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The last round


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Language lion

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Wright State professor John Haught’s heart beats for Honduras John Haught returned to Honduras, where he spent 10 years of his life, to develop strategies that focus on communicative language teaching; photo: Erin Pence By Jim Hannah The Central American nation of Honduras is in his blood. It was in Honduras where Wright State University […]

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A reader’s best friend


Children read to therapy dogs, other animals to improve skills A young reader enjoys time with Riley, a therapy dog at Wright Memorial Public Library; photo: Margaret Fogarty By Erin Callahan Many people could probably remember the feeling in elementary school, after flipping through a textbook or reading a book to find the right page, […]

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Master space opera


John Scalzi rides new wave to Antioch Writers’ Workshop at UD Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi bestows his teachings at Antioch Writers’ Workshop, this year at UD; photo: John Scalzi By Tim Walker Bestselling author John Scalzi, who has quickly become one of the biggest names in the world of science fiction, couldn’t be in […]

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Hillbilly wake-up call


J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy chronicles crackup of poor working-class white America Photo: Baldcypress trees dot Kentucky, where author J.D. Vance’s family would visit nearly every weekend and what served as material for his book By Ronald Bailey Read this remarkable book: it is by turns tender and funny, bleak and depressing, and thanks to Mamaw, […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]