The Week: Most Recent Arts+Life Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:20:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Arts+Life Posts from THE WEEKFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:20:00 -0500The beauty of the bread basket<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Sometime between opening the menu and patiently waiting for the appetizer, a basket may arrive at your dinner table. It might be filled with hot-from-the-oven slabs of sourdough accompanied by chive-flecked butter, or, under more unfortunate circumstances, ho-hum whole-grain rolls that aren't worth their calories. At the apex of the Atkins Diet craze, some restaurants ditched tempting (and costly) bread services altogether. Today, however, chefs are re-embracing the humble carb, lending it the fanfare it so richly deserves.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting Table</em>:</strong> Finger food)</p><p>Patrons queuing up at white...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Alia AkkamFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:20:00 -0500Girls on Film: 5 essential World War II movies directed by women<img src="" /></P><p>With her sophomore feature<em> Unbroken</em>, Angelina Jolie is the only female director releasing a film on December 25. And she is battling a number of notable male directors &mdash; including Rob Marshall, Tim Burton, and Clint Eastwood &mdash; for Christmas box office supremacy.</p><p><em>Unbroken, </em>based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand (who also wrote <em>Seabiscuit</em>), tells the story of real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini. As a soldier during World War II, he repeatedly faces death: a near-fatal plane crash, more than a month at sea on a raft, and incarceration as a prisoner of war.</p><p>There's a good reminder for...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:00 -050012 holiday gifts for the hardest-to-shop-for people on your list<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>'Tis the week before Christmas, and your worries are clear &hellip;</p><p>There are still several unpurchased gifts lingering on your to-do list this year.</p><p><em>O.K., deep breaths.</em></p><p>Luckily, there's no need to panic &mdash; or resort to doling out gift cards.</p><p>Because whether you've failed to find the right present for your picky mother-in-law, or you just can't muster the excitement to shop for the dad who seems to have everything, we've got you covered.</p><p>With these 12 budget-friendly gifts, you're sure to please the most hard-to-shop-for people in your life.</p><p><em><strong>For the kid who has everything... </strong></em></p><p ><br /><br />(<em>Toys...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By Natasha BurtonFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:40:00 -0500This week I learned your coin toss odds are better than you think, and more<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Spin it to win it (<em>Now I Know</em>)</p><p>Men wore corsets and 7 other unknown things about the world of Jane Austen (<em>Smithsonian</em>)</p><p>Corsets - a history lesson (<em>Festooned Butterfly</em>)</p><p>Is it possible to extinguish the sun with water? (<em>Kottke</em>)</p><p>Syracuse biologist reveals how whales may 'sing' for their supper (<em></em>)</p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week's </em>podcasts: </strong></p><ul><li>The great paradox of the greatest rock 'n' roll showdown of all time</li><li>Please obey this simple rule for airplane seat reclining</li><li>This week I learned that Canada was once accidentally at war with the U.S., and more...</li></ul> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:00 -0500You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview<img src="" /></P><p>A multi-billion-dollar Hollywood studio was brought to its knees by nine disjointed sentences from an anonymous hacker.</p><p>"Warning," the threat began. "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places <em>The Interview</em> be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:17:00 -0500One girl's extraordinarily wild world<img src="" /></P><p>Amelia Paul Forman was 3 years old when she first befriended a chimp. "You two fell off the chair hugging," Amelia's mom, photographer Robin Schwartz, recalls of her daughter.</p><p>Amelia, now 14 years old, is actually named after a capuchin monkey. And her interest in, if not love of, animals is inherited from her parents who have long lived with not just dogs and cats, but also primates, lemurs, and other species more readily found in petting zoos than homes.</p><p>Amelia quickly became her mother's muse and model. By the age of 2, the blue-eyed, cherubic girl was already being photographed with her namesake...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:10:00 -0500Tradition, timepieces, and the scourge of the smartwatch<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The chaos of the shops in Manhattan's Diamond District is something to behold.</p><p>From historic luxury brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Rolex, to family-owned shops like Masters of Time and Sullivan &amp; Sons, just about any watch can be had and any issue repaired. Walk into an emporium on 47th Street and a salesman will quickly offer to find you "the best watch money can buy." They will relentlessly attempt to sell you on everything about it, from the dial to the band, telling you how it will become a family heirloom for your children.</p><p>When it's your job to sell someone...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Micah SingletonThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:50:00 -05005 delicious twists on latkes<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Latkes are the best thing in the world, just the way they are. That's our starting premise, and we won't budge from it. However, we will say that even the best holiday snacks can always benefit from a push to be just a little bit better &mdash; especially when it comes to fried patties of crispy, shredded potato perfection.</p><p>Latkes are a process, and they'll leave your hair and half your home smelling like fried something-or-other, but the payoff is a celebration of light and joy and oil for your tastebuds. Here are five ways to make the eight days of Hanukkah as latke-licious as possible.</p>... <a href="">More</a>By Talia RalphThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:32:00 -0500Could better U.S.-Cuban relations thwart baseball's human smuggling problem?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">For the past two years, Yasiel Puig has been one of the best players in Major League Baseball. Signed to a $42 million contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder has slashed .305/.386/.502 (average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) since his 2013 debut, making him the fifth-best hitter in that span, per one all-encompassing offensive metric.</p><p class="p1">But like many Cuban-born players, Puig's journey to the big leagues could easily have ended in disaster and death, not riches and fame.</p><p class="p1">With the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba firmly in place, Puig turned to smugglers to sneak off the island. And as has...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:09:00 -0500How to care for your cast-iron cookware<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Ever pass up a cast-iron find at a flea market because you thought it'd be too hard to keep clean? Big mistake &mdash; at least according to John Folse, the Louisiana-based chef, restaurateur, and author of <em>Chef John Folse's Cast-Iron Cooking Cookbook</em> ($11). "The greatest misconception is that cast iron is difficult to maintain," he says.</p><p>Folse, who refers to cast iron as the "original no-stick cookware," touts its many advantages: It manages and retains heat well, makes for a handsome serving vessel, and works beautifully whether you're roasting, stewing, baking, or cooking over a campfire...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Brooke Porter KatzWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0500