Arts & Life


Mon May 21, 2012
The Salt

Hail The Conquering Chicken! A Story Of Dinner Plate Domination

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:23 am

Timothy Archibald Courtesy Smithsonian magazine

Why did the chicken cross the road? That's just about the only bit of chicken-related trivia not answered by the cover story in Smithsonian magazine's new food issue this month.

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Mon May 21, 2012

Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:38 am

Harriet Russell

Unlike a lot of people I know, my summer reading doesn't differ significantly from the reading I do the rest of the year. I'm always looking for new authors, older titles I might have missed, books I want to reread, and a nice mixture of fiction and nonfiction. While I understand the concept of beach reading, for me it doesn't mean light reading, but rather choosing books whose ultimate destruction by sand and water won't concern me overly much because I know that I can easily replace them.

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Sun May 20, 2012
Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 8 Winner Is...

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 10:51 am

The end of Round 8 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest has finally arrived. With help from our readers at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, New York University, the University of Oregon and the University of Texas, at Austin, we've read through more than 6,000 stories.

Submissions had to be original works of short fiction — no more than 600 words. They also had to begin with this sentence: "She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door."

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Sun May 20, 2012
Author Interviews

An Author's Journey Back To 'The Lower River'

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:34 am



Writer Paul Theroux can't shake Africa. Almost 50 years ago, he lived in the small central African nation of Malawi. Theroux was there for four years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer, and some of the most visceral details have stayed with him.

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Sun May 20, 2012

From Borat To Aladeen, Laughter Is Cohen's Goal

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 8:27 am

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the fictional North African leader Haffaz Aladeen in his new movie, The Dictator.
Melinda Sue Gordon Paramount Pictures

There isn't much actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen won't do for a laugh.

Baron Cohen splashed his face with toilet water as Borat, the clueless TV reporter from Kazakhstan. He stripped in front of Congressman Ron Paul as Bruno, the gay Austrian fashion journalist.

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