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Questioning Vonnegut

November 8, 2011
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What would you ask Kurt Vonnegut if you had the chance?
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Enough Vonnegut?

January 25, 2011
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Yet another collection of unpublished material is being released. When is enough enough?
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The best of times for classical music?

July 20, 2010
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Stories from all over raise interesting A&E questions.
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Elmore Leonard and other top writers coming to town

July 15, 2010
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Author of "Get Shorty" and many more to cap impressive Fall lineup.
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Giveaway: Fundex Games' "Billionaire"

May 25, 2010
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Win one of a dozen copies of the new card game.
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Look who's talking: Neil Gaiman, Martin Sheen, and more

February 18, 2010
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Big name speakers coming to central Indiana.
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Seasons readings: New A&E books reviewed

December 28, 2009
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A Broadway yearbook, behind-the-scenes at a disco trendsetter, and more.
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'Kirkus' killed

December 11, 2009
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"Kirkus Reviews," one of the leading sources of book criticism, has folded. Why you should care.
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Notes from the blogroll

October 15, 2009
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"Carol" in Chicago with familiar faces, artists take on graffiti in Boston, and I strike out on this year's National Book Awards.
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Smoking pics, Julia Child, etc.

August 25, 2009
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In England, Lynn Barber, author of the memoir "An Education," withdrew from the Books Now festival because the event organizers refused to print her photograph in the program. Why?
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INtake/Indy.com/Metromix

April 30, 2009
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The free Thursday off-shoot of the Indianapolis Star is once again going through a name change. An editorial in today's edition of indy.com says that, in the renamed and redesigned Metromix, "we'll be hitting the topics you asked us to feature...
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Critic axed by Cleveland Orch?

April 3, 2009
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The fascinating story of the battle between The Cleveland Plain Dealer, its high-profile music critic, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra has been a long-standing buzz topic in the arts world. In short, critic consistantly writes negatively about maestro. Symphony pressures newspaper....
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Still reading magazines?

March 19, 2009
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Even with talk of the demise of print journalism, many of us still turn to magazines not just for information, but for pleasure. After all, you don't see any Kindles being sold at supermarket check-out lines. And so while they don't...
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Should libraries charge?

February 4, 2009
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Should libraries be charging for the hottest materials? The Dallas Public Library thinks so. It's slapped a $5 surcharge on a short list of bestsellers and new-release DVDs. You can find more details here. A slippery slope or a smart move? And,...
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Exec pay, Chicago discounts, etc.

January 20, 2009
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Occassionally, I like to devote a blog to connecting you to conversations on other blogs. It's that time again. Of course, feel free to comment here on anything you find out there (Hint: right click and open any link in another...
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Seeing Red (Skelton) in new bio

January 9, 2009
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In a previous blog, I mentioned reading "Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask" (Indiana Historical Society Press) by Wes. D Gehring. I was asked for some additional thought. Well, here goes: In the book, Gehring, a Ball State film professor...
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Arts once removed

January 8, 2009
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The British TV channel Sky Arts will be broadcasting English National Opera's production of "La Boheme." Nothing new there. The twist is that it will, simultaniously, broadcast a live, behind-the-scenes, view. See story here. If both were offered here, I'd guess that...
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How bestsellers are made

January 5, 2009
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Ever wonder how and why some books seem to come out of nowhere to become bestsellers? There's an interesting story you might have missed in Saturday's "Wall Street Journal." Find it here. In it, reporter Anita Elberse discusses the increased emphasis...
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Indianapolis Star arts coverage

December 7, 2008
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In Sunday's Indianapolis Star, editor Dennis Ryerson commented on staff departures, announcing that "Talk of the Town," Susan Guyett's former column, will continue with another TBA writer. And that Jay Harvey will take over arts reviewing. See the story More

Dark day for Indy arts media

December 4, 2008
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It's a sad day for Indianapolis media and for the arts as massive layoffs gut the Indianapolis Star. Whitney Smith: gone. Chris Lloyd: gone. Susan Guyett: gone. Abe Aamidor: gone.  My thoughts and best wishes go out to these and other talented former Star writers, editors...
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You-review-it Monday

November 2, 2008
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For me, the weekend included catching up with shows at the Phoenix and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It also involved stealing moments to read, flipping between David Wild's goofy new "He Is...I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying...
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Bookstore booze to be tested

October 30, 2008
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According to the Western Michigan Business Review, Schuler Books and Music in Grand Rapids (an outstanding locally owned chain) is looking to go beyond the cafe-and-sweet-treats ammenities that have become stapes in bookshops. The downtown store has applied for a...
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On celebrity interviews

October 28, 2008
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Peter Bart, one of the smarter guys in Hollywood, has an interesting blog over at Variety. His topic: Celebrity interviews. (Find it here.) In the piece, Bart elequently points out something I've felt for a long time now: That most...
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Emptying the arts notebook

October 24, 2008
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Today, some random notes from around the arts world: --Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune has an interesting item today about customer service in theaters. See it here. Have you had any overwhelming negative or positive experiences from the front-of-the-house...
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Haunt-ing for real reporting

October 23, 2008
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This is the time of year that otherwise respectable news outlets begin publishing or broadcasting stories about haunted houses--not just the "guy jumps out at you with a chainsaw" haunted houses but also the allegedly real ones.  Problem is, many of...
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