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Paris Review - E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 101, Winter 1986<p>This interview on the craft of writing with E. L. Doctorow is one of the first in this series conducted in public—which it was, under the auspices of The Poetry Center, in the main auditorium of New York City’s famed cultural spa, the 92nd Street …

Literature

What You Should Cook in 1964, According to Vintage Bon Appétit

In 1964, the Beatles appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show. And what were those 73 million viewers eating? We take a look at 1964 issues of BA to find out<p>Fifty years ago this Sunday, John, Paul, George, and Ringo gave their first live U.S. television performance, appearing on <i>The Ed Sullivan Show</i> in …

Porcupine

5 Unique Ways to Decorate for Christmas

These ideas are all out of the box.<p>From silk flowers as ornaments to feathers in a garland, these decorating ideas are creative, unexpected, and sure to wow.

George Zimmerman never saw Trayvon Martin

Instead he encountered a black trope, a figure occupying the anxiety-ridden terrain of the white imagination<p>THE FLORIDA JUDICIAL SYSTEM got it right. George Zimmerman did not murder Trayvon Martin. Ask Cedric Powell.<p>Cedric Powell, a tenured African American law professor at a major university in …

Associated Press News

Everything You Need to Know About Detroit's Bankruptcy

Here's how the Motor City got here, and where bankruptcy could take it<p>Reuters<p>After decades of decline, Detroit is broke. On Thursday, the Motor City filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on its $18 billion of debt, and faces a future where only one thing is certain: lots of …

Drivers may see even more pain at the pump

Taking that affordable summer road trip—or just driving around town for errands—might suddenly be a budget buster, due to rising gas prices.<p>On Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hit $3.61, according to AAA. That's up 14 cents from a week ago, and the largest …

Oil

Not a Filibuster Problem, a Nullification Problem

A shift from race-animus to poverty-animus. Or maybe they overlap.<p>I mentioned last night, just before a surreal immersion in <i>Sharknado</i>, some of the reasons to be concerned about a governance system many of whose members are uninterested in or actively hostile to the very idea of governance. For a …

Yes, You Should Be Totally Outraged By the Farm Bill

It's not just a microcosm of congressional insensitivity and bad economics. It's a small moral play about the role of money in politics.<p>Reuters<p>The farm bill passed by the House of Representatives yesterday is pretty much a disgrace. Republicans took legislation that had historically been 80 percent …

Wastewater Wells, Geothermal Power Triggering Earthquakes

The continental U.S. experiences small earthquakes every day. But over the past few years, their numbers have been increasing. Geoscientists say the new epidemic of quakes is related to industrial wastewater being pumped into underground storage wells.<p>Now there's new research that reveals two …

John Kerry's wife moves to rehab hospital

BOSTON (AP) — Teresa Heinz Kerry has been moved to a rehabilitation hospital in Boston as the condition of the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry continues to improve.<p>State Department spokesman Glen Johnson said Thursday that doctors have determined that the 74-year-old Heinz Kerry suffered …

Lac-Mégantic locals paint picture of a terrified train driver

His face gripped with terror, the train driver sprang out of bed at the inn where he'd retired for the night and raced to the scene of an impending catastrophe in the town that served as his second home.<p>Several people in Lac-Mégantic painted a portrait Thursday of the friendly anglophone railman …

This Supreme Court is a disgrace

People are celebrating it today. But yesterday’s voting rights call was one of the worst SCOTUS ones ever (UPDATED)<p><b>Update</b>: Sure enough, four of the Roberts Five cast dissenting votes in the DOMA case that are completely impossible to reconcile with the legal principles they asserted in Shelby …

Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin

The organism, discovered just five years ago, is closely related to the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.<p>A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K.<p>This is the first time that this mold, called <i>Phytophthora …

ABC Cocina: Great Seasonal Latin, If You Can Stand the Wait

ABC Cocina<p>38 East 19th St New York, NY 10003‎ (b/n 5th and Park; map); 212-677-2233; abccocinanyc.com<b><br>Setting:</b> What's that? I can't hear you!<b><br>Service:</b> Looks good, tries hard, falls short<b><br>Compare To:</b> Spice Market, Dos Caminos, ABC Kitchen<b><br>Must-Haves:</b> Pea guacamole, short rib tacos, patatas bravas, sugar …