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darlene-arden's picture
Mar.31.2011
After spending years with your cat, you may think you know everything there is to know about her. But here are 10 things that your favorite feline may not have gotten around to sharing with you. 1. A domestic cat can run about 31 mph. Running fast is something usually attributed to wild cats,...
will-durst's picture
Mar.05.2011
Congratulations from the United States of America to all our freedom loving brothers and sisters in Egypt and Yemen and Jordan and Oman and Tunisia and Libya and Iran and Bahrain and Morocco and Algeria, and maybe someday soon Saudi Arabia, for standing up to your dictatorial overlords and...
rebecca-wells's picture
Mar.02.2011
My heroine is Flannery O'Connor. Not just because she is one of the finest writers from my Southern homeland, but because she became a kind of patron saint for me in a sisterhood of suffering while I was writing my previous two novels, Ya-Yas in Bloom and The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder ...
bernice-l-mcfadden's picture
Feb.28.2011
Audre Lorde said, "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." It is this quote that always comes to mind when I think of my life as an American of African decent. I am quite sure that similar words were on the mind of...
will-durst's picture
Feb.26.2011
Doesn't matter which side of the budget battleground you stick your rhetorical bayonet in, one thing we can all agree on is ... our government is broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Stone broke. Like a ceramic pocket watch in a gravel blender broke. Destitute. Down and out....
matthew-biberman's picture
Feb.14.2011
We have no respect for Valentine's Day, and I think we should. Valentine's Day, understood correctly, is the most radical holiday of all. It is a day to celebrate love between humans. You can say that about Christmas, and Hanukkah, and Ramadan and Kwanzaa and every other holiday. You can say...
matthew-biberman's picture
Jan.23.2011
Amy Chua wants us to talk about how Americans should be raising their children. Are we too soft? Should we be tougher? People are taking sides. But I would submit that all this talk of so-called tiger mothers has less to do with being a parent and everything to do with what it means today to...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
Jan.15.2011
In the aftermath of the tragedy in Arizona, I watched as the portrait of Jared Loughner, the alleged assailant, began to emerge. It was predictable and painful. Another young man, whose gradual psychological deterioration appeared to have been recognized but apparently not treated, had allegedly...
matthew-biberman's picture
Jan.10.2011
The note said "I hope you die like that fat pig Ebert." The detective handed it back to me. We were sitting in my office at the University of Louisville. Someone, most likely a student in my Introduction to Humanities class, had left it for me to find. The detective said, "It's...
charles-davis's picture
Jan.10.2011
Writers are a curious breed. Most of us spend the greater part of our time discreetly observing the people around us, refraining from intruding on the conversation, but prompting others to speak, while we sit there, watching, watching, watching, always bloody watching, quietly taking mental notes...