Set during Prohibition, Live by Night is Dennis Lehane's fast-paced chronicle of Joe Coughlin, son of a corrupt Boston police superintendent and self-described outlaw. The book follows Joe from his days as a small-time gangster in Boston through a hitch in prison, where he earns the friendship of an Italian mobster.
The best memoirs transcend the strictly personal. New York Times columnist Alex Witchel's book All Gone, about one of the hottest topics among baby boomers — caring for our aging parents — comes across as boomerish in a bad way: self-absorbed and immature, as if she's the first to suffer this sort of stress and loss.
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Alfredo Ramos Martinez painted Head of a Nun, tempera on newspaper, in 1934.
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres' untitled 1991 work consists of a stack of papers, each with a tiny excerpt from The New York Times printed in the center. Visitors are invited to take a piece of paper from the work home with them.
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In his 1912 collage Guitar, Sheet Music, and Glass, Pablo Picasso included a fragment of the French paper Le Journal.
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Marine Hugonnier's 2005 work, Art for Modern Architecture (Homage to Ellsworth Kelly), makes a collage of a week's worth of front pages and cutouts from an art book.
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In The Good News, Jim Hodges covers the Aug. 6, 2008, edition of a newspaper published in Amman, Jordan, in 24-carat gold.
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In his 1970 work Untitled (Diver), Paul Thek uses acrylic on newspaper. The newspaper buckles under the paint, making waves beneath the diver.
The print newspaper industry may be struggling, but newsprint is alive and well on the walls of a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show is called "Shock of the News" — and it examines a century's worth of interaction between artists and the journals of their day.
We've all encountered loose change, loose teeth, and certainly loose-fitting pants, but only a lucky few of us have encountered the Loose Meat Sandwich. It's an Iowa classic that's basically like a hamburger, except the patty doesn't hold together at all. We picked up a couple from Maid-Rite here in Chicago.
Mike: The meat pebbles make it so much easier to fatten up those hard to reach parts of the body.
Leah: I think you have to have baleen to eat this properly.
Journalist Robert Draper says the 27th Congressional District in South Texas looks like a Glock pistol. It's just one of several "funny shapes" you will see in states across the U.S. as a result of the redrawing of congressional boundaries — otherwise known as redistricting.
"These maps can be very, very fanciful — they're these kinds of impressionistic representations of the yearnings and deviousness of politics today," Draper tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.