Paperback
6:03 am
Wed September 26, 2012

New In Paperback Sept. 24-30

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:48 am

Nonfiction releases from Condoleezza Rice, Michael Lewis, Thant Myint-U, Michael Moore and Toni Morrison.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Pratchett Leaves Discworld For London In 'Dodger'


Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:20 am

In 2011, NPR's Morning Edition interviewed fantasy author Terry Pratchett about becoming a legalized-suicide advocate in his native England, after his diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer's.

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5:10 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

CNN Defends Reporting On Slain Ambassador's Diary

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in an attack against the American consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11. CNN recovered Stevens' diary in the ruins of the consulate and used it in its reporting without obtaining consent from his family.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 12:16 am

CNN is defending itself against accusations from the U.S. State Department that it trampled on the wishes of the family of the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya in reporting on his fears of a terrorist attack before his death.

The criticism stemmed from CNN's discovery and use of the late Chris Stevens' personal journal to pursue its reporting about his concerns over security in Benghazi, Libya. A top State Department official, Philippe Reines, called CNN's actions "indefensible" and "disgusting," saying the network had broken its promises to the dead ambassador's family.

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