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Obituary: Gene Darrah

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:09am
Gene Darrah passed away on Jan. 15, 2015, due to complications from ALS. Gene was born on Aug. 19, 1940, in Burwell, Neb., to Lyle “Bud” and Ellen (Meuret) Darrah. Gene grew up on a ranch east of Burwell and attended a one-room country school. In 1953, his parents leased out the family ranch and moved to Grand Island, Neb., so Gene could attend St. Mary’s High School. Gene later graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 1957. In 1958, the ranch was sold and the family moved to Grand Junction, where they bought a Holstein dairy farm. …

Delicious Short Stories, Ripe On The Vine In 'Honeydew'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:03am

Reviewer Alan Cheuse has rapturous praise for Edith Pearlman's new story collection: "The first thing I wanted to do after finishing was, well, I wanted to go right back and start from the beginning."

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Muftic: Insulting religion sparks predictable results

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
Je suis Charlie, a cry raised in support of freedom of the press, was an admirable reaction to the terrorist attack on a French weekly publication that specialized in satirical cartoons guaranteed to insult Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and more. Hats off to the million-plus demonstrating in Paris on behalf of freedom of speech, even if many of those marching did not agree with the editorial policy of the publication, Charlie Hebdo. No one in the U.S. mainstream media has published or reproduced the kind of editorial content like Charlie Hebdo. Why? After all, doesn’t the Constitution protect free speech like …

Hamilton — A tale of three soldiers: Gant, Petraeus, and Bergdahl

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
The first word in the Uniform Code of Military Justices (UCMJ) is “uniform,” which doesn’t have to do with the wearing of military uniforms. “Uniform” means that the Code of Military Justice is supposed to be applied “uniformly” to all who serve in our armed forces and are, thereby, subject to its provisions. With that in mind, we come to the strange cases of retired Army Maj. Jim Gant, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who could possibly be tried under the UCMJ for desertion. (See: UCMJ Article 85.) Those who read Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan: …

DeVos: Visiting the Red Lobster

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
For years my wife has said, “We should check out the fall colors in New England.” I totally agreed. She wanted to watch leaves turn red and I wanted to watch lobsters turn red. We compromised by planning a seven-day leaf-peeping, crustacean-eating contest along the north Atlantic Coast. The problem is that our dogs are borderline psychotic and we have two screaming feathered pigs that some would charitably call parrots. It’s easy to get someone to house-sit for us once. Not twice. We went through our contact list, searching for someone who hadn’t changed their number or weren’t blocking ours. …

Be a part of fat bike history in Winter Park

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:05am
History is about to made this Sunday, Jan. 25, and you can be a part of it. Winter Park’s first organized group Fat Bike ride is starting at 1:30 p.m. (have to specify as Fat Bike riders sometimes ride late into the night) at Hideaway Park (next to the Winter Park Chamber). Not only will you be part of a historic ride, you will get to ride singletrack Fat Bike trails made by a one of a kind 24-inch-wide groomer. While other resorts are embracing the competitive side of Fat Biking on limited options at cross country ski areas, we …

By the Book: Daniel Handler: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:40am
The author, most recently, of the novel “We Are Pirates” (and, as Lemony Snicket, numerous children’s books) likes to read Miss Manners.

The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:03am

Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenage girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary and near perfect."

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:16pm

Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.

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Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:17am
In “Ghettoside,” Jill Leovy describes a homicide case in South Los Angeles to examine the epidemic of unsolved murders of African-American men in America.

'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:03am

Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.

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A Cool, Painstaking Account Of A Difficult Past In 'Fatherland'

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:03am

Nina Bunjevac tackles two troublesome subjects in Fatherland: Her Serbian nationalist father, and the occasionally violent, extremist history of his country — all in a controlled, icy-cool style.

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ArtsBeat: Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards Are Announced

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:20pm
Among the writers whose books were nominated: Thomas Piketty, Phil Klay, Chang-rae Lee, Marlon James, and Marilynne Robinson.

Book Review: 'The Jaguar's Children' By John Vaillant

NPR Books - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:26pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant.

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ArtsBeat: James Patterson’s Most Expensive, Exploding Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:11pm
His next book “Private Vegas,” to be published on Jan. 26, will have a special, exploding edition, to be sold for $294,038.

ArtsBeat: ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ Delays Plans for Broadway

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:10pm
The play will extend its run in Toronto; advance sales for a Broadway run have been sluggish.

‘Guantánamo Diary,’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:19pm
“Guantánamo Diary” is a profound account by a current detainee of what it’s like to be collateral damage in the war against terror.

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