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There's a line in the short story "Milton and Marcus," from Richard Russo's collection "Trajectory" (Knopf), that applies to all creative types: "The sad truth... [Read More]
There have been 21 musicians in King Crimson since the bands inception in 1968. The one constant in that nearly 50-year span has been guitarist... [Read More]
It's ostensibly a minor plot element in Isabel Allende's new novel, "In the Midst of Winter" (Atria). But the idea of a character getting to... [Read More]
The story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teenager lynched by two white men in Mississippi in 1955, is one of the darker episodes of... [Read More]
To call the Bindley Hardware Co. a country band is accurate in the same way that the Ohio is a river or JuJu Smith-Schuster is... [Read More]
Like many parents, Dave Minarik hoped his son Noah might take an interest in becoming a doctor or any other profession with some measure of... [Read More]
It's natural for children to pursue similar careers to their parents. Musicians, like athletes and actors, seem prone to produce children who follow in their... [Read More]
During an interview with a journalist from Time magazine in 1965, Bob Dylan was asked about songwriting. Dylan's answer was withering in tone: 'I got... [Read More]
As the former head of corporate development for Alcoa, Barbara Jeremiah knows the importance of location. Thus, when looking for a site to open an... [Read More]
Ulysses S. Grant is acknowledged as one of the greatest U.S. generals for guiding the Union Army to victory over Confederate forces during the Civil... [Read More]
While recording its fourth album, "Sun to Me," the band Donora produced up to three versions of the new songs. The version that ended up... [Read More]
There's a song on Colin Hay's new album, "Fierce Mercy," that pays tribute to his late mother. But "She Was the Love of Mine" was... [Read More]
While growing up, Bill Toms attended an evangelical church with his parents. Every Sunday he dutifully sat through sermons he didn't understand. What remains from... [Read More]
In 2010, legislation in Arizona banning ethnic studies in schools also included a list of prohibited books. Among the titles were "The Tempest" by William... [Read More]
If Jessica Lea Mayfield sought to bury her past, no one would blame her. Instead her new album, "Sorry is Gone," features songs that reflect... [Read More]
As summer gives way to fall and outdoor concert venues shutter their gates, it's time to catch up on recent music-related reading. Here's a musical... [Read More]
As summer gives way to fall and outdoor concert venues shutter their gates, it's time to catch up on recent music-related reading. Here's a musical... [Read More]
On Gogol Bordello's website, there's a mission statement that seems a bit rambling: "The troubadours of neo-authentics are comin' as a trans-global art syndicate family... [Read More]
Freelance writer and former Trib book reviewer Rege Behe has picked out five books you should look into this month. "Manhattan Beach" Jennifer Egan, (Scribner,... [Read More]
J.J. Hensley's new novel, 'Bolt Action Remedy' (Down andamp; Out Books) features a well-crafted and original story. That might seem to be a positive, but... [Read More]
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