Arts & Life

1:23am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Salt

At Burmese Dissident's Cafe, A Taste Of Politics And Salad

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:53 am

Myat Thu, who owns the Aiya restaurant, takes a break at the bar with his chef Ney Minn. They both grew up in the Burmese capital, Rangoon.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Early in life, Myat Thu knew that his destiny as a cook lay in salads. Not the light, leafy green salads that are so common in American restaurants, but heavy, hearty Burmese salads.

Myat Thu grew up in Burma, also known as Myanmar. He was just 14 when his mother placed him in charge of making dinner. Unsure of what to prepare, he studied the salad vendors on the streets of Rangoon.

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2:06pm

Sun November 18, 2012
Author Interviews

A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 8:29 am

A Man Of Misconceptions by John Glassie.
Riverhead Hardcover

Back in the 17th century, right around the time when the ideas of great thinkers like Descartes and Newton and Hobbes began to shape the world, a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher also tried to make his mark.

Kircher was something of a jack-of-all-trades. He wrote more than 30 books; he was a philosopher, an inventor, a historian, a scientist. Back in his day, everyone knew about him. But it didn't help his reputation that many of his theories and inventions just couldn't hold water.

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11:56am

Sun November 18, 2012
Movies

Kids Prove They're No Pawns In 'Brooklyn Castle'

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 5:23 am

The pint-sized pros of I.S. 318 are kings of the chess board (and have the trophies to prove it).
Producers Distribution Agency

There's a public middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y., called Intermediate School 318, or I.S. 318. Like others in the area, it's a Title I school, which means it has a poverty level that's more than 65 percent. But unlike other schools, it's got the highest-ranked junior-high chess team in the nation. In fact, Brooklyn IS 3-18 has won more than 30 national chess titles.

I.S. 318 is the subject of a new documentary called Brooklyn Castle. The film has picked up audience awards at the SXSW and Hot Docs film festivals.

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10:59am

Sun November 18, 2012
Books News & Features

Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 3:53 pm

Craig Small via Vimeo

Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey's Paw used-book store in Toronto, had an idea.

He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — "old and unusual" all, as the store's motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register.

It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine.

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6:16am

Sun November 18, 2012
Food

Put A Little Soul In That Thanksgiving Stuffing

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 1:48 pm

iStockphoto.com

Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor.

Soul food conjures up thoughts of rich dishes full of butter or gravy — comfort foods. But soul food comes out of one of America's darkest chapters. Chef Melba Wilson, owner of Melba's Restaurant and Melba's 125 in Harlem, N.Y., explains that the basis of the cooking comes from the food slave owners gave to slaves.

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