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What We’re Reading: Just Kids by Patti Smith

January 20, 2011 • 1 Comment

“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”—Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s Just Kids is a…

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On Writing: Caroline Leavitt and Jennifer Gilmore

1 Comment January 19, 2011 • 1 Comment

The lovely and amazing writers Caroline Leavitt (author of Pictures of You) and Jennifer Gilmore (author of Something Red) will read and discuss their latest novels in NYC at McNally Jackson on Tuesday, January 25,…

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Algonquin Test Kitchen: Red Velvet Cupcakes

No Comments January 14, 2011 • No Comments

It’s time for another exciting round of what is soon to be America’s favorite gameshow…Name That Substance!

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If you guessed leftover props from a Carrie remake or something I would have gladly put in…

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Booksellers Rock! Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage

No Comments January 13, 2011 • No Comments

What books recently rocked my world:
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The View From Lazy Point by Carl Safina – one of the best writers out there on the natural world, particularly oceans, this book is a careful observation…

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January 12, 2011

What We’re Reading: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

1 Comment January 12, 2011 • 1 Comment

Over the fall, while helping to search for quotes to accompany the spreads in Algonquin’s annual Out on the Porch calendar, I stumbled upon a passage from Breakfast at Tiffany’s that I couldn’t get out…

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Censor Huck Finn? Opinion Piece by Tayari Jones

2 Comments January 6, 2011 • 2 Comments

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the NewSouth is publishing an updated version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that omits racially sensitive words. We consider this completely backwards and can’t help but imagine…

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December 30, 2010

Nailing the New Year’s Resolution by Caroline Leavitt

1 Comment December 30, 2010 • 1 Comment

First let me say that a New Year’s resolution was my absolute last resort.  For years I’d been trying to stop biting my nails, a habit that seemed encoded in my DNA since childhood. I…

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Jewish Christmas Eve Lasagna by Lauren Grodstein

1 Comment December 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

Because nobody thought to tell me otherwise, I believed in Santa Claus until I was eleven. This is not because I was a particularly gullible child, I don’t think – it’s just that nobody ever…

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Another Late Christmas by Joseph Skibell

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Last week in group therapy, people were complaining about the upcoming holidays. It was the seventh day of Hanukkah – that night, we’d be lighting the menorah for the last night – so I wasn’t…

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O Christmas Tree by Jill McCorkle

No Comments December 27, 2010 • No Comments

It’s the week between Christmas and New Years. The joy and excitement (and stress) of Christmas are over, but the decorations can still be left alone. For now, at least. The New Year is just…

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