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by John A. Hodgson

Because I am a stalled biographer I have become a voracious reader of biographies. I read and read and read - to learn about the lives of the subjects but mainly to glean writing technique. I want to learn how to present history when the chronology isn't perfect, when the facts don't line up, and when the subject seems to have deliberately obfuscated the part of his life most tantalizing.

One...

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The Wrecking Crew was an informal name given to a group of Los Angeles based studio musicians who played on countless popular music releases of the 1960s and early 1970s. Although these union musicians stationed at Gold Star Studios had jazz and classical backgrounds, in the hands of Phil Spector, they became the new sound of pop in his “Wall of Sound” playing on popular radio songs by the Crystals, the Ronettes, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Righteous Brothers. Before overdubbing allowed fo...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Rebecca Kauffman The Gunners
Michael Nava Street people
Chuma Nwokolo The extinction of Menai
Tom Rachman The Italian teacher
Mark Sarvas...

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The Zinio for Libraries app will be discontinued in the near future. As a result, we need you to download the RBdigital app on your mobile device to access e-magazines. Your username and password will remain the same. You won't lose any of your previously checked out content.

 

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March 11, 2018 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ground breaking novel Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus. Described as the first and arguably most influential science-fiction story ever written, Shelley’s protagonist, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, has permeated “our everyday culture from cartoons to Halloween costumes. Even the name ‘Frankenstein’ has become a byword for evil scientists and dangerous experiments.”

Written in a...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Aminatta Forna Happiness
Keziah Frost The reluctant fortune-teller
Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds
Saad Z. Hossain Escape from Baghdad!
Bayard Johnson...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Hotel Silence
Lydia Davis The end of the story
Brandon Hobson Where the dead sit talking
Herman Melville Moby-Dick, or, The whale
Patrick Nathan...

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Be kind, and please rewind. Perhaps it has been a while since you’ve heard that phrase. Here at Mechanics’, we’d like to invite you...

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