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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

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

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

‘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

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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In the zone

Local author creates buzz about Dayton’s hockey history By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Dayton Gems goalie Pat Rupp (right) played one game with the Detroit Red Wings and played with the 1964 and 68 US Olympic hockey teams. Hockey fans are a unique breed. They travel great distances to pack noisy, drafty arenas—often trekking in the […]

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A twisted take

Local author looks west for dark first novel By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Ryan Ireland has always had a soft spot for western themes When you think of writers penning intellectual novels, books that offer imaginative as well as visceral thrills, you rarely think of books published in the Western genre. Posses and cattle […]

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Local author ‘keeps the ends loose’

Molly Campbell pens quirky coming-of-age novel by Tim Walker Photo: Local author Molly D. Campbell published her first novel, “Keep the ends Loose” in February Dayton author Molly D. Campbell’s new novel “Keep the Ends Loose” drew widespread interest long before its Feb. 24 release. Well-known writers such as Beth Hoffman, Robin Black and Anita […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]