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“Joni on Joni:” Portrait Of An Artist Through Interviews

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She’s been called bragging and scornful, philosophical and deep, and also a beguiling flirt.  All those sides show up in a fascinating anthology of Joni Mitchell’s most illuminating interviews titled Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell (Chicago Review Press), edited by Susan Whitall, writer and editor of Creem magazine. The interviews span the years 1966 to 2014 and cover everything from her friends to her insights to her music. Collectively, the material paints a revealing picture of the artist. Few artists of the 20th century are as intriguing as Joni Mitchell. She was a solidly middle-class, buttoned-up bohemian, an anti-feminist who loved men but scorned free love; and a female warrior taking on the male music establishment.…

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New Books About Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and President Obama in Time for Black Friday Shopping

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This is a big week for shopping and for books and so is our round-up of new releases! While you are making your shopping list (and checking it twice), here are some nice, naughty and feel good books to check out this weekend. Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers), Pete Souza Pete Souza, who served as the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, was able to capture much more of Obama as a public figure. Now, in his new portrait book, Souza has compiled photographs specifically for young readers, showing Obama as a man who served as an inspiration to generations of people. Behind-the-scenes stories and photographs of the family are included as…

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Biloxi Blues: School District in Mississippi Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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This past weekend, the film Marshall opened in theaters starring Chadwick Boseman. Marshall chronicles one case in the early career of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  The case, prior to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case Marshall presented before the high court and won, saw him defending a black man (played by Emmy winner and breakout star of ‘This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown) falsely accused of raping a white woman in Connecticut in 1940. Watching this little-known case in Marshall’s career play out on film, one cannot help but to recall how similar cases of false rape accusations of black men by white women have been portrayed in film (Rosewood comes to mind) and in literature. While rape…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Bob Dylan Shocks with Nobel Win; Elena Ferrante’s Secret Identity is Revealed; Reese Witherspoon’s Lifestyle Book; Dumbledore and Fantastic Beasts

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The past few weeks have been pretty exciting in the world of books, filled with shock, awe and secret identities. Here are those stories and more in this week’s book news roundup: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, indeed. Much to everyone’s surprise, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, October 13. The choice has sparked a hot debate among literary circles. After all, Dylan is a songwriter, and many don’t believe that lyrics should count as poetry. Others are throwing their support behind Dylan, pointing out that his lyrics are poetry, and that he more than deserves the award. Dylan also beat out hopefuls and literary giants Don DeLillo and…

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If You’re Going to Desert Trip, You Want to Read Chris Formant’s ‘Bright Midnight’

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Author Chris Formant has a crazy theory: what if the 27 Club’s Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Jim Morrison were all murdered? His upcoming novel, Bright Midnight (Highline Editions, November 9, 2016) takes readers on a journey with an aging rock journalist coming across explosive evidence behind the truth of the Myth of 27. His book transports us to a period in time saturated in mystery and modern American mythology. Much of the mystique of the wandering troubadour lives on in the souls of today’s aged rockers. Rock ‘n’ roll music has changed drastically with the emergence of punk, grunge, emo and alternative. Millennials like myself remember the days listening to the biggest hits of the…

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How ‘War Babies’ like Al Pacino changed America

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Don’t look now, but a new generation of Americans is taking over—taking over our politics, our lives and our very culture. That’s right, the Baby Boomers, the group about which so much has been written and discussed, is slowly losing its once iron-clad grip on the way our society is run as it gives way to Generation X. You can see the effects of that change everywhere, from politics to movies to music. And right behind Gen X are the Millennials, waiting to have their turn at the forefront of civilization. There’s a generation, however, upon which our current society was built, a generation without whose contribution America would be a vastly different place. It’s a generation that author and…

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