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A Modern Take on Austen

Books: ‘Eligible’

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How Theater Came to Sharon and Other Tales

Books: ‘Once a Pulp Man’

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Righting Wrongs And Other Entertainments

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Peter Steiner is a cartoonist, the one who made The New Yorker drawing of one hound telling another, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”  

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An Unsettling Tale, Honestly Told

Books: ‘What Was Mine’

Helen Klein Ross, a resident of Lake-ville, has  a new book out this week: “What Was Mine.” It is set in vibrant scenes in New York City, California, China and the New Jersey suburbs, and it is daring and remarkable. She is not afraid of violating  (successfully) the standard “rule” in fiction of maintaining a single, constant voice.  Instead she competently uses multiple voices of several characters which could confuse (even annoy) a reader. In Ross’s hands, amazingly, neither occurs.

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About Taming, and Nearly Wrecking, Litchfield County

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Among the six people recognized  by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council this year for contributions to Litchfield County was historian Peter C. Vermilyea. He teaches at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Western Connecticut State University, and he writes books about history that are a pleasure to read.

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Don’t Worry, It’s Star Wars Forever

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I’m a diehard “Star Wars” fan. I’ve seen the original trilogy dozens of times. I’ve seen the prequel trilogy ... well, let’s not talk about the prequel trilogy. 

A Man and His Team

‘The Flags at Shea’

For his 80th birthday, Frank Strauss, a courteous  and dapper fellow, chose to entertain his extended family at dinner in the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, NJ.    
   “It was perfect,” Strauss said. “We had the museum all to ourselves,” which gave Strauss ample time to pore over uniforms and gloves and bats and, most touching to Strauss, letters Berra wrote his wife while he served in the Navy during World War II.

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Got Hero Worship? . . . Well, Find Them All Here

About Comics: Darryl Gangloff

In 1994, my father fulfilled every kid’s dream when he opened a comic book store called the Comic Corner in Lakeville, CT. If you drove down Main Street in the mid-1990s, chances are you would have seen a giant Spider-Man balloon hanging outside our tiny shop.

The staff was comprised of my parents and my 11-year-old self. My “work” generally involved reading every comic possible — Spider-Man, the X-Men, Batman, Superman, the Flash, the Avengers, you name it.

A Word on Science And Governing

Books: ‘Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries’

It’s a staid title for an entertaining, sometimes zany, elegantly written and topical book: Tom Shachtman’s 38th, “Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment.”

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Games People Play, And Explain, To Their Children

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Minecraft is a game designed to foster creativity in its players. Do you want to make a small home for your character? How about a massive replica of the “Game of Thrones” map, or a working roller coaster? You can build any structure imaginable using Lego-like bricks and fight off creepers as you forage for materials — all while collaborating with other players online.