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‘Erasing Death’ Explores The Science Of Resuscitation

What happens when we die? Wouldn’t we all like to know. We can’t bring people back from the dead to […]

Karen Russell’s ‘Vampires’ Deserve The Raves

I don’t have a good track record when it comes to raving about Karen Russell. Last year, along with my […]

This Music Is Bananas (Really)

Fresh produce has never been hipper. Need proof? Check out this video of Brooklyn-based songwriter-producer-artist extraordinaire Jonathan Dagan, better known […]

‘Argo’ Is The Best Picture Frontrunner, But Why?

Programming Note: Sunday night, we’ll be live-blogging the Academy Awards here at, and the Wait Wait … Don’t Tell […]

The Satisfactions Of Simplicity In ‘Jackal’s Share’

Chris Morgan Jones’ latest espionage novel, The Jackal’s Share, makes a reader appreciate the attractions of simplicity. There aren’t any […]

Book News: Even Mark Twain Has A Shirtless Picture On The Internet

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Open Culture dug up an old picture of […]

For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

Picture Rick’s smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln’s office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina […]

Home Video Review: ‘On The Waterfront’

Time again for a home-viewing recommendation from NPR movie critic Bob Mondello. Today, Bob suggests a tale of moral crisis […]

‘The Dinner’ Offers Food For Thought

Food doesn’t matter much in novels. Years will pass in a person’s life without a single description of a snack. […]

Voting Pinochet Out Was More Than Just A Yes Or ‘No’

These days politics and advertising go hand in hand. Mayors stage photo ops. The Bush administration compared the Iraq war […]

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