Ask Me Another
9:34 am
Thu July 23, 2015

One-Word One-Hit Wonders

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:55 am

The airwaves of the 90s were full of one-hit wonders, and in this music game, we're paying homage to some of them--specifically, the ones that had a single word as a title. Spike your hair, tie on your puka shell necklace, and get ready to sing along with our rewritten lyrics!

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Shirley Jackson Gets To The Heart Of The Home In 'Let Me Tell You'

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:27 pm

To read one of Shirley Jackson's signature works is to live in a house built on sand. From novels like We Have Always Lived in the Castle to the iconic "The Lottery," Jackson's worlds carve some essential, uncanny instability out of the everyday, and any of us can sink without warning into something consuming we can't understandor, worse, that we understand all too well.

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5:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

You Might Not Know Kenny Ortega, But You Probably Know His Choreography

Remember that scene from Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practice their lifts in a lake? Turns out they weren't the only ones in the water; choreographer Kenny Ortega was right there beside them.
The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:10 pm

What do Michael Jackson, Zac Efron, Bette Midler and Patrick Swayze have in common? They've all worked closely with choreographer Kenny Ortega — a veteran song and dance man who has inspired generations of performers.

On July 31, the Disney Channel premieres his new movie Descendants, starring a number of young, new actors as well as veterans like Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Najimy.

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4:25 am
Thu July 23, 2015

'Close Up Baltimore' Tells Stories Of The City, One Portrait At A Time

"Winter is better. You can't get nothing on a summer day. You can't get no help in the summer. I don't have no place to stay, but I sleep out here sometimes on the streets. I try to make a little money to buy me a little something to eat because I don't like eating out of trash cans. That makes me sick."
Joe Rubino Close Up Baltimore

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 1:50 pm

It's a muggy summer day, and Joe Rubino is at the train station in Baltimore, taking pictures of a stranger and asking some deeply personal questions. Later, he'll post this portrait online, along with snippets from the conversation.

"I think that people are hungry for a more real, emotional connection to people," Rubino says.

His street photography project, Close Up Baltimore, was inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York blog.

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The Salt
3:42 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Buddhist Diet For A Clear Mind: Nuns Preserve Art Of Korean Temple Food

Iced tea made from local berries is served with melon and squares of sweet sticky rice topped with fruits and nuts. The nuns eat these sweets on head-shaving day, to replenish their energy.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:01 pm

Detox diets come and go, like any other fad. In South Korea, one popular diet has staying power. It has been around for at least 1,600 years, ever since the founding of the Jinkwansa temple in the mountains outside of Seoul.

This Buddhist monastery sits at the convergence of two streams, amid twisting leafy trees and soaring peaks. It's one of many temples in the countryside outside of South Korea's capital. Each temple has its own specialty. Jinkwansa is famous for two reasons.

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