Arts & Life


Wed October 31, 2012
The Salt

The Truth About Nepal's Blood-Drinking Festivals

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 1:44 pm

Yaks roam the hills in the Mustang District, in Nepal's Dhaulagiri Zone. Every day during the annual blood-drinking festival, attendees wait and watch for the yaks. Only male yaks are bled.
Jana Asenbrennerova

"Blood-drinking festival." Reading those words, it's hard not to get either creeped out or curious — especially around Halloween.

I opted for curiosity. Which is how I discovered photojournalist Jana Asenbrennerova's stunning photo essay on an obscure custom that takes place each year in the remote, mist-wrapped highlands of Nepal. These festivals are actually a reflection of the complex relationship that Nepal's Buddhists have with eating meat.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Monster Factory

Reinventing What’s Scary: Inside Distortions Unlimited

Distortions Unlimited designs props and animatronic installations for haunted houses.
Jim Hill KUNC

If you’ve already visited a haunted house or plan to do so on Halloween, chances are you’ll see something designed to scare you that’s been created by Ed Edmunds.

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Tue October 30, 2012
The Salt

Oregon State's New Cheese Plant Aims To Break The Rind

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:04 pm

Oregon State University food science and technology students mix a batch of havarti cheese in a cheesemaking class.
Lynn Ketchum OSU

It's football season at Oregon State University, and that means tailgating, grilling, and ... cheese?

When we think of Oregon, we don't necessarily think of cheese — maybe a nice Pinot Noir, but not cheese. But this fall, Oregon State University's new cheese plant rolled out its first batch of product: a specialty alpine cheese (like Swiss, Comte or Gruyere) dubbed by the students "Beaver Classic." It's a mild cheese, with nutty flavors like caramelized onions.

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Tue October 30, 2012
The Salt

More Tips For Feeding The Family, Hurricane Edition

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:38 pm

Sterno-type cooking in 1948. Many people still use these cooking tools today when disaster strikes.

Our readers were buzzing with ideas after yesterday's post on keeping the family well-fed during Hurricane Sandy-related power outages. What topped their list of topics? Egg safety, coffee preparedness, and what to do with pantry goods.

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Tue October 30, 2012
Author Interviews

Resenting And Respecting Mom In Russo's 'Elsewhere'

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 8:16 am

Author Richard Russo has been writing about the burned-out mill town of Gloversville, N.Y., for years. In one Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, he called it Empire Falls, Maine; in another novel, it was Thomaston, N.Y.

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