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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Also: South Milwaukee Public Library hosts renowned children’s book author

Joshua Ferris’ debut novel, Then We Came to the End, is not only a story of workers struggling through the daily grind of corporate America, it is also an engaging and bittersweet look...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Award-winning author at Boswell Books, 7 p.m.

By Ken Brosky
The first time I read a Sherman Alexie book, I was in my second year of college. We were looking at his book, Indian Killer, which somehow managed to touch on about a hundred different topics at once. A professor with a sconce of Indian blood in his body writes half-baked Indian novels. An adopted Indian attempts to come to terms with his white parents while working on skyscrapers in downtown Se...
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

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Edward R. Murrow's CBS Radio program "This I Believe" originally aired amid the alarm and suspicion of the McCarthy era. More than 50 years later it was revived on NPR during the similarly divisive post-9/11 era. The soothing tones of narrators who prompt reflection rather than dogma has buoyed the spirits of many a radio-listener flagging under the language of fear that's become the lexicon of our age. Last month the second compilation of essays from the series was published, named This I Believe II and edited by program producers Jay Allison and Dan Gediman...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Book Review

A few years ago, I had occasion to discuss the early development of The Letters of Allen Ginsberg (Da Capo) with its editor, Bill Morgan. We were having dinner in Manhattan's East Village, and I was curious about how Morgan was faring in the yeoman task of sorting through the mountains of Ginsberg's correspondence. As the poet's bibliographer, Morgan had spent more than a decade sorting through and cataloging Ginsberg's correspondence...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

(PublicAffairs), by Farnaz Fassihi

   In 2004 The Wall StreetJournal's Farnaz Fassihi sent an e-mail to friends and family in the States that went 'round the world, a description of just how bad life had gotten in Iraq under the U.S. occupation. The situation may have improved since then, at least provisionally and in degrees, but Waiting for an Ordinary Day stands as a...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

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During an interview earlier this year, Milwaukee Poet Laureate Susan Firer professed her goal to get more people interested in poetry-people who usually feel adrift in the aphoristic world of rhyme and cadence. This week her plan comes to fruition. On Thursday, Sept. 25, Firer and the Milwaukee Central Library host an inter-art collaboration between some of Milwaukee's most dynamic choreographers, poets and musicians.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Women of Italian film

   In his forward to Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema (University of Texas Press), filmmaker Guy Maddin writes beautifully, knowingly, about the female stars of Italian film before the coming of sound. Alas, he's not the author of the book. Diva is the work of Angela Dalle Vacche, film studies professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A thoughtful and intriguing account of feminine roles in a traditional society in transformation to modernity, Diva is mired nonetheless in academic cultural theory and overlooks anything...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Downer Avenue Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

UWM professor and political expert Mordecai Lee is an insightful presence on his frequent NPR appearances, where he breaks down political events in a way that even casual listeners can understand. For Lee’s latest book, however, Bureaus of Efficiency: Reforming Local Government in the Progressive Era, Lee embraces his wonky...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Brookfield Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

The title of Benjamin Mee’s new memoir sums up the gist deftly—it’s called We Bought a Zoo. In the book, British columnist Mee and his family purchase and move into a run-down zoo, with the intentions of fixing it up and opening its gates again. The process is made more difficult by Mee’s inexperience and the tragic death...
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

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The deployment of smear tactics and sex-centered propaganda in the run-up to the November election has helped eclipse some of the issues that genuinely deserve primacy on the public agenda. Speculation over Sarah Palin's ability to govern a region more populous than Alaska (not to mention concern over her shaky knowledge of the Jurassic period) has momentarily crowded out issues like immigration rights and border control . . .