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12:42 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Anne Lamott Distills Prayer Into 'Help, Thanks, Wow'

Anne Lamott is the best-selling author of Some Assembly Required, Grace (Eventually), Plan B and Traveling Mercies.
Sam Lamott Riverhead Books

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 9:44 am

As Thanksgiving draws near, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for — taking time to consider how best to appreciate what we have in our lives. This year, novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott has focused on using prayer to help express our thanks. Many of her books explore how individuals can transform their lives — how one moves from being troubled to feeling whole. In Lamott's case, she suffered from alcoholism and drug abuse; after hitting rock bottom, she found her faith.

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Food
12:41 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The Veggieducken: A Meatless Dish With Gravitas

The Sporkful

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 10:45 am

Vegetarians don't need your sympathy on Thanksgiving, says Dan Pashman, host of a food podcast and blog called The Sporkful. Pashman is an omnivore, but he spoke to vegetarians and found "it actually makes them feel uncomfortable when a host goes to extreme lengths to make something special just for them."

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Music Interviews
12:40 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts

Willie Nelson has recorded more than 100 albums and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
David McClister Courtesy of William Morrow

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:04 am

At nearly 80, Willie Nelson remains impressively prolific: lots of songs, lots of kids and, fittingly, lots of autobiographies. The country singer's latest memoir is called Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, after a song on his Heroes album, released earlier this year. Nelson says those seeking earth-shattering revelations about his life should look elsewhere; that wasn't his intention in writing the book.

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Author Interviews
12:39 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate

Joshua Lott Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:25 am

Americans own an estimated 300 million guns. It's a level of gun ownership that no other country in the world comes close to matching. It's also a source of controversy in the U.S., where groups on both sides of the issue seem to have dug deep into the debate.

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Food
12:39 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Put A Little Soul In That Thanksgiving Stuffing

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Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 2:48 pm

Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor.

Soul food conjures up thoughts of rich dishes full of butter or gravy — comfort foods. But soul food comes out of one of America's darkest chapters. Chef Melba Wilson, owner of Melba's Restaurant and Melba's 125 in Harlem, N.Y., explains that the basis of the cooking comes from the food slave owners gave to slaves.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:38 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Being Initially Famous

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Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:04 am

Special Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for this week's puzzle is Wednesday by 3 p.m. Eastern.

On-air challenge: Each clue is a two- or three-word description of a famous person in which the initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person. For example, given the clue "Motown great," the answer would be Marvin Gaye.

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Movie Interviews
12:35 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

In McElwee Doc, 'Memory' Fails And Family Clashes

In an attempt to remember what it was like to have most of his life ahead of him, filmmaker Ross McElwee turns the camera on his son, Adrian, seen above.
Fred Wasser

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:04 am

Filmmaker Ross McElwee is a one-man crew: soundman, cameraman, narrator. He reached a wide audience with his sweet documentary Sherman's March, which chronicled his journey through the South searching for love. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1987. He's made five documentary features since then.

McElwee's latest film is Photographic Memory — and it presents a different side of the director.

Early in Photographic Memory, we see McElwee in a small town in Brittany, France, in a state of digital disorientation.

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Books
12:34 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Inspecting The Trend Of Autistic-Spectrum Characters

Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are the authors of Colin Fischer.
Doug Hac

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 5:08 am

Tasha Robinson is the national associate editor for The A.V. Club.

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The Record
12:31 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Post Everything

Also this week Rihanna began her 7 countries, 7 days, 7 shows tour. You may have heard about it, #rihannaplane. Here she is in the cockpit before the first flight.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 12:47 pm

This week three of the best pieces of music writing spoke to the conversations happening between musicians and the people heavily engaged with their work — Bowie reaching out to Scott Walker, Kendrick Lamar anticipating listeners' reactions to his songs and the cementing of hip-hop as the "lingua franca" of men's wear.


Kendrick Lamar And The Post-Hip-Hop Generation

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:30 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Brewery Owner Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Randy Sprecher

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:03 am

Randy Sprecher came to Milwaukee years ago to make beer for one of the big breweries. But he didn't like the beer he was making so he founded his own brewery ... and now, his friends keep showing up at his door all the time with lame excuses.

We've invited Sprecher to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.

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