Arts & Life

3:20pm

Tue March 13, 2012
The Salt

North Dakota Food Writer Shows Why It's OK To Like The Olive Garden

Columnist Marilyn Hagerty's den is converted into a makeshift television studio as a crew from CNN prepares her for an interview.
ERIC HYLDEN Forum Communications Co.

Restaurant reviewing all too often seems like it's all about how edgy and connected the reviewer is. The food's a mere prop.

Columnist Marilyn Hagerty bested all those poseurs by giving her readers just what they wanted: The lowdown on dining options in Grand Forks, N.D.

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12:10pm

Tue March 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Why Praise For An Olive Garden Turned Marilyn Hagerty Into A Star

Her fame has taken Marilyn Hagerty to New York City to be on the TV networks. And her newspaper has created a blog just for following her travels.
Grand Forks Herald

The sudden national fame for 85-year-old North Dakota newspaper columnist Marilyn Hagerty because she wrote last week that the new Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks is "impressive ... welcoming ... [and] is the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating" in the city reinforces two things for this blogger:

1. Almost everyone loves a story about someone who seems to be just so darn nice and who's still going strong at an age when many of us will just be glad to still be around.

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10:01pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Author Interviews

Jodi Picoult Turns Tough Topics Into Best-Sellers

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 9:24 am

Adam Bouska Atria Books

When you think about blockbuster best-sellers, genres like mystery, crime and romance typically come to mind. Ethical or moral fiction? Not so much. But that's how Jodi Picoult, who has 33 million copies of her books currently in circulation, describes her novels. So how did an author who writes about divisive issues get so popular?

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4:29pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

Brevity is the Soul of Fic: NPR Kicks Off Round 8 of Three-Minute Fiction

William Warby Creative Commons/Flickr

This weekend, NPR launched the latest round of its innovative writing contest Three-Minute Fiction. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole spoke with Weekend All Things Considered host and contest creator Guy Raz about Three-Minute Fiction’s evolution and its enduring popularity – something he says he never anticipated...

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3:15pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Salt

Death By Bacon? Study Finds Eating Meat Is Risky

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 9:14 pm

This would be considered a "once in a while" food.
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Bacon has been called the gateway meat, luring vegetarians back to meat. And hot dogs are a staple at many a backyard BBQ.

But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that daily consumption of red meat — particularly processed meat — may be riskier than carnivores realize.

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