Debra Vigstrom

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe was almost lost by London typists: the amazing story of the handwritten manuscript.

Chinua Achebe, who has died at the age of 82, was more than a novelist. He was a total man of letters, who wrote poetry and essays and oversaw a …

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies

<i>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from Lagos, Nigeria, on the death of one of Africa's greatest contemporary writers. Quoting his publisher, AP, CNN, and the BBC are reporting Chinua Achebe has died.</i><p>Chinua Achebe who taught at colleges in the United States made literary history with his 1958 …

Infographic: Mapping America’s Fast Food Regions

Steve Von Worley’s map reveals the curious contours of Beefspace.<p>Ours is truly a fast food nation–in America, McDonald’s alone serves 28 million people <i>a day</i>. And while you won’t have any trouble finding some sort of fast food wherever you are, you may have trouble finding your preferred eatery. …

Still a Fast Food Nation: Eric Schlosser Reflects on 10 Years Later

Ten years after his seminal book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser reflects on how little has changed in the production, safety, and consumption in …

Route 66 by Harley-Davidson

It doesn't get much better than a tour of America's most famous road aboard its most famous motorcycle.<p>They say you should never meet your heroes, and sometimes they're right. A few years ago I rode a Laverda Jota, the iconic muscle bike of my youth, and it was unspeakably crude even before it …

The Grapes of Wrath Movie Review (1940) | Roger Ebert

John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a left-wing parable, directed by a right-wing American director, about how a sharecropper's son, a barroom …

Route 66: The Haunted Stops Along America's Road

I decided to write Haunted Route 66 because I wanted to chronicle some of the more interesting and bizarre tales of the "Mother Road." However, the project took on a life of its own: Rather than simply collecting ghost stories, I found myself driving down a road -- metaphorically and physically -- …

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Swedish Academy reopens controversy surrounding Steinbeck's Nobel prize

Giant of American letters John Steinbeck beat the British authors Robert Graves and Lawrence Durrell to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1962, …

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

"The Worst Hard Time is an epic story of blind hope and endurance almost beyond belief; it is also, as Tim Egan has told it, a riveting tale of …