Monthly Archives: July 2011

Improv Everywhere: Who Says You Can’t Have Cheap Fun in NYC?

Have you seen the guy in the cell phone ad that launches into a flash mob dance routine in New York’s Grand Central Station but discovers he’s the only one dancing?  Improv Everywhere is one group that organizes choreographed events where, … Continue reading

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We Always Knew It: Nellie Oleson is a Prairie B****

Laura Ingalls Wilder would be astounded at the interest people still have in her books and her life and the many forms that interest has taken.  Eighty years after the publication of the first book in her Little House on the Prairie … Continue reading

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Pop, Soda, Coke, Mint Tea? On Being a Stranger in a Strange Land

I just finished reading Ann Patchett’s newest book, State of Wonder, a fictional work in which the protagonist, Marina Singh, is a research scientist who works for a pharmaceutical company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  The company dispatches her to the … Continue reading

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses

I just finished reading A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses, a tour of the homes of writers ranging from Hemingway to Poe to Langston Hughes by writer and English professor Anne Trubek. In this funny and very insightful book, Trubek examines … Continue reading

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Does this hoop skirt make my butt look big? “Gone With the Wind” at 75

Despite its political incorrectness and my yankee heritage, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind is one of my favorite books. It was published 75 years ago–it seems like only yesterday.  Check out National Public Radio’s terrific articles and reports about the … Continue reading

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