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Book Plug: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Book Plug

Boy, Snow, Bird By Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi wins this month’s award for “book I’m most curious about.” Her newest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird takes inspiration from Snow White and wicked stepmothers in order to launch a complex discussion about race, identity, beauty and suffering. The setting is 1950s New England. The title comes from […]

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Book Plug: B.J. Novak’s literary debut

Book Plug

In February, B.J. Novak made his literary fiction debut with One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, a collection of 64 darkly comic vignettes. Novak is most well known for his work as a writer, actor and producer of NBC’s The Office. His comedy writing chops shine bright as short fiction. One More Thing shares […]

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A – List: Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16

Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. If RAGBRAI is the established mid-summer bicycle event of Iowa–the mature elder–the Culinary Ride is the baby brother trailing along at summer’s end. The Culinary Ride pairs long-distance cycling with locavore ethics for a pleasant way to enjoy a Sunday. For those who register, Sunday, Sept. 16 […]

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Online Together

“There’s some wack shit floating round about social media making us lonely & isolated. Can’t make us what we already are,” tweeted @srharris19 on July 4. As internet giant Google rolls out its new social network, Google+, we’re given the opportunity to reinvent our strategy for using social media. Now is the perfect time to […]

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Crazy Ates

I ate peppers, I ate celery, I ate arugula… I made this dish one night after a day of ranting to myself that A) how the hell am I supposed to get the recommended 9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and B) what can I do to make celery actually taste *good*? My […]

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Zombie-flections

Seeing Zombieland last Friday was quite the treat. Jessie Eisenberg ‘s Michael Cera impression was spot on, so there were many moments to entertain my twenty-something female disposition. Regardless of that lovable effeminate geek-boy finding love theme that has been hot these past few years, zombies were still the star attraction of the film. They […]

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Vines of the Times

When considering the alcoholic beverage of choice for the evening here in Iowa City, only the hardcore eco-warriors factor in environmental sustainability. The hardcore are not surprised that wine shipped to the Midwest creates a smaller carbon footprint when it comes from Napa Valley than when it comes from Bordeaux. Nor are they surprised that […]

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Welp, honey, the cat circus is coming to town.

Okay, Melody. Breathe. CAT CIRCUS!! (Breathe.) COMING TO IOWA CITY!!!!!! (Breathe.) I will be counting down till October 4 (1 week & 4 days from today!) when the RockCats and Amazing AcroCats visit Iowa City and perform at the Unitarian Universalist church on 10 S. Gilbert Street. From her YouTube channel: Also known as the […]

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Talking Movies: Screening Evil

One morning in April, I went to take my dog outside before I had to leave for work. I stepped onto our porch on Iowa Avenue and saw a young skinny man standing still on the sidewalk across the street. A woman with a video camera stood at a distance from him. Moments later, the […]

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Homegrown Beats

Searching for homegrown hip hop in Iowa City anymore is like combing the desert for the Yeti. Now, granted, this is coming from a white girl who doesn’t go out much anymore, but Iowa City has seen surges of hip hop elements in these past 20 years that beg us to ask—the month GZA/The Genius […]

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My Second First Day

My arms are quivering a little while I type this–I just finished working out and my arms feel like Jello without the mold. I was supposed to have been working out all last week, but I had a couple of false starts. So today is technically my *second* first day. Team Little Village was a […]

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