Displaying articles for: April 2014

May Day, May Day…

May 1: Historians cite the 1886 May Day parade in Chicago -- some 80,000 marching for an eight-hour workday, the Haymarket Square Massacre coming just days later -- as one of the pivotal moments in modern labor history.

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White at the World's Fair

April 30: The New York World's Fair opened on this day in 1939.

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Cavafy, Forster & Cohen

April 29: The Greek poet Constantine Cavafy was born on this day in 1863, and he died on this day in 1933.

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Pinter Party

April 28: Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, his first full-length play, opened on this day in 1958 in Cambridge, England.

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Malamud's Artistry

April 26:  "Broke what breaks. He was talking to me how bitter was his life…but the next minute his face got small and he fell down dead."

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Young Man's Game

April 25: "[S]cience could be like baseball: a young man's game whose stars made their mark in their early twenties."

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Long View

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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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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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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).