Arts & Life

12:14pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Jay Chandrasekhar's 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:46 pm

Harry Shearer (left), Christopher Guest (center) and Michael McKean play the British band Spinal Tap, created for Rob Reiner's 1984 mock rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
MGM Home Entertainment AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For writer-director Jay Chandrasekhar, whose credits include Super Troopers, Beerfest and The Babymakers, which opened in theaters this weekend, the movie he could watch a million times is Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap. "The accents are flawless, the music is really good," Chandrasekhar says.

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11:53am

Sun August 5, 2012
Author Interviews

A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:11 pm

Over the past decade, there's been a revival in popular histories of ancient Rome; not the academic tomes once reserved for specialists and students, but books and movies designed for the rest of us.

Anthony Everitt has written three biographies about some of the major players in ancient Rome: Cicero, Augustus and Hadrian, all full of intrigue and treachery.

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5:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Arts & Life

Marilyn Monroe As An 'All-Around' Comedian

Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago Sunday at the age of 36. Host Linda Wertheimer speaks with film expert Murray Horwitz about Monroe's film legacy and her comedic skills.

5:28am

Sun August 5, 2012
NPR Story

Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 5:34 am

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."

4:10am

Sun August 5, 2012
Books News & Features

In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 3:01 pm

Designed by Chip Kidd, the book jacket for Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, when removed, reveals a woman's face.
Courtesy of Chip Kidd/Alfred A. Knopf

In the olden days, a reader might pick up a book because the cover was exciting, intriguing, maybe even beautiful. But in the brave new world of e-books and e-readers, the days when an artist named Chip Kidd could make us reach for a book may be gone.

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