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The Quest For Papa's Perfect Sentence

By David Rutter

When I was 15 and thought myself a smart young man of letters, I read The Sun Also Rises. I knew then I would read everything that Ernest Hemingway wrote because you could not be serious and avoid him.

It was 1961. The summer when he died.

But then I decided I could avoid him.

No, I decided I had to put him aside. It was bittersweet, though likely the first adult decision of my life.

Those times and decisions came back to me this week during the six-hour PBS biographical special Hemingway.

If watching those 360 minutes does not illuminate both the hope and terrible fear of imitating Hemingway, nothing will.

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Posted on April 8, 2021

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

To Destroy White Supremacy, Interrogate The Canon

By Lorena German/The Hechinger Report
If we want to dismantle white supremacy in the imagination and work against the idea of Whiteness as property, we need to see how supremacist values have operated in our schools. Specifically, in canonical texts.

Posted on March 31, 2021

Southern Illinois' Snake Road

By SIU Press
"Snake Road is the only road in the world closed every year (from March 15 - May 15, and again from September 1 - October 30) for its biannual migration of snakes and other reptiles."

Posted on March 16, 2021

After Democracy

"What if there is something better out there, and technology can help us uncover a long-hidden path to it? We change and so does our technology, but we cling to past iterations of democracy like a dream we desperately try to remember after we wake up. Life is not static. Neither is democracy."

Posted on March 11, 2021

Dark Participation: When Journalists And Readers Engage

By Jacob L. Nelson/The Conversation
What's the point?

Posted on March 4, 2021

The Unintended Consequences Of Taming Nature

By John Schwartz/Undark
As she puts it, this is a book "about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems."

Posted on February 27, 2021

Copyright Law Just Went Awry

By Katharine Trendacosta and Cara Gagliano/The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Two copyright bills were added to the Congress's December spending package, despite not having any place there - not least because there hadn't been robust hearings where the issues with them could be pointed out. One of the bills didn't even have text available to the public until the very last second. And they are now law.

Posted on February 6, 2021

Being Sure About George Ryan

By Ed Hammer
Testing the sincerity of the former governor's moratorium on the death penalty.

Posted on January 19, 2021

Why Chimpanzees Don't Hold Elections

By Lisa Feldman Barrett/Undark
Most of your life takes place in a made-up world.

Posted on January 5, 2021

A Series Of Fortunate Events

Brought To You By The Skeptical Inquirer
How chance rules our world.

Posted on December 8, 2020

How James Baker (Dishonestly) Made George W. Bush President

By Richard Pildes/The Conversation
A remarkable breach in the confidentiality of a court's internal deliberations coupled with sheer dishonesty and gamesmanship put the loser in the White House against the will of the people and the Electoral College. It's nothing to be commended for.

Posted on December 4, 2020

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