| Mar 1, 2012
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."
Building community is a sacred process, so I begin here, with a Chinese proverb that a healer and social worker turned into a song. The sacred has an intensely personal dimension...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 6:31 PM
The way Sgt. Jennifer Shockley writes it, the wild and woolly Unalaska, Alaska could be a magical land full of mysterious creatures and strange customs.
Take this recent entry in her now famous Unalaska Police Blotter:
Animal - Petite piles of poo...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 3:26 PM
The two twin lunar orbiters recently launched by NASA will no longer be known as Grail A and B. A fourth-grade class in Bozeman, Mont., has renamed the probes Ebb and Flow.
The class beat out more than 11,000 students from across the nation who submitted...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 7:47 PM
In a 1974 edition of the journal College English, 70% of university teaching assistants surveyed said they marked "the reason why" as an error on students' papers.
That's a lot of red ink. The phrase "the reason why" is extremely common, especially in...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:50 PM
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant" began Emily Dickinson's poem, and Paul Hendrickson has taken this wisdom to heart in "Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961," our 2012 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction winner.
| Nov 10, 2012
| 9:50 AM
Next week promises to be a big one for fans of the Rolling Stones, with a new three-CD anthology due out Tuesday and a career-overview documentary set to premiere Thursday night on HBO.
Now listeners can get a deeper (and perhaps less authorized) look at...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 10:12 AM
Updated: Guy Fieri responded angrily to the review on the Today Show Thursday morning. "I just thought it was ridiculous," Fieri said. "That to me, went so overboard...it really seemed like there was another agenda."
By now, you may have seen the...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 1:58 PM
This is National Preservation Week.
Which means that, if you are a librarian, you are probably already setting out the chips and mixing up a big punch bowl of sloe gin fizzes.
Yeah man, this is the week that, according to The Washington Post, we call...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:40 AM
Learn about poet Emily Dickinson at the Mattatuck Museum this week. The museum presents a program titled "The Eccentric Poet of Amherst: Reclusive Genius, Emily Dickinson," led by Phil Benevenuto, the former Chair of the English Department at Crosby...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| May 23, 2012
| 12:49 PM
Most memoirs are mush.
Given the tender emotions, fragile reminiscences and flights of fancy that tend to flit and twirl within your average autobiography, the genre is known for its shifting, dreamlike core, not its steely spine.