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The Swampby Frank James So which dead British poet will Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich turn to next? At his press conference today following his impeachment, the first ever of an Illinois governor, it was Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses:" "That which......
The day David Foote had to admit that words were leaving him, he was standing at a blackboard at Lake Forest High School, lecturing on "Romeo and Juliet." Mercutio. Montague. Lady Capulet. He knew the characters as well as he knew his bow ties, but now,...
To the surprise of few, the state House Thursday passed the Parent Empowerment Act. By an 80-34 spread, lawmakers voted up the so-called "parent trigger' bill. The scornful proposal would arm parents with more firepower to put underperforming public...
An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
Sentinel School Zone - Orlando SentinelReport cards for Orange County Public Schools' 180,000-plus students have been delayed six days after a problem was discovered with some of the cards. As the district began to produce the report cards earlier this week, staffers discovered that credit...
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekGood Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Now we're hardly the type of blog who'd gratuitously start a class or generational war, but, man, do the Baby Boomers have a lot to answer for. Not only did they foist horrible Nora Ephron-penned......
Jacket CopyCold Comfort Farm: “Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons is a collection newly reissued by Penguin with an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith....
Sentinel School Zone - Orlando SentinelIn the past week, Orange County Public Schools has gotten a check for thousands of dollars from the Central Florida Educators Credit Union as part of a debit card program that has begun to show significant results. Though the the district and credit union...
Jacket CopyFive young novelists have been selected as the 2011 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation....
Opinion L.A.In Patt Morrison’s interview with W.S. Merwin, who just ended his term as the nation's poet laureate, she asked him why he thinks people cope with tragedy by writing poetry....
L.A. UnleashedPembroke Welsh corgi Sparky, the star of the almost criminally cute video above, apparently listened when his guardian told him that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. "Sparky loves his breakfast! He always dances for a little......
Pop & HissJohn Cale shows tenderness and emotion in performing his classic work at UCLA. On his 1973 orchestral-pop landmark, “Paris 1919,” John Cale pulled inspiration from all over the map: In addition to the title track and “Half Past France,” the......
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