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  • Editor's choice: 'Florence Gordon' by Brian Morton

    Editor's choice: 'Florence Gordon' by Brian Morton
    As college students around the country debate whether to continue the tradition and stage a Valentine's Day performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" or cancel it for good, I found myself wondering: "What would Florence Gordon think?"
  • Kenan Heise releases autobiography

    Kenan Heise releases autobiography
    A few hours before an interview to talk about his just-published autobiography, "He Writes About Us," Kenan Heise sent an email that framed the conversation. "You cannot keep a job as an obituary writer for 15 years unless you believe people are...

    Review: 'Refund' by Karen E. Bender

    Review: 'Refund' by Karen E. Bender
    The tales told in Karen E. Bender's "Refund," a collection of stories that centers on money and family, are exquisitely composed portraits of modern life, and chances are you will encounter characters that remind you a little or a lot of yourself. That'...

    Comic book roundup: 'Syllabus' by Lynda Barry, more

    Comic book roundup: 'Syllabus' by Lynda Barry, more
    Carl Barks' Duck by Peter Schilling Jr., Uncivilized, 122 pages, $12.95 "My cartoons weren't good," a Mickey Mouse doppelganger cheerfully declared on a recent episode of "The Simpsons." "They were just first." Fortunately, Disney's questionable quality...

    Review: 'Unbecoming' by Rebecca Scherm

    Review: 'Unbecoming' by Rebecca Scherm
    By the end of Rebecca Scherm's debut novel, "Unbecoming," the protagonist, Grace, has transformed herself from a small-town sweetheart into an ice-cold international jewel thief. Yearning for a sense of belonging, Grace is a thief, not just of beautiful...