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Author sees poetry and prose through the trees

The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
Planting Seeds
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Winnebago Man (2009)

Twenty summers ago, in the deep sweat of nowhere Iowa, a hired crew set out to film the lamest sort of low-budget sales video imaginable. But what could have been a mundane if not suicidal assignment spun into accidental comedy, as the star of the infom
Ben Steinbauer and Jack Rebney make their pitch
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 23, 2010
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Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010
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Self-starter

Behind all the oohs and ahhs inspired by nature lurk the uh-ohs.
Casey Dienel realizes her potential as White Hinterland
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 16, 2010
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A timeless tale

Ever since it was published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been inspiring generation after generation of strong-minded girls to grow into independent women.
Feminism is at the fore in PC’s Little Women
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2010


Do it like we used to do

There's a lot to be said for what opponents of same-sex nuptials call "traditional marriage."
Traditional marriage and values
By AL DIAMON  |  May 08, 2009
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Interview: John Hodgman

Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.  
One man's operating system
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 08, 2008
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

As always with Porter, you can expect intelligence in the writing and insights into the bio subject.
A darker-than-usual take on the author
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 09, 2008
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The great American (office) novel

They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 04, 2008
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Voices carry

This is the Age of Information, so of course we’re all ignorant.
Gamm’s insightful Radio Free Emerson
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 23, 2007


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Slow grow

The great-great-great grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson rocks out. Grizzly Bear, "On a Neck, On a Spit" (mp3)
The steady triumph of Grizzly Bear
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 30, 2007
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Two guys walk into a bar . . .

From the outside, P.A.’s Lounge looks like a place a man in a joke about a bar might think twice about bringing his talking dog into.
The debut of the Union Square Round Table
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 13, 2006