Tag Archives: literati

Close encounters of the bard kind


40th annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference at Wright State By Gary Spencer Photo: Actress Carla Bennett in the Gershwin musical Crazy For You at the Stratford Theatre Festival, who also teaches workshops at ‘Encountering Shakespeare’ “To be or not to be?” That is definitely not a question when it comes to the annual Ohio Valley […]

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The love craft


Dayton scribes twist reality in new books By Tim Walker Photo: “Eat the Night” by West Milton’s Tim Waggoner, coming out this November; “A Natural History of Hell” by Jeffrey Ford; and “Squirm With Me,” the newest novel from Andersen Prunty It happens every year at this time—the days get shorter and nights grow cooler, […]

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Growing men


Untangling masculinity in ‘Of Beards and Men’ By Ehron Ostendorf Photo: Roman Emperor Hadrian represents an example of the associations of facial hair with power in Christopher Oldstone-Moore’s ‘Of Beards and Men’ Professors face the challenge of making content engaging for their students, prone to boredom in large lecture halls. Christopher Oldstone-Moore, Ph.D., wanted to […]

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Beyond civilization


A brutal journey into the desert and the monster within By Brittany Erwin photo: Frisco, Utah, where the Jacobyites call home in ‘Ghosts of the Desert’; photo: Steven Poelzing Imagine you are kidnapped by desert-dwelling hermits. You live among them, rob graves together, and even commit murder as you succumb to being a member of this […]

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Hot between the covers

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Local erotica writers keep the pages turning By Tim Walker Photo: NSFW Warning: The image above may be inappropriate for some readersTim Smith (top left) and Andrea Smith (bottom left) write novels that stimulate the brain; photos courtesy of the authors “The brain” may not be the first answer that comes to mind when people […]

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Queer Couplings


Between the sheets of queer lit, now and then By Dr. Pj Carlisle This is not just another LGBTQI reading list. It’s a raucous, cross-talking, ethnically diverse, queer queue of books for anyone. A party in the streets that lingers, surges, seethes. Not a top-10 parade of bestsellouts. These books, in their couplings—like the hook-up […]

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Lost gems in your record bins


Music critic Greg Prato explains what you’re missing By Justin Kreitzer Long Island, New York-based music critic and author Greg Prato recently released a new book titled, “Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention.” Previously his writing has been featured in Rolling Stone and he has written books about Primus, Faith No More, the grunge […]

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Defending food


Michael Pollan talks food and nutrition at UD’s speaker series By Paula Johnson Michael Pollan has become America’s foremost leader in food philosophy, examining the social and political forces that shape our food production, and writing and speaking about the implications of what and how we eat. He will be appearing at The University of […]

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Violence in our streets


Author Daniel Baker offers unique perspective on social unrest By Tim Walker “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America” is a recently published book by local writer and retired Dayton Police Officer Daniel L. Baker. The book deals with timely subjects that easily could have been ripped from today’s […]

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Dickinson speaks

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WSU students take charge of The Emily Dickinson Journal By Jim Hannah Two Wright State University English literature students are helping edit scholarly articles from around the world submitted to The Emily Dickinson Journal—the only publication devoted to the poet’s writing. Last year, the Department of English Language and Literatures in Wright State’s College of […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]