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Emily Dickinson – Her True Self from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo . Flash Rosenberg is a visual artist, photographer, performing artist, writer, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She often signs her name with exclamation points and cares for three pet turtles that she rescued from a soup pot in Chinatown...
Today is a double dose of fabulous for reading lovers everywhere: not only is it Dr. Seuss’s birthday, but it’s Read Across America day ! Hosted by the National Education Association ---known around these parts as “the other NEA”---Read Across America is a literary celebration that encourages...
White Heat book cover. Book cover courtesy of the Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley When I think of Mark Twain, three bushy/unruly images come to mind: white mustache, white eyebrows, and white Einstein hair. But now, having worked on The Adventures of Tom...
Ursula K. Le Guin. Image by Marian Wood Kolisch Ursula K. Le Guin radically transformed the power and integrity of fantasy fiction when she flipped the idea of race on its head in her landmark work, A Wizard of Earthsea . As writer Walter Mosley observes in our Big Read audio documentary about...
Sun, Stone and Shadows is the Big Read selection chosen by the Kenosha Public Library. They’ve teamed up with not-for-profit visual arts organization Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, Inc. , located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for an exhibition of locally-made artwork inspired by this collection of...
Lee E. Ernst as Atticus and Mallorey Wallace as Scout in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Harper Lee’s and Christopher Sergel’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo by Michael Brosilow This week, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater kicked off its production of To Kill A Mockingbird , directed by...
Ernest Hemingway's study in Key West, Florida. Photo by A.N. Devers My freshman year dorm was nothing special. It was old and musty (moldy might actually be a better word), and I lived in a too-small space with two other girls. But there was one feature that mitigated every annoyance, and imbued...
An old cover to Henry James's Washington Square , courtesy of Wikimedia According to author Cynthia Ozick , " Washington Square is a novel about imposture, about people who pretend to be what they are not." Take a listen, she'll tell you. Her insight is reinforced by two remarkable Oscar winners,...
This week, we marked the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe who was born on January 19, 1809. We tend to think of Poe as a master of gothic fiction creaky with horror or as a poet mourning a lost love in language that is lushly beautiful. These descriptions are accurate, as far as they go, but that’s only...
Book cover used courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York. Though The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is set in a small mill town in the late 1930s, it could have been written today. The ambitious book touches on a wide range of issues and social ills that still plague present-...

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