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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Essays examine 'The Two Cultures of American Fiction'

 In 2010, Chad Harbach, a novelist and editor at the journal n + 1, published a musing on the ramifications of the rapid expansion of U.S. creative writing programs. In the essay, he posited that with teaching now a viable income stream for writers, two focal points for American fiction had emerged. He termed the
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Milwaukee native Andrew Starr loves chocolate. From his early days baking Toll House cookies with his mom, to years tweaking fudge recipes, Starr has turned love into vocation. Along with business partner Jennifer Spielman, Starr created Black Star Chocolates, a Denver-based company...
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Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010
Some would find a career as a competitive figure skating instructor at the Pettit National Ice Center sufficiently stimulating, but Angela Johnstad—or "Terror Lapinski," as she’s known to roller derby fans—added even more excitement to her life through roller derby. On the cusp of her fourth season...
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Monday, Dec. 7, 2009
By the time she hit college, social worker Carrie Silver-Stock knew she wanted to help teenage girls. After getting her master of social work, she started a Web site, girlswithdreams.com, hoping to foster a sense of community among young women otherwise lost in cyberspace. The site’s success proved...
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Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Tonight @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m.

It was just last year that Jeanna Salzer released her debut EP, Raindrops, a collection of jazzy, contemporary pop influenced by artists like Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, but the singer has made a quick...
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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
For Milwaukee-raised playwright and actor Sarah Moon, professional success is hardly the main objective. Though lauded for her work onstage and off, Moon found her true calling when cast in a little-known Tennessee Williams play about coal mining in 1930s Appalachia. After an eye-opening trip to Louisville...
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When I think of Lizz Wasserman, I think of the girl with whom I attended high schoola skinny, Sarah Jessica Parker-type wearing a skirt made of sewn-together men's ties she'd designed herself. Fast-forward a decade, however, and Wasserman runs the hip, eco-friendly clothing line called Popomomo. Featured...
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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Like all successful entrepreneurs, Wisconsin-born Barry Bursak knows opportunity when he sees it. Unlike many in the business world, however, he chooses projects that benefit the environment as well as his bank account. With his newest and perhaps most significant venture soon coming to fruition, Bursak and I...

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