The Week: Most Recent Arts+Life Posts recent posts.en-usMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Arts+Life Posts from THE WEEKMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0400The stories behind 22 classic album covers<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>1. <em>Nevermind</em> (1991)</strong></p><p><em>Nirvana</em></p><p><em>Design by Robert Fisher and Kirk Weddle</em></p><p><br /><br /></p><p>Spencer Elden's first time swimming was a memorable one.</p><p>At four months old, Elden was one of several babies on hand at a Pasadena public pool to audition for Nirvana's album cover.</p><p>"I showed Kurt the baby picture," designer Robert Fisher said, "and he liked it but felt it needed something more. We threw all kinds of ideas around and Kurt jokingly suggested a fish hook. We spent the day thinking of all the things you could put on a fish hook. Although Kurt never gave me a rationale for the design, I must assume that the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Bill DeMainMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0400How to show your money who's boss<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>There are many parts of our lives where self-help gurus urge us to feel empowered: our careers. Our relationships. Our workouts.</p><p>But there's one key thing that's often missing from the list: our money.</p><p>And Americans could certainly use some help feeling less anxious in that arena. According to a recent poll from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a whopping 79 percent of people say financial concerns keep them up at night &mdash; far outpacing worries over the state of their marriages, job security or children.</p><p>This statistic tells us one thing: We could all stand to take more...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marianne HayesMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:07:00 -0400Here's a sweet-hot chile sauce that's got it all<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Chef and restaurateur Ford Fry of The Optimist and King + Duke in Atlanta appreciates a good contrast between heat and sweetness in his food. So when he discovered a sweet-hot Thai chile paste atop an otherwise simple boiled chicken dish at a food truck in Portland, Oregon, he knew he was halfway to something special.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting Table</em>:</strong> How you like pilau?)</p><p>Fry found the paste &mdash; <em>nam prik pao</em> &mdash; in an Asian market and started adding other classic Thai flavors like fresh chiles, lime juice, fish sauce, vinegar, lemongrass and Thai basil to it to make a special sauce of his own...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jacqueline RaposoMon, 20 Oct 2014 11:08:00 -0400Why you should absolutely watch this confounding, wonderful World Series<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The pairing of teams in the World Series beginning Tuesday night is both improbable and delightful &mdash; like a foul ball bouncing perfectly into your beer cup. It's not what you expected, but it's time to chug anyway. And you'll be glad you did.</p><p class="p1">The scrappy San Francisco Giants overcame a string of injuries, the decline of some of their best pitchers from the last half decade, their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers' massive payroll, and then, in the National League Championship Series, the terrifying St. Louis Cardinals to take the National League pennant for the third time in five years...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:06:00 -0400Bob Odenkirk's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> The Dog of the South</strong> by Charles Portis (Overlook, $16). A hilarious narrator goes on a loony mission to catch up with his runaway wife, following the trail of credit card receipts she leaves from Arkansas to Belize. He's driven by resentment and pettiness &mdash; and yet he is also clearly entertained by the world around him. This is, to me, a very American voice.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>True Grit</strong> by Charles Portis (Overlook, $8). Two books on one list &mdash; this guy outdid himself! Portis' most famous book is a more traditionally structured story than <em>Dog of the South</em>, and yet its central voice is so likable &mdash...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 19 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0400The best football stadium food in America<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The average football game lasts three hours, ten minutes. Within that span of time, there will be a flurry of penalties and television timeouts, as well as the general halting that's built into the game. It's also a long time to go without eating.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting Table</em>: </strong>Fowl play)</p><p>Should you find yourself in the stands of any of these stadiums, tear yourself away the next time your team gets a first down and hightail it to one of these concessions stands, at which big-name chefs have eschewed standard stadium fare for the signature dishes that made them famous.</p><p><strong>FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By Jillian KingSun, 19 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400Why I quit my corporate job to become a work-from-home dad<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Five years ago I was thriving as a corporate communications director at a mobile-tech start-up in Silicon Valley. As the sole breadwinner in my family, my six-figure salary supported my wife, Janet,* and our two kids, Ben* and Sarah,* who were 11 and 9 at the time, respectively.</p><p>We didn't live large or spend carelessly, but we had a comfortable life. We had a nice home in the Bay Area suburbs. We could afford private school and after-school activities for the kids. And we were still able to save money.</p><p>But being comfortable came with a price. I worked long, demanding hours &mdash; it wasn't...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Scott Diaz*, as told to Marianne HayesSun, 19 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0400'Bury' your pet in space<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">At last, the remains of a pet can be blasted into space. Celestis, which has been doing the same for human remains since 1997, now offers four ways to provide Mittens with a big send-off, said Isha Aran at <em>Jezebel</em>. For $12,500, Celestis will put a lock of hair or a gram of ashes in a small capsule and send it to the moon or deep space. For $4,995, the capsule will be sent into orbit around Earth and will vaporize like a shooting star as it re-enters the atmosphere. For $995, the capsule will be launched just high enough to experience zero gravity &mdash; and you can have it back.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 18 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400House hunting: 6 stunning historic conversions<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Lyme, Connecticut.</strong> Set on 4.95 acres, this four-bedroom house was originally a blacksmith's shop from 1750 built in New Hampshire. During the 1980s, it was relocated to the current property and rebuilt as a modern home.</p><p ><br /> <br /> In 2010, the home underwent another rehab, with amenities including a first-floor master, exposed beams, a walled rose garden, and a cathedral-ceiling kitchen with a fireplace. $1,750,000. Jane Macy Pfeffer, William Pitt/Sotheby's International Realty, (860) 227-6634.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>St. Johnsville, New York.</strong> Built in 1835, this four-bedroom former grist mill on an inlet of the Mohawk...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Machine<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>Watch a trailer for <em>The Machine</em>:</p><center><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><p>Stream <em>The Machine</em> on Netflix.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week's</em> streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Stuff</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Enemy</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Spring Breakers</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:38:00 -0400