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Joni Mitchell, Tom Hanks, and Gabrielle Union: This Week’s New Releases

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“By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong…” Joni Mitchell inspired more than just other female recording artists – she is still to this day one of the best and most influential songwriters in the world. She contracted polio at the age of nine, which ended her athletic lifestyle, and forced her to turn to academics and literature. Though she didn’t take to formal education, she was inspired to write poetry, which was perhaps the first form her lyrics took. Now a nine-time Grammy winner, she has allowed her musical tastes and genres to evolve, but in our opinion, her 1971 album Blue is still the best. This week, Joni Mitchell’s biography Reckless Daughter has been…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 134: Literature as a Reflection of Society – Interview with Dr. Sally Parry

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In this week’s timely episode on DIY MFA, Gabriela Pereira interviews Dr. Sally Parry, Executive Director of the Sinclair Lewis society. They discuss Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here and talk about the role of literature in activism and how books can be more than simply a reflection of society.

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