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  • Literary journalism finds new platforms

    Literary journalism finds new platforms
    When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went to Japan this spring to report on the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant from inside the contamination zone, he did what any journalist would do. He bought a dosimeter to chart the radiation. He took "Cold War-era iodide tablets," which made his tongue tingle and left him with a rash. He decided to ignore statistics or official statements in favor of his observations, his conversations with survivors, his impressions: a kind of overview. "The stunning capacity of the Japanese official to say absolutely nothing," he writes, "is matched only by the absurd degree of trust that his public places in him."
  • Linking religion and culture

    Linking religion and culture
    Roger Chapman Title: Associate professor of American history, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach. Other job experience: Former reporter for weekly newspaper in Maryland; Former Bible and social science teacher at Inter-American School,...

    "Stet: An Editor's Life" by Diana Athill

    "Stet: An Editor's Life" by Diana Athill
    "Stet: An Editor's Life" By Diana Athill Grove Press, 256 pages, $13 When people you respect - and like - recommend a book, don't delay, lest you find yourself full of reproach for missing it. That's how I now find myself about this memoir, which came...

    Chicago is 'Boss' star Troy Garity's kind of town

    Chicago is 'Boss' star Troy Garity's kind of town
    After filming NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and Starz’ “Boss” in Chicago over the summer, Troy Garity misses the city. “I’m going through total Chicago withdrawal at the moment,” Garity, who also filmed...

    The best presents for the book nerds on your gift list

    The best presents for the book nerds on your gift list
    It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011) The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...