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A Tale of Two Cons
November 13, 2012 No Commentby

A Tale of Two Cons

9 a.m., wolfing down a breakfast burrito, rushing over the suspension walkway toward the San Diego Convention Center, I end ...

Gotschall ‘Storytelling Animal’
May 19, 2012 9 commentsby

Gotschall ‘Storytelling Animal’

“Tell me a story.” Put on the spot like that, one’s mind tends to go blank. Based on the context, ...

Leith's 'Coincidence Engine' Digs Deep, Dark
May 3, 2012 11 commentsby

Leith’s ‘Coincidence Engine’ Digs Deep, Dark

Somewhere, the spirit of Douglas Adams is crying foul over Sam Leith’s new novel The Coincidence Engine. Lifting from the ...

Hayhurst Hurls Personal ‘Out of My League’
March 15, 2012 22 commentsby

Hayhurst Hurls Personal ‘Out of My League’

A female acquaintance of mine once complained about baseball that “All it is, is a bunch of guys standing around ...

Salve French Film Fest Grows
March 15, 2012 2 commentsby

Salve French Film Fest Grows

Film Festival Brings French Culture to Newport Salve Regina U brings a taste of French culture and film to Newport ...

O’Nan’s ‘The Odds’ Rolls Double or Nothing
March 1, 2012 33 commentsby

O’Nan’s ‘The Odds’ Rolls Double or Nothing

Two books take place simultaneously within the slim confines of Stewart O’Nan’s new novel The Odds. One tells the story ...

February Pin Up of the Month: Maryslayne
February 16, 2012 29 commentsby

February Pin Up of the Month: Maryslayne

Derby#: 420 Team(s): The Rats, The Killah Bees, and I am playing in my first Riveters bout this month..I’m so ...

Prov French Film Fest Holds Edge
February 16, 2012 No Commentby

Prov French Film Fest Holds Edge

From art & existential films to rock ‘n’ roll to lesbian vampires, Brown U continues bold programming As it enters ...

‘Lost Saints of Tennessee’ Find Redemption
February 16, 2012 21 commentsby

‘Lost Saints of Tennessee’ Find Redemption

There’s an iron fist inside the velvet glove that is Amy Franklin-Willis’ new novel, The Lost Saints of Tennessee, a ...

'Stranger's Child' Estranges Interest
January 19, 2012 20 commentsby

‘Stranger’s Child’ Estranges Interest

Boredom, identical in effect, is the offspring of a million causes. I can happily watch the moon rise over the ...