Richard Olson

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Clintons return to political storm

<b>(CNN) —</b> The optics could hardly be worse.<p>Three weeks from the Democratic National Convention as most Americans are jamming airports, firing up the grill or looking forward to Fourth of July fireworks, Hillary Clinton was at FBI headquarters -- for a full three and a half hours -- answering …

Government

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

• <b>Author:</b> Emma Hooper<p>A gorgeous literary debut about unlikely heroes, lifelong promises, and last great adventures.<p><i>Otto,</i><p>The letter began, in blue ink,<p><i>I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the</i> <i>truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back.</i><p><i>Yours</i> …

Only Time Will Tell

• <b>Author:</b> Jeffrey Archer<p>From the internationally bestselling author of <i>Kane and Abel</i> and <i>A Prisoner of Birth</i> comes <i>Only Time Will Tell</i>, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.<p>The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s …

A Visual History of Typewriter Art from 1893 to Today

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard observed in 1908 in what became one of history’s finest definitions of art. Hubbard was writing at the dawn of an unusual new art form, wherein artists were appropriating a new <i>thing</i> — a trailblazing technology — to find a new way of making art. The …

A Brief History of the Toilet

<i>“Civilized man has always been outraged by what he sees, or else there would be no civilization,”</i> Norman Mailer once wrote. And, in fact, among the greatest feats of civilization is a technology that has enabled us to get one of humanity’s most primal yet most outrageous sights as far away from us, …

Mr. Bliss: Tolkien’s Little-Known Children’s Book for His Own Kids, Lovingly Handwritten and Illustrated by the Author Himself

<b>J.R.R. Tolkien</b> firmly believed that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and yet, unbeknownst to most, he joined the ranks of famous authors of literature for grown-ups who wrote little-known children’s books — including Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Virginia …

The Lion and the Bird: A Tender Illustrated Story About Loneliness, Loyalty, and the Gift of Friendship

Once in a long while, a children’s book comes by that is so gorgeous in sight and spirit, so timelessly and agelessly enchanting, that it takes my breath away. <b>The Lion and the Bird</b> (<i>public library</i>) by French Canadian graphic designer and illustrator <b>Marianne Dubuc</b> is one such rare gem — the tender …

May 9, 1933: Helen Keller’s Scorching Letter to the Nazis about Book-Burning, Censorship, and the Inextinguishable Freedom of Ideas

In 1933, as the Nazis began taking over Germany, their parasitic despotism spared no effort in co-opting the country’s people, ideas, and culture. Among the many oppressive tactics was a command to destroy all books deemed to reflect an “un-German spirit.” Nazi leaders enlisted mobs of students in …

How to Pitch Yourself: Young Eudora Welty’s Impossibly Charming Job Application to The New Yorker

<i>“Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, ‘Yes! I dare disturb the universe,'”</i> Madeleine L’Engle riffed on T.S. Eliot in her magnificent meditation on creativity. But in the quest to find fulfilling work, we stand in our own way …

Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” Reimagined in Beautiful Illustrations by Artist Allen Crawford

Visual artists have long been drawn to the literary classics, producing such masterful homages as William Blake’s paintings for Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i> and for Dante’s <i>Divine Comedy</i>, Picasso’s drawings for a naughty ancient Greek comedy, Matisse’s etchings for <i>Ulysses</i>, John Vernon Lord’s illustrations …