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KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING by Stanley Crouch

A veteran cultural critic and jazz historian tells the simultaneous stories of the rise of jazz and the emergence of one of its brightest comets, …

The Books We’ve Lost

Used-book stores are disappearing in our day at an even greater rate than regular book stores. Until ten years ago or so, there used to be a good …

CALIFORNIA in/and SCIENCE FICTION

<b>CALIFORNIA IN SCIENCE FICTION: THE FUTURE IS HERE</b><p>California has long been a place that writers figure as a dreamland, a wide open frontier for the …

Book News: Handwriting Offers Clues In Shakespeare Debate

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Scholars have speculated for centuries that parts of Thomas Kyd's play <i>The Spanish Tragedy</i> were written by William Shakespeare. Now, Douglas Bruster of the University of Texas at Austin says the handwriting and spelling …

Diary of an ice queen: The literature of the Amanda Knox case

Whether she’s guilty or not, there’s something about the accused murderess that will always arouse our suspicion<p>ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 1, 2007 in Perugia, Italy, somebody stabbed the 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in the neck. Her body was found in her bedroom half-naked and under a …

“But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the Führer wished it. That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.” In a 1944 letter, George Orwell explains his reasons for writing 1984. For more of this morning’s roundup, click here: http://tpr.ly/1bz5mHp.