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Gene Darrah passed away on Jan. 15, 2015, due to complications from ALS. Gene was born on Aug. 19, 1940, in Burwell, Neb., to Lyle “Bud” and Ellen (Meuret) Darrah. Gene grew up on a ranch east of Burwell and attended a one-room country school. In 1953, his parents leased out the family ranch and moved to Grand Island, Neb., so Gene could attend St. Mary’s High School. Gene later graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 1957. In 1958, the ranch was sold and the family moved to Grand Junction, where they bought a Holstein dairy farm. …
Reviewer Alan Cheuse has rapturous praise for Edith Pearlman's new story collection: "The first thing I wanted to do after finishing was, well, I wanted to go right back and start from the beginning."
Je suis Charlie, a cry raised in support of freedom of the press, was an admirable reaction to the terrorist attack on a French weekly publication that specialized in satirical cartoons guaranteed to insult Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and more. Hats off to the million-plus demonstrating in Paris on behalf of freedom of speech, even if many of those marching did not agree with the editorial policy of the publication, Charlie Hebdo. No one in the U.S. mainstream media has published or reproduced the kind of editorial content like Charlie Hebdo. Why? After all, doesn’t the Constitution protect free speech like …
The first word in the Uniform Code of Military Justices (UCMJ) is “uniform,” which doesn’t have to do with the wearing of military uniforms. “Uniform” means that the Code of Military Justice is supposed to be applied “uniformly” to all who serve in our armed forces and are, thereby, subject to its provisions. With that in mind, we come to the strange cases of retired Army Maj. Jim Gant, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who could possibly be tried under the UCMJ for desertion. (See: UCMJ Article 85.) Those who read Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan: …
For years my wife has said, “We should check out the fall colors in New England.” I totally agreed. She wanted to watch leaves turn red and I wanted to watch lobsters turn red. We compromised by planning a seven-day leaf-peeping, crustacean-eating contest along the north Atlantic Coast. The problem is that our dogs are borderline psychotic and we have two screaming feathered pigs that some would charitably call parrots. It’s easy to get someone to house-sit for us once. Not twice. We went through our contact list, searching for someone who hadn’t changed their number or weren’t blocking ours. …
History is about to made this Sunday, Jan. 25, and you can be a part of it. Winter Park’s first organized group Fat Bike ride is starting at 1:30 p.m. (have to specify as Fat Bike riders sometimes ride late into the night) at Hideaway Park (next to the Winter Park Chamber). Not only will you be part of a historic ride, you will get to ride singletrack Fat Bike trails made by a one of a kind 24-inch-wide groomer. While other resorts are embracing the competitive side of Fat Biking on limited options at cross country ski areas, we …
The author, most recently, of the novel “We Are Pirates” (and, as Lemony Snicket, numerous children’s books) likes to read Miss Manners.
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Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenage girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary and near perfect."
Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.
Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.
Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.
Nina Bunjevac tackles two troublesome subjects in Fatherland: Her Serbian nationalist father, and the occasionally violent, extremist history of his country — all in a controlled, icy-cool style.
Alan Cheuse reviews The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant.