Arts and Culture

The Salt
12:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Glowing tapioca pearls accompanied by spiders (made of chocolate drizzle), just in time for Halloween, by Luma Bites
Martina Zupanic Luma Bites

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:35 pm

This Halloween, what better way to one-up your friends than mixing up some batter, swapping out your light bulbs for ultraviolet replacements, and showing off some glowing baked goods?

And, if you follow the advice of Steven Johnson and Martina Zupanic, these treats won't leave you feeling regretful the next day about your eating choices.

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Author Interviews
10:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:02 am

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:11 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Despite high hopes and executives with a record of success, Atavist Books didn't last long. Less than a year after its launch, the multiplatform publisher has announced that it's planning to close.

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Book Reviews
4:03 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars

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Orbit

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:10 am

First things first: You remember that movie from a while back called Three Kings? It was a David O. Russell picture about Gulf War soldiers who find a map that leads them to a treasure, which they then have to smuggle out of Iraq in the middle of a war.

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Author Interviews
1:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

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Crown

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:59 am

In the summer of 2011, American journalist Suki Kim got a job teaching English at the elite, all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the North Korean capital.

Kim, who was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family to the U.S. at age 13, is a fluent Korean speaker and secretly took notes during her six months at the university in Pyongyang. This formed the basis for her new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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