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Thomas Murphy: A Novel

“The park is gray and I am blue, thinking about how long it takes to live a life, and what do you wind up with? Age. People say it’s unseemly to feel sorry for yourself, but I enjoy feeling sorry for myself. Who else would feel sorry for me?” So ponders poet Thomas “Murph” Murphy […]

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“Louisa Meets Bear” by Lisa Gornick

Call a book “chick lit,” and you aren’t exactly paying it a compliment. Which is why I’m a little worried Lisa Gornick’s fantastic new novel-in-stories, Louisa Meets Bear, might be saddled with that label. Not only are the author and one of the titular characters women, there’s also a female face on the cover. It’s […]

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Down with Homework!

Homework: bad idea or really bad idea? That’s a trick question. Homework is an awful idea. Not only have take-home assignments been proven useless (here’s where I’d cite the appropriate studies if I weren’t in Rolling Stone mode), they’re contributing to the breakdown of the family. At least of my family. Get within a five-mile […]

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