Delia Ephron tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about the formative experience of her family’s dinner table in her early childhood. It’s where she learned she could be a writer:
I think everything started at the dinner table in my family. I’ve always wondered about the dinner table in everyone’s family because of it. When I was young … we always had dinner together and we told stories. Whatever crazy thing had happened to me that day I would come home and say it and my father would shout, “That’s a great line! Write it down.” And he would say, “That’s a great title. Write it down,” if I said anything that sounded like a title. I had titles for things before I had any idea I’d be a writer. And we sang songs, we sang rounds, we played charades and 20 questions.
My parents … had this radical past. Here we were in Beverly Hills in this fairly large Spanish house … all having dinner that my mother had not cooked. She was very proud of the fact that she had made a lot of money and someone else cooked dinner. So there we were singing union songs. They taught us, “There Once Was a Union Maid.” And they taught us “We Shall Not Be Moved.” And we would belt them out. … I think that’s where I learned I knew how to tell a story. That’s where I learned I was funny and that it was worth something.
Delia Ephron’s book is called Sister Husband Mother Dog: Etc.
Suddenly don’t care about Ms. Ephron — look at the puppy!
In his project “Detonations,” the Swiss photographer Ueli Alder creates digital composites of explosions by splicing together images found on the Internet, screenshots from video games, and photographs from actual weapons tests. A look at Alder’s work: http://nyr.kr/18xenOe
Photographs by Ueli Alder.
The American Legislative Exchange Council – or ALEC - has been described as a dating service that pairs conservative politicians with big corporations such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Walmart to set a “blueprint” for conservative legislation. But since the killing of Trayvon Martin, ALEC has lost many corporate members because of its gun law policy. On the next Fresh Air we talk with journalist Ed Pilkington who writes about ALEC for The Guardian.
Hashtag Highlight: @ifitwags’s #peanutbutterseries
The origins of the #peanutbutterseries, started by Stephanie McCombie (@ifitwags) and her two German Shorthair Pointers, are just as straightforward as you might imagine. “I was watching the boys eating peanut butter one day and burst out laughing at the faces they were making,” says Stephanie of her pups Travis and Gus, “so I grabbed my camera and started shooting. The photos ended up being so funny I wanted to see other dogs in action!”
Since the first #peanutbutterseries photo was posted last month, Travis and Gus—both rescues whom Stephanie calls #thepointerbrothers—have inspired hundreds of other pups and their humans to break out jars of peanut butter and start snapping.
Want to join in on the fun? Stephanie offers these tips: “Don’t be afraid of a little mess and have lots of peanut butter on hand. Shooting in a space with lots of light works best… must avoid blurry tongues!”