The Week: Most Recent Arts+Life Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Arts+Life Posts from THE WEEKTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -040011 weeknight dinners you can make without a recipe<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Some weeknight evenings, you get home and just want to throw a meal together. No cookbooks, no searching for recipes that you have all of the ingredients for already, no trying to divide measurements so that the dinner serves one instead of six. Just a plain and simple thrown-together meal.</p><p>While just winging it can be exciting and adventurous, having a little guidance before you whip something up can be super helpful. So, we've gathered some easy, recipe-less meal ideas to be your guide to tonight's dinner. Grab a glass of your favorite drink and have fun with your recipe-free cooking.</p><p>Veggie...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Hollis MillerTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400Toronto International Film Festival: 6 more movies you should know about<img src="" /></P><p><strong> 1.<em> Love &amp; Mercy</em></strong></p><p ><br />(<em>Courtesy of TIFF</em>)</p><p>Directed by Bill Pohlad<br />Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti</p><p><strong>What's it about? </strong>This life story of the musician Brian Wilson (played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack) juxtaposes the creation of The Beach Boys' legendary <em>Pet Sounds</em> with his later time under the control of controversial counselor Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). In the early years, Dano's Wilson is on the edge of a nervous breakdown, struggling to make the music in his mind a reality &mdash; even as his family wants nothing more than easily manufactured surf...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:06:00 -0400Why gay people of color are still losing<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>"And then he told me that I'm cute, for an Asian."</p><p>I'd just met the guy who said this to me. It was a Tuesday night, when many a gay at Oxford go to club Baby Love for its weekly GLBT night. Though he was then a stranger, we had one obvious thing in common, beyond our sexuality: We're both people of color. But that was more than enough for us to strike up a friendship. Gay men are eager to scoot over and offer their own a seat at the table. This stranger and I knew, however, that being white is a big help.</p><p>Right now you're slapping your head, asking, "Seriously? In one of the most enduring...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Brandon TensleyTue, 16 Sep 2014 09:43:00 -0400Do you need to be crazy to be the best?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Ten thousand hours is a lot of hours. </span>A <em>crazy</em> amount of hours<span>, one might say.</p><p>I've posted a lot about "deliberate practice" and the work habits of geniuses. They're relentless.</p><p >"Sooner or later," Pritchett writes, "the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing." [<em>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</em>]</p><p>Here's the question: </span><span>Is that just something that obsessed, crazy people do? Does this prove the often-theorized connection between genius and insanity?</p><p>We assume 10,000 hours of practice means passion or dedication. How often does...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerTue, 16 Sep 2014 09:26:00 -0400In defense of family dinner<img src="" /></P><p>Family dinner is an intractable problem, one that many mothers have longed to get around for decades. After all, families need to eat dinner every night. And someone needs to make it.</p><p>Enter frozen dinners, Rachael Ray's 30 minute-meals, take-out, and other such shortcuts that have served as the silent heroes of women's liberation.</p><p dir="ltr">But in the last decade, the movement to return to simpler, less-processed foods has reestablished the pressure for parents (mostly mothers) to get back in the kitchen and slow simmer a stew. That many find this pressure to be a burden should come as no surprise.</p><p dir="ltr">A...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -040010 common conversions for everyday cooking<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><span >Exactitude in the kitchen can be very satisfying, like filling in perfectly dark bubbles on a standardized test &mdash; it indulges the Type A rule follower in all of us. However, for the times when you a) don't want to get your teaspoon dirty yet again, b) are throwing exactitude to the wind, or c) just don't </span><em >feel </em><span >like measuring, you can often estimate instead.</span></p><div class="editors-post-body"><p>Cooking with estimated measurements can be freeing and just a little dangerous &mdash; you are, after all, taking a risk in the kitchen. But they will help you in a pinch, and turn you into a more confident cook in the process. Be...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine LambMon, 15 Sep 2014 14:47:00 -040013 Urban Outfitters controversies<img src="" /></P><p>Over the years, Urban Outfitters, a store aimed at young hipsters and owned by big-time conservative donor Richard Hayne, has managed to offend blacks, Jews, Native Americans, liberals, conservatives, and eating-disorder awareness groups, among others. Here, a look at 12 of Urban Outfitters' biggest controversies:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1.</strong> <strong>A "vintage," faux-bloodstained Kent State </strong><strong>Sweatshirt<br /></strong>In September 2014, Urban Outfitters was charged with exploring "the outer reaches of bad taste" after selling what seemed to be a faux blood-spattered "Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt" for $129. The sweatshirt was widely interpreted...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 15 Sep 2014 10:10:00 -0400Everything you need to master Chinese cooking<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>So you want to start cooking Chinese food at home? Good plan! Your hand-crafted dan dan noodles are definitely going to taste better than the takeout junk you've been eating in shame. The first step, like any adventure, is proper outfitting. It's worth it to invest in all of the tools and ingredients for mastering Chinese cuisine from the get-go. You'll have everything you need to practice cooking at your fingertips and you'll be hosting Chinese banquet dinners in no time flat. Here's where to start.</p><p><strong>1. Dark soy sauce</strong><br />Dark soy sauce is richer, thicker and less salty than regular soy sauce. It...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Nadia ChaudhurySun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400Jason Segel's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> Infinite Jest</strong> by David Foster Wallace (Back Bay, $18). I had the honor of playing David Foster Wallace in an upcoming film. I feel that<em> Infinite Jest</em> did a real service to humanity in an age where you're told to sit and accept television and advertising. Wallace makes you work for satisfaction. As you trudge through the difficult sections and progress through the book, you feel a real sense of accomplishment. It changed my life and my relationship to reading.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</strong> by Roald Dahl (Puffin, $7). Dahl's books provide wish fulfillment: You discover that you've been chosen...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400A 'magical' virtual reality headset<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Given their current limitations, virtual-reality headsets are "hard to get excited about just yet," said </span>Ben Gilbert at <em>Engadget</em>. But the new Gear VR has a jump on most competitors, and given its brief development time, it's a "shockingly capable" device. The headset works with only the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung: Slip the phone in, strap on the goggles, and you can watch videos that immerse you in 360-degree worlds. The available content is limited, but your perspective changes as you turn your head, and the chance to step into a Cirque du Soleil performance is "magical."<em><br /></em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 13 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400