Displaying articles for: March 2014

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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Woody 'n' Bob

March 19: "Listening to [Guthrie's] records for the first time felt 'like a million megaton bomb had dropped,' Dylan would write..."

 

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Updike's America

March 18: "I read and talked into the microphone and was gracious to the local rich, the English faculty and the college president, and the students with their clear skin..."

 

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Back in the USSR?

March 17: "Russia has also been stoking discontent in Crimea. This region of Ukraine combines several potentially explosive elements."

 

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The Price of Empathy

March 15: "I infiltrate the sorrow of every Syrian who passes before my eyes."

 

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Quantum Quest

March 14: "The quantum theory of radiation and electrical conduction underlies all of modern information technology."

 

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Defending Darwin

March 13: "The jail and the penitentiary are not the institutions planted by colonists in a new country, or by pioneers in a new state."

 

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One Small Step...

March 12: "Individuals start where they stand and…make the road by walking."

 

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Five-Star Paradox

March 11: "He was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of men..."

 

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March of the Legion

March 10: "The pen trembled in my hand. God alone knew what I was agreeing to and what rights I was signing away."

 

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Soft on Capitalism?

March 8: "The development of this crony capitalism came at the expense of our constitutional principles, that we are a nation governed by laws and not men."

 

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Poetry Needed

March 7: "Corporate America now desperately needs the powers associated with the poetic imagination not only to see its way through the present whirligig of change, but also, because poetry asks for accountability..."

 

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Renaissance Paint-Off

March 6: "It was a spectacle that drew artists from all over Italy and beyond to admire the heights of ingenuity to which Leonardo and Michelangelo were driven by their rivalry."

 

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Broken Eggs

March 5: "How do you privatize hundreds of state companies? How do you re-create religious and social organizations disbanded long ago?"

 

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Family Values

March 4: "Children are no longer economic assets, so the only way to balance the books is to assume they are future assets..."

 

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Starting Time

March 3: "[W]e are proposing to inform people -- to inform many people who would not otherwise be informed..."

 

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Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).