NPR Arts & Culture

Syndicate content Arts & Life
Art and entertainment commentary plus interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, comedy, and visual art. Subscribe to podcasts and follow trends in music, painting, art, architecture, photography, and design.
Updated: 37 sec ago

300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

October 18, 2014 - 7:03am

Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. This portrait of a serial killer and the detective who hunts him will curdle the blood — and possibly the soul — of any reader.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix

October 18, 2014 - 7:03am

Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

A Collection Of Poems That Offers An Unlikely Kind Of Hope

October 18, 2014 - 5:45am

In his second poetry collection, The New Testament, Jericho Brown weaves together strains of religious invocations with his uneasy identity as a southern, gay, black man into a beguiling self myth.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

October 17, 2014 - 6:33pm

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note'

October 17, 2014 - 5:43pm

The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Out Of The Lockerbie Bombing, A Bond And A 'Letter Of Note'

October 17, 2014 - 4:25pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Frank Ciulla about a poignant letter cherished by his family. It was written after his father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

The Brutalities Of War Bring Surprising Angles To 'Fury'

October 17, 2014 - 1:51pm

Brad Pitt stars in a war movie that contemplates the horrors of war, but also the horrors that the men who fight it may commit.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

'Birdman' Follows A Film Actor Frantic To Prove Himself Onstage

October 17, 2014 - 1:48pm

The choreography by Alejandro Iñárritu, who directed 21 Grams and Babel, will wow you. But the story about a washed-up actor about to bring off his Broadway debut is an "empty masterwork."

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

October 17, 2014 - 1:48pm

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

At London's Tincan, Eating Canned Fish Is The Height Of Luxury

October 17, 2014 - 1:44pm

One of the city's newest restaurants aims to elevate canned fish to an object of desire. There's no kitchen and no chef. The owners argue that tinned goods can be a greener gourmet choice.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

'Accidental Highwayman' Stands And Delivers

October 17, 2014 - 12:03pm

Ben Tripp's young adult debut is a charming romp through a thoroughly theatrical 18th-century England populated by swashbuckling highwaymen, fairies and circus performers.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

'Birdman' Tracks A Comeback In (Seemingly) One Long Take

October 17, 2014 - 11:24am

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Birdman is an entertainingly complicated jigsaw puzzle — in both storytelling and technique.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

In 'Listen Up Philip,' Literary Arrogance Stubbornly Refuses To Change

October 17, 2014 - 11:08am

In the new film starring Jonathan Pryce, Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, two male writers prove far less clear-minded about their own behavior than the filmmaker is.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Transparent' And Pop Culture Debuts

October 17, 2014 - 8:39am

On this week's show, NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us to chat about the Amazon show Transparent and about lots of different pop culture debuts.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds

Book News: John Grisham Backs Down From Comments On Child Pornography

October 17, 2014 - 8:24am

After meeting backlash, the author apologized for lamenting the long prison sentences handed to some users of child pornography. Also: Stirrings are afoot in the worlds of Harry Potter and Twin Peaks.

» E-Mail This

Categories: NPR Feeds