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  • Interview: Author Junot Diaz

    Interview: Author Junot Diaz
    Junot Diaz is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, as well as the short story collections Drown and, most recently, This Is How You Lose Her —- a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He's a professor at MIT, a MacArthur "Genius," and the first Latino to sit on the Pulitzer Prize board of jurors. Still, the Dominican-American writer graciously took the time to answer a few of my questions via e-mail amidst a rigorous teaching schedule and a national paperback book tour (he'll be stopping by Yale University on Nov. 12 and Naugatuck Valley Community College on Nov. 14). We managed to cover the meaning of art, some of the quirks of his reoccurring narrator Yunior, and I even did my best to coax a little writing advice out of him.
  • 'Broadway Idiot' Offers a Backstage Pass to Green Day Play

    'Broadway Idiot' Offers a Backstage Pass to Green Day Play
    The point of assembling Broadway Idiot, a new documentary opening on Friday, Nov. 22 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, one quickly realizes, was to get people excited about the newest touring season of American Idiot, the musical, which commenced in Portland,...

    A CT Filmmaker Explores the Korean War

    A CT Filmmaker Explores the Korean War
    Sixty years have now passed since the shooting stopped on the Korean Peninsula. The body count remains stunning. More than 36,000 dead American soldiers; another 103,000 wounded, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. South Korean military...

    Raising An Olympic Contender

    Wow...yesterday was an incredibly tense day for parents of Olympians.  Clearly visible on TV, the emotions on Debbie Phelps' face were almost palpable: exultation, followed by confusion and then acceptance as she watched her son Michael...

    Bun Lai, Bill Taibe Tapped As James Beard Award Semifinalists

    This year's list of James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef semifinalists is in, and two Connecticut chefs are in the running for one of the food and beverage world's highest honors. Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi in New Haven and Bill Taibe of...