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Sat June 25, 2011
Critics' Lists: Summer 2011

Three Critics Pick The Best Books For Summer

Chris Silas Neal

There are a couple of ways to approach summer reading. You can think of the long, hot days as the perfect time to kick back with an exciting plot-driven thriller by Stieg Larsson. Or you might feel that summer's leisurely pace gives you the space you need to take on a more challenging material.

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Sat June 25, 2011
Author Interviews

How A New York 'Murder' Sparked The Tabloid Wars

Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 5:16 pm

In 1897, New York was a town of many newspapers in which the New York World, the New York Journal, the New York Herald, the New York Post and more competed for the public eye.
Library of Congress

In summer of 1897, a group of New York kids found a headless torso floating in the East River. At first, the police thought it was a prank being played by medical students, who were known to leave cadaver fingers and limbs lying around just for laughs. But the next day, the lower torso and hips of that beheaded half-corpse washed up along the Harlem River, and it became clear that the wounds were the work of a malicious amateur.

Who cracked the case? Who scrambled facts, myth and suspicion through that boiling New York summer?

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Sat June 25, 2011
Music Interviews

'Mi Bossa Nova': A Lifelong Love Affair in Song

Carmen Cuesta's new album is titled Mi Bossa Nova.
Courtesy of the artist

In 1964, "The Girl From Ipanema" put bossa nova on the charts in the U.S. The song was composed by the godfather of the bossa nova, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and features the languid, lush, lovely saxophone stylings of Stan Getz. The hit was one of many collaborations between Jobim and Getz that would bring the intoxicating sounds of the bossa nova across borders — and into the life of a young Spanish singer named Carmen Cuesta.

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Fri June 24, 2011
Music News

Big Bill Broonzy: History's Musical Chameleon

Big Bill Broonzy's shape-shifting musical identity is documented in the book I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy.
Gerrit Schilp Redferns

Big Bill Broonzy was one of America's most popular blues musicians — a father figure to many blues legends and an acknowledged influence on rockers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. Yet Broonzy's life has remained something of a mystery until now. A new biography called I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy traces the musician's path from the rural South to the South Side of Chicago. Author Bob Riesman's decade of research has yielded some surprising results.

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Fri June 24, 2011
Garden Report

Nasty Hail Storm Made for a Busy June on the Farm

Photo Courtesey of Native Hill Farm

June has been a challenging month for the folks at Native Hill Farm.  Overnight they went from having a bountiful crop to having a mess to clean up.

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