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Is the Pope Catholic?

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Political cartoonist Ted Rall’s graphic Pope Francis biography Kettering native Ted Rall has published over 21 books, his cartoons and editorial column are widely syndicated, and he appears regularly as a cable news commentator. By Tim Smith Ted Rall is one angry dude. The award-winning graphic novelist, political cartoonist, and journalist has made a career […]

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Through cracked lenses

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David Sedaris’ dark humor illuminated at Springfield’s Kuss Auditorium The cracked lenses aren’t in David Sedaris’ spectacles… By Allyson B. Crawford We are living through a world of tension. Each day, we all step over political landmines, trying not to destroy what’s left of our friendships and family relationships while remaining true to our own […]

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#MeToo #MeToo #MeToo

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Moving on from pain and blame at Brightside Event Venue Co-founder of Empower HER Bridget Flaherty is curating MOVE: A Powerful Evening of Storytelling By Brittany Erwin Picture the best thing that has ever happened to you. Did you tell someone all about it with a smile plastered on your face, joy in your heart? […]

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Judge a song by its cover

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Author Ray Padgett tells the stories behind the greatest cover songs From “Hound Dog” to “Hurt,” Ray Padgett uncovers the great cover songs By Justin Kreitzer Some of the greatest, most beloved songs in rock history are cover songs and most of those songs, such as “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and “Hound Dog” by Elvis […]

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The last round

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Metaphorically Speaking’s farewell Battle of the Sexes (Clockwise from top left) Jay Martinez, Natasha R. Moreland Spears, Tony Nalls, and Frank Pitts, Jr. By Megan Garrison Just like cats and dogs or Venus and Mars, men vs. women is a battle as old as time. For Metaphorically Speaking, a collective of local artists and creative […]

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Words, words, words

2017’s big English language changes By Ron Kozar It was the first year of the Age of Trump. It was a year marked by a new militancy among blacks, pink-hatted feminists, and campus leftists. And it was the year the T in LGBT took the spotlight. As our culture begins clearing the wreckage from these […]

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Time through poetry

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Poet Whitney Bell discusses her unique poetry style Photo: Dayton-based poet, Whitney Bell’s newest book is titled “High Street to the Indigo Dream” By Brittany Erwin “But there is magic in the world, you know? You have to believe it. Skies, mirrors, eyes, music, drums, dancing.” This is Dayton-based poet, Whitney Bell, musing on some […]

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Local talent continues

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Author Tim Waggoner speaks at Dayton Metro Library Photo: Dayton horror/fantasy writer Tim Waggoner will speak at the Dayton Metro Library main branch this upcoming Monday By Tim Walker Ask your friendly, local book lover which American city has the strongest literary heritage or the most supportive community for its writers, and chances are good […]

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The Vegetable Butcher

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Eating clean and green with chef and author Cara Mangini Columbus chef and author Cara Mangini. Photo: Matthew Benson By Paula Johnson Most everyone is now becoming familiar with the trend towards “reducitarianism”, if not by the name then by concept – eating less meat. Whether it’s done for the health benefits or for concern for animal […]

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A new type of YA fiction

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Maggie Stiefvater visits Dayton to promote new book Photo: Maggie Stiefvater (center) and fans spray paint her car in resemblance to an earlier novel By Megan Garrison Young adult fiction is a genre that, in recent years, has been synonymous with vampires, werewolves, and post-apocalyptic worlds where a hero is needed to show people a […]

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What’s the message?

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Wright State professor Dr. Cheryl Meyer explores suicide note motivations Photo: Wright State’s Dr. Cheryl Meyer with her book “Explaining Suicide: Patterns, Motivations and What Notes Reveal” By Jim Hannah The last words of nearly 200 souls are snugged inside a crimson accordion folder on a bedroom floor in the home of Wright State University […]

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Trust your gut

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Wright State’s Dr. David Novick’s new guide to your internal health Photo: Dr. Novick does a book signing at the Booksellers at Fountain Square, Cincinnati By Tim Walker Looking good and feeling good are closely intertwined, and good health can manifest itself in many different ways. Too often, people who are concerned about their own […]

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The man who sold the world

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Getting to know Kurt in “Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters” Photo: Kurt Cobain, 2/20/1967–4/5/1994 By Tim Walker Kurt Cobain, 2/20/1967 – 4/5/1994. You hear his name and you picture his face, forever young. Flannel shirt. Unkempt hair. Haunted eyes. A rock star who should have been on top of the world, who had achieved […]

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The power of the pen

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University of Dayton Library hosts Rose Rare Book Collection Photo: William Shakespeare, 1632, second folio by Brittany Erwin Women (and our male allies) have been speaking truth to power for centuries, resulting in real and lasting systemic change. These powerful challenges began as an idea and were transformed into a piece of powerful, revolutionary writing. […]

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Reading one-handed: e-book erotica

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Local writer Tim Smith scores online with his sexy stories Photo: Local author Tim Smith By Tim Walker Remember the plain brown wrapper? There’s no denying that the digital revolution has changed the way the average person consumes his or her entertainment, and adult entertainment is no exception, especially when it comes to the written […]

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Off the shelf

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Authors Allison M. Dickson & Terry W. Ervin to visit Centerville Photo: Author Terry W. Ervin’s book Relic Hunted By Tim Walker Contrary to what you may have heard, books are far from dead. In a statement once made to WIRED magazine, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, “No one reads anymore. Forty percent […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]