Arts & Life

3:41pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Remembrances

Remembering Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 3:46 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

One of Mexico's greatest writers has died: Carlos Fuentes. He was 83. Fuentes was a central figure in the Latin American literary boom of the 1960s and '70s. And he was publishing fiction and essays until the end, including an essay published today in the Mexican newspaper Reforma. Our own book critic Alan Cheuse knew Fuentes and reviewed many of his novels. Hi, Alan.

ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.

SIEGEL: And first, give us a sense of the broad sweep of Carlos Fuentes' career, and what made his work so important?

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2:36pm

Tue May 15, 2012
Monkey See

Home Video Picks: 'Being John Malkovich'

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 3:46 pm

John Cusack and Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich.
Criterion Collection

Time now for a home viewing recommendation from our film critic Bob Mondello. This time Bob urges taking the plunge from the seven-and-a-half-th floor into the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of Being John Malkovich.

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1:45pm

Tue May 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Carlos Fuentes, Legendary Mexican Writer, Dies

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 3:36 pm

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes takes part in a tribute to Mexican writer and anthropologist Fernando Benitez in December 2011.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images

Carlos Fuentes, one of the most prolific and best known Spanish-language authors, has died. His death was reported on Twitter by Mexican president Felipe Calderon. The Mexican daily Reforma, which Fuentes often wrote for, reports the author died after experiencing heart problems.

He was 83.

"I am profoundly sorry for the death our loved and admired Carlos Fuentes, writer and universal Mexican. Rest in peace," Calderon wrote on Twitter.

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1:16pm

Tue May 15, 2012
The Salt

Vermont Beer Makers Bring Back Old-Time Maple Sap Brews

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am

This farmer, pouring maple sap into his pail near Wilmington, Vt., in 1954, may have turned the dregs of the season's sap into beer.
Robert F. Sisson National Geographic/Getty Images

In Vermont, the last sap in the spring maple sugaring season isn't considered good for much. It's too dark and strong to use for commercial maple syrup — people tend to like the light and clear stuff.

But long ago, that late season sap was used in a potent dark beer that offered some cool relief to farmers when the hay was cut in the heat of summer.

Now some local microbreweries are bringing the historic drink back from extinction.

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3:21pm

Mon May 14, 2012
The Salt

At Basque Cookings Clubs, Food And Fraternity Mix Heartily

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 3:52 pm

Enrique Vallejo serves soup at the Amaikak Bat txoko in San Sebastian.
Deena Prichep for NPR

Spring crops like asparagus and sorrel are poking up all over the hemisphere. And in the autonomous region of Northern Spain known as Basque Country, people are taking that spring harvest to a txoko.

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