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Volcanic voyage

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From the Philippines to Dayton, teacher Jamaica Siroky totes his world of literature By Jim Hannah Photo: Jamaica Siroky uses creative teaching methods at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School; photo: Will Jones   The cataclysmic 1991 eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines changed the course of his life. The second largest volcanic […]

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Hunting for monsters, truth

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Author, photographer Tony Urban maps ‘West Virginia’s Dark Tourism’ By Megan Constable Photo: Nearly 1,000 feet long, Flinderation Tunnel awaits anyone brave enough to enter; photo: Tony Urban The unexplainable was a “lifelong passion” for Tony Urban, who started out as a kid watching horror movies with his mom. After writing his first book, “Travelogue […]

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Jump back, honey

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A bend in the road with poet Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin By Whitney Bell Photo: Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin performs his own words and words of his inspirations to life; photo: Robert Barclay If you’re a poet, you know it’s an honor and privilege to meet Dr. Martin. If you’re not a poet, meet the […]

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Writing home

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Jewish author Ayelet Tsabari speaks about ‘The Best Place on Earth’ at Dayton Women’s Club By Terri Gordon Photo: Ayelet Tsabari talks about her life and ‘The Best Place on Earth’ at Dayton Women’s Club Dec. 8; photo: Sean Brereton Ayelet Tsabari is a woman torn. Born into a large family, she grew up in […]

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Travelin’ man

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Mechanicsburg author willing to go anywhere for his craft By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Shonkwiler kicks off his first book tour for “Above All Men” in a small, mining ghostown. What would bring a kid from Mechanicsburg, a town with one stoplight, to West Virginia, California, New Mexico, and beyond? “I follow what lets me […]

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Activism, art, language, and water

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Preserving and resisting at UD’s Native People of the Americas conference By Whitney Bell Photo: Writer and artist Heid Erdrich, Ojibwe, graces UD Nov. 14; photo: B-Fresh Photography Heid Erdrich is a writer, artist, teacher, and collaborator with two kids and a big family. She’s coming to the University of Dayton Nov. 14, as the […]

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‘My Fat Dad’

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Jewish Community Center dines in with New York Times author Dawn Lerman By Paula Johnson Photo: 2-year-old Dawn Lerman with her grandmother, whom she called ‘Beauty’ “My Fat Dad” is Dawn Lerman’s new memoir about how her father’s lifelong weight struggle defined her life from the young child who went on a diet roller coaster […]

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Close encounters of the bard kind

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]