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  • Paul Greenberg: The office

    The scene would be familiar to those of us of a certain age: a gray sea of metal desks at which clerks sit from 9 to 5 clacking away at typewriters or old-fashioned adding machines, making carbon copies (remember them?) of letters or records that no one may ever look at, or recording rows of figures to be filed away.
  • Great reads for dads

    Great reads for dads
    Father's Day is Sunday, and as always, I'm on the lookout for books that make great gifts. This year, I thought it would be fun to ask several dads around the Daily Press newsroom for suggestions. Here's what they had to say. From entertainment staff...

    The Biblioracle: The Mount Rushmore of American lit

    The Biblioracle: The Mount Rushmore of American lit
    Do you know the Mount Rushmore game? Essentially, you pick a category like, say, candy bars and decide which of them belongs on the candy bar Mount Rushmore. (For the record, the answer is: Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Kit Kat.)...

    In appreciation of Scott Spencer

    In appreciation of Scott Spencer
    He's best known for "Endless Love," a novel that immerses its readers in an intense, visceral meditation on first love, one much richer and more complex than either of the book's two film adaptations. (The first, uniformly christened a disaster by...

    Review: 'Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore' by Walter Mosley

     Review: 'Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore' by Walter Mosley
    In 2007's "Blonde Faith," fans of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries had a fright. They could never be sure, but it looked like Rawlins, an imperfect man driven to right the world's wrongs, was dead. Fate and Mosley weren't that cruel, and Rawlins...