Arts & Life

6:08am

Fri December 28, 2012
Arts & Life

Let's Double Down On A Superstorm Of Malarkey: Picking 2012's Word Of The Year

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:26 pm

Selfie, one of the candidates for 2012's Word of the Year, means a self-portrait photograph, usually posted to a social networking site.
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There is a major decision coming up that will truly define the year 2012. Yes, it's almost time for the American Dialect Society to once again vote on the Word of the Year. Will it be selfie? Hate-watching? Superstorm? Double down? Fiscal cliff? Or (shudder) YOLO?

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4:37am

Fri December 28, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Book Of Gin' Distills A Spirited History

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 11:56 am

Workers pose for a photo at the Hoboken de Bie & Co. gin distillery in Rotterdam, Netherlands, circa 1900. By the end of the 19th century, cocktail culture had helped make gin a more respectable spirit.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Unlike a good martini, the story of gin isn't smooth; it's long, complex, sordid and, as Richard Barnett has discovered, it makes for tantalizing material. Barnett's newly published The Book of Gin traces the liquor's life, from its beginnings in alchemy to its current popularity among boutique distillers.

Barnett joins NPR's Renee Montagne to discuss the medicinal origins and changing reputation of gin.


Interview Highlights

On gin's medicinal origins

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4:37am

Fri December 28, 2012
Author Interviews

Tamari Greens, Miso Yams: Chef Gives Vegans Multicultural Flavor

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:18 pm

Jennifer Martiné Da Capo Lifelong Books

Veganism has long been thought of as a bland, fringe diet typically associated with hippies or trend-setting Hollywood types. But chef Bryant Terry is trying to chip away at that stereotype.

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1:25am

Fri December 28, 2012
StoryCorps

Decades Later, Student Finds Teacher To Say 'Thank You'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:45 am

John Cruitt reunited with his third-grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, to tell her about the impact she had on him as he coped with his mother's death.
StoryCorps

John Cruitt, 62, spent decades tracking down his third-grade teacher.

He wanted to talk with Cecile Doyle about 1958 — the year his mother, who was seriously ill with multiple sclerosis, passed away.

Her death came just days before Christmas. Cruitt had been expecting to go home from school and decorate the Christmas tree.

"But I walked into the living room, and my aunt was there, and she said, 'Well, honey, Mommy passed away this morning.' "

Cruitt remembers seeing his teacher, Doyle, at his mother's wake.

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2:56pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Books

Margaret Atwood's Brave New World Of Online Publishing

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 7:40 pm

Margaret Atwood has written 13 novels, including The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake.
George Whiteside

If you're a Margaret Atwood fan — and you've got some spare change under the couch cushions — just a few dollars will get you a stand-alone episode of the new novel she's writing in serial form.

It's called Positron, and Atwood is publishing it on Byliner, a website launched last year that's one of many new sites billing themselves as platforms for writers.

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