From Adman to Barista

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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Betting on Earth

April 22: "Instead of reading Paul Ehrlich's clash with Julian Simon as a simple...morality tale, their story can move us beyond stereotyped portrayals of environmentalists and conservatives."

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Massacre-Memory

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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Boston Strong

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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Evolving Darwins

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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Ford Motors On

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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At Home with Books

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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Obsessive Genius

April 15: "A page...will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound..."

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Bad Times, Good Hearts

April 14: "And we come back to this book because Steinbeck asks us to open our hearts..."

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Death's Dominion

April 12: "The Civil War’s rate of death, its incidence in comparison with the size of the American population, was six times that of World War II."

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Stifling a Yawn

April 11: "[B]ecause of the good deeds by which [Tanonius Marcellinus] rescued the population from endless boredom, the entire people judges that this inscription should be recorded."

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Pulitzer's Pot of Gold

April 10: "In a decade, Pulitzer had gone from hiding his last savings of $300 in a trunk to earning more than that amount every hour."

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On the Big River

April 9: "These ambitions faded out, each in its turn; but the ambition to be a steamboatman always remained."

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Treasure Hunt

April 8: "[I] rescued works of art by Rodin, Rembrandt, and Rockwell, and pieces of history as varied as Geronimo’s headdress and a long-lost copy of the Bill of Rights."

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Ebert Looks Back

April 7: "The best movies aren’t about what happens to the characters. They’re about the example that they set."

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'Nasty' Outlook

April 5: "Our civilization is not suffering from exhaustion so much as a sugar high."

 

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Orwell's Example

April 4: "To mark the paper was the decisive act. In small clumsy letters he wrote: April 4th, 1984."

 

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Yada, Yada, Yada

April 3: "We are on the verge of losing our capacity as a society for deep, sustained focus."

 

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West Coast Wit

April 2: "Think Walter Winchell crossed with Jon Stewart, with a little Anthony Lewis and Lawrence Durrell thrown in."

 

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Romance of the Road

April 1: "Pickup trucks started out as down-and-dirty work tools until Detroit discovered it could make billions by selling lavish designer trucks."

 

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Celestial Sounds

March 31: "This is what I have to say about Bach's life's work: listen, play, love, revere -- and keep your trap shut."

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Scott & Zelda

March 29: "Forget the past -- what you can of it, and turn about and swim back home to me, to your haven for ever and ever..."

 

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Crimean Ghosts

March 28: "Memories of the Crimean War continue to stir profound feelings of Russian pride and resentment of the West."

 

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Making a Splash

March 27: "[A]t thirty minutes after six o'clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19, 1812... this country...became a nationality to be reckoned with..."

 

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Slaughter & Silence

March 26: "That cable...blasted the United States...for showing 'moral bankruptcy' in the face of what [U.S. diplomats] bluntly called genocide."

 

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Balancing the Books

March 25: "Because accounting reduces everything to its monetary value, it has allowed us to value least that apparently free source of life itself: the planet."

 

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Eco-Catastrophe

March 24: "Her 'red light to starboard' declaration would prove to be the last of a litany of signals of impending disaster."

 

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The People's Poet

March 22: "It might even appear that I am heading toward eventually being crowned laureate of my ZIP code."

 

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Stone Walls

March 21: "The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world today."

 

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Sharp Right Turn

March 20: "I watched with a mixture of fascination and foreboding as my party was hijacked by a new crop of opportunists and true believers..."

 

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Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."