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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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Behind the bookcase

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Mark Martel’s ‘Dayton’s Children’ reinvents By Mark Luedtke Photo: Aeronautical engineer Maude Elsa Gardner (left) and chemist Thomas Midgley Jr. (right) from ‘Dayton’s Children’; photos: Mark Martel Few people know many of the technologies they use every day were invented in Dayton. Mark Martel wants to fix that. Martel published a history of the fascinating characters […]

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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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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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Sound the alarm

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Kiera Cass brings ‘The Siren’ to Books & Co By Emma Jarman Themes in young adult fiction have trended toward the otherworldly supernatural as of late, evidenced by the raging popularity of series such as Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. New York Times bestselling author Kiera Cass’s latest publication, “The Siren,” is another […]

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Seeing red

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‘Red Combines’ provides colorful display of agricultural historyBy Lauren Adams Photo: “Red Combines 1915-2015” is available for purchase on Amazon.com By Lauren Adams A few months ago, a friend and I debated the merits of an e-book versus a “regular book.” I’d decided that I didn’t care what format it was in, as long as […]

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Murder, she wrote

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Local author JJ Philips sheds light on new novel By Gary Spencer Photo: JJ Philips, author of “Parental Bloodshed”; photo: Chet King of Hexfyre Photography Horror fiction, be it in cinematic or literary form, has been a popular form of entertainment since it first saw the light of day. However, over the years horror has […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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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

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

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]