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Lord of the Jungle

by Jim Hightower September 25, 2014

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  In his classic 1936 comedy Modern Times, silent filmmaker Charlie Chaplin depicts the trials and tribulations of a harried factory worker trying to cope with the sprockets, cogs, conveyor belts, and “efficiencies” of the new ...

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A Kinder, Gentler Nazism

by Ann Morrow December 5, 2013

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  Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), the light-fingered heroine of The Book Thief, doesn’t really steal books, she borrows them. The first book she filches is from a gravesite—during the burial of her younger brother. It’s 1938 Germany, ...

Ten Books To Blow Your Mind

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 13, 2013

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  It’s a good reading season, this six-more-weeks-of-winter-at-least time of year. So since I’m in the middle of a book that makes me repeatedly collar whoever is in the room with me to share the insights ...

Rabbits Before Wizards

by Darryl McGrath October 25, 2012

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  Once upon a time, a British bureaucrat who had never published anything and who had no aspirations of being a novelist finally ceded to the pleadings of his little girls that he write down the ...

A Path To Understanding

by Sarah Iannone October 25, 2012

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  For the first eight or nine years of their lives, Jessica and Jocelyn Davis were, figuratively speaking, joined at the hip. They saw each other as they were, twin sisters with an inseparable bond. “As ...

Pop Quiz

by Jo Page February 9, 2012

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  Every year, late January, I buy a desk calendar in which I record the names of agents I query, journals I send stuff off to over the next twelve months. To be perfectly honest, it ...

Cleveland Confidential Book Tour

by The Staff March 30, 2011

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Ian Hunter said it in song, but he was just stating the obvious: “Cleveland Rocks.” This week, three authors with a Cleveland heritage and serious rock & roll credentials will come to town. Cheetah Chrome ...