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  • Like/Dislike: James Nasty, Baltimore club DJ and producer

    Like/Dislike: James Nasty, Baltimore club DJ and producer
    For the past two years, James Nasty has co-hosted the Physical Education dance party at Ottobar each Friday, spinning everything from Basement Boys to Future Islands. This Friday, Nasty will not only host TT the Artist’s birthday party at Ottobar,...
  • The Biblioracle: Heed the warnings from dystopian literature

    The Biblioracle: Heed the warnings from dystopian literature
    I am not sure what this says about me, but if the apocalypse comes, and it's of the nuclear variety, I'm hoping to be atomized in a blinding flash of light. If it's flesh-eating zombies, I'll run jugular-first into their teeth-gnashing embrace. If I...
  • Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.

    Academia has always been an easy target for mockery. Henry Kissinger observed that university politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low, and one logical extension is that liberal arts departments are steeped in self-importance...
  • The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'

    The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'
    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings." Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like...
  • UCSB professor vs. antiabortion protester: 'Trauma trigger' is no defense

    Mireille Miller-Young, a feminist studies professor at UC Santa Barbara, has been charged with battery, vandalism and theft after she allegedly stole and destroyed the sign of an antiabortion protester on campus and then pushed and scratched the 16-year-...
  • Nelson Mandela, remembered through his books

    Nelson Mandela, remembered through his books
    Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on Thursday after a long illness, was among the transformative figures of the 20th century. A moral leader who became a political leader, a prisoner of conscience turned secular saint, he also elegantly shaped and detailed...
  • Who will win the 2013 Nobel Literature prize?

    Who will win the 2013 Nobel Literature prize?
    The next winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday morning in Stockholm. In the United Kingdom, where you can wager on such things, the betting money is on Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. As of Monday morning, the...
  • Chinua Achebe, author of 'Things Fall Apart,' dies at 82

    Chinua Achebe, author of 'Things Fall Apart,' dies at 82
    Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe has died. The 82-year-old was best known for his gorgeously written historical novel that served as an indictment of colonialism, "Things Fall Apart." Published in 1958, "Things Fall Apart" soon became an international...
  • Chinua Achebe dies at 82; Nigerian writer

    JOHNANNESBURG, South Africa — When Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe was in college, a European professor assigned "Mister Johnson," which portrayed Africa as a land of grinning, shrieking savages. Time magazine called it "the best novel ever written...
  • Biblioracle: 'New adult'? New insult

    Biblioracle: 'New adult'? New insult
    Apparently, there is now something called "new adult" literature. I know this because The New York Times told me so. They say that new adult books "fit into the young-adult genre in their length and emotional intensity, but feature slightly older...
  • The Biblioracle: Is it viral? Who cares? Just read it.

    The Biblioracle: Is it viral? Who cares? Just read it.
    I read a lot of books. You probably do too. That's why we meet in this space on a weekly basis. When we emerge from our solitary bubbles, we like to engage in a little fellowship with our fellow travelers. I keep that in mind when I consider every column,...
  • With 'Americanah,' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pokes fun at race

    With 'Americanah,' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pokes fun at race
    Friends are dress shopping in the novel "Americanah"; when they get to the register, the cashier asks which of two saleswomen helped them, but they're not sure. She lists numerous physical characteristics to identify the salesperson before giving up....