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Fahrenheit 451

September 25, 2007 Hartland, Michigan "Road work ahead," say many of the signs in Michigan -- the unofficially nicknamed Orange Barrel State, I'm told -- and truer bumblebee-colored words were never posted. So much roadwork will define this blog/job this fall that they aptly combine into one...
September 11, 2007 Brunswick, Georgia If a native of Savannah is a Savannan, is a native of Charlotte a Charlatan? I just flew from one to the other, and in an hour I leave for Washington. Ordinarily it can be tough to do a Big Read justice if I wait beyond the next morning to write up my...
September 7, 2007 Washington, DC "I've always liked listening to the radio...That's one of the reasons why in a lot of my books there's somebody listening through a wall to somebody talking. Somebody's always talking in another room. Maybe that's the radio." -- Ernest J. Gaines I don't trust a...
September 4, 2007 Washington, DC "I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths." --Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 Have you heard the good news? According to the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll, 1 in 4 Americans didn?t read a book last year. Drinks on me! Er?what? This news doesn?t make you want...
July 19, 2007 Washington, DC ?Mom, which one of us do you love best?? It?s a question my mother would never answer, but each of us had our suspicions -- depending on which of us had just pitched marbles into her demitasse set (oldest brother), taken the pinking shears to her hand-sewn curtains to...
April 27, 2007 Miami, Florida "And God keeps his appointment with Miami every sundown. Berthed on the east of Biscayne Bay, I can look to the western side, which I never fail to come top-side and do around sunset. Thus I get the benefit of his slashing paint brush all the way?The show is changed...
February 22, 2007 St. Louis, Missouri Boon's Lick residents showed an eagerness for literary greatness when they included among their Fourth of July toasts in 1817: "The Territory of Missouri -- may it become the Nursery of Literature." -- The WPA's Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State It's not...
February 21, 2007 St. Louis, Missouri A short post today to reflect a shortish day yesterday, begun with Washington University's frank, funny Cheryl Adelstein picking me up at Lambert Field, then ended a few hours later with Lowell Bergman's Frontline lullaby for my former profession, newspaper...
January 23, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon For, generally, the writer believes that long after the best road of his day has been supplanted by a straighter and wider one, and long after the highest building has crumbled with time or been blown to bits by air bombs, this book will remain. And the makers of...
January 22, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon ENTERPRISE...(3,755 alt., 1,379 pop.), living up to its name, is the bustling trade center for ranchers in the Wallowa Valley. . . -- Oregon: End of the Trail, The WPA Guide , 1934 Forgive another dateline opener, but this one's just too good to pass up: I'm...

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