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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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).
| May 13, 2011
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
| July 23, 2010
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.
| June 18, 2010
Your words are not your own
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
| May 14, 2010
Behind all the oohs and ahhs inspired by nature lurk the uh-ohs.
Casey Dienel realizes her potential as White Hinterland
| April 16, 2010
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
| 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
| May 08, 2009
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
| October 08, 2008
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
| September 09, 2008
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
| June 04, 2008
This is the Age of Information, so of course we’re all ignorant.
Gamm’s insightful Radio Free Emerson
| May 23, 2007
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
| January 30, 2007
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
| November 13, 2006
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