Arts http://tspr.org en Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries http://tspr.org/post/book-news-singapore-pulls-2-childrens-books-gay-couples-libraries <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Authorities in Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28243356">have withdrawn</a> two children's books about gay couples from libraries. In <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nlbsg/posts/10152225024695924">a statement</a>, the National Library Board suggested that gayness and family values are incompatible: "Young children are among our libraries' most frequent visitors. Many of them browse books in our children's sections on their own. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 56390 at http://tspr.org Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations http://tspr.org/post/snubs-and-successes-6-lessons-learned-years-emmy-nominations There are things you could quibble about in the array of nominations announced today for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.<p>No best drama series nomination for CBS' <em>The Good Wife</em>, though several stars got acting nods. No acting nomination for <em>Orphan Black</em> star Tatiana Maslany, though she plays about eight different roles on BBC America's clone-focused adventure drama. No best variety show nod for John Oliver's increasingly stellar <em>Last Week Tonight</em> on HBO. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56377 at http://tspr.org Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way' http://tspr.org/post/clerical-error-puts-church-new-yorks-george-carlin-way The <a href="http://www.corpus-christi-nyc.org/">Corpus Christi Church</a> in Manhattan, where iconoclastic comedian George Carlin once attended school and later ridiculed in some of his monologues, has a new street address: George Carlin Way.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/nyregion/an-error-puts-a-church-on-george-carlin-way.html"><em>The New York Times</em></a> calls what's being described as a clerical error "an irony of Carlinesque proportions." The church fought a street named after the comedian since the idea was proposed three years ago.<p>Even so, city officials say the m Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56374 at http://tspr.org Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way' 'Apes' For A New Age, With Little Use For Us http://tspr.org/post/apes-new-age-little-use-us It's the end of the world as we know it, and the apes feel fine. As for humanity? Not so much, but <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em> doesn't care so much about their feelings. This dawn is well past mankind's twilight.<p>The excellent 2011 reboot of the <em>Planet of the Apes</em> series ended with a map hinting at the worldwide spread of a man-made contagion. The retrovirus used to make lab apes smart in that film was, it turned out, deadly to humans. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Ian Buckwalter 56371 at http://tspr.org 'Apes' For A New Age, With Little Use For Us In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith http://tspr.org/post/stories-muslim-identity-playwright-explores-fault-lines-faith Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, <em>Disgraced,</em> won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.<p>Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 editor 56368 at http://tspr.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith