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Vowell Language

Writer and social commentator Sarah Vowell, known for her contributions to public radio’s “This American Life,” has made good use of her droll sense of humor and distinctive voice in the past. She’s managed to take subjects as difficult as the Trail of Tears and presidential assassinations (the subject of her New York Times best-seller, […]

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Prairie Pop: Turn Off Your Radio

Copyright infringement, billboard “alteration,” an evil secret society known as the Illuminati, country music legend Tammy Wynette, the incineration of £1,000,000 in cash, and—most recently—No Music Day. These odd, interconnected events were engineered by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, an anarchic British pop duo who used several pseudonyms, including their most well known moniker, the […]

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The Sit Down with Laurel Snyder

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” –Madeleine L’Engle Laurel Snyder earned her master of fine arts in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2000. She is the author of two recently released children’s […]

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Crafty: The Gift of Yarn

Knitting and crocheting have undergone a startling social transformation in the last decade. No longer an outdated craft your grandmother taught you one rainy afternoon, it’s now the new way to express your creative side. My personal conversion probably had something to do with the fact that my long-time boyfriend’s family switched to handmade Christmas […]

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3 Wishes For Our Next President

Like the rest of the media elite, we here at Little Village are in the can for Obama. The reasons are myriad, but we’ll spare you the details because you could find similar endorsements on the pages of most newspapers in America­—an astounding 75 percent of them favor Obama as we go to press. Still, […]

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Three Days on One Chicken

The economy is in shambles. Prices of everything are going up. K-Mart has brought back layaway plans. KFC is advertising that you can’t make their seven-piece “meal deal” at home for as cheap as you can get it at their place. I beg to differ. As I recently told my children as they headed off […]

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Inked Up

It’s always a pleasure to revel in your children’s success. Such is the joy here at Little Village that two of our regular writers have penned well-received books in the last two months. But, of course, while the feeling of pride is apt, to call them our children would be a gross disservice. They’ve been […]

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UR Here: Visiting Ober

I visited the grave of Ernest Oberholtzer today last month. I was invited to read from my new book of essays Under a Midland Sky (ok, that’s a plug) at the Unitarian Church in Davenport. This was a wonderful occasion to find the resting place of one of my heroes, especially given that Davenport’s Unitarian […]

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The Creepy and the Kooky

Although I really wanted to highlight this website for my Friday intarweb fidz selection, I thought I should celebrate my favorite heathen holiday with a video tribute to the more fright-loving side of the imagination. Whether you like the bejeebus scared out of you or get off on frightening other people (please no ski masks!), […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 31-November 2

Ok, this will be news to all of you: It’s Halloween. I know! Where would you be without the Weekender for such important breaking news? Well, that’s why we’re here for you. It is Halloween, and if trick or treating isnt on your agenda, a costume party probably is. Wherever you go, lets see who […]

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McCain, Palin, Socialism

Lately McCain and Palin have been hammering Obama for having “socialist ideas.”  Now of course, they don’t actually care whether Obama really advocates Socialism or Capitalism or Communism. They are just using words with negative connotations to describe their opponent, as though they were magical spells. They count on their constituency being ignorant, and not […]

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Face Music

If you’ve already guessed what social networking site I visit most often, then you’ve probably seen this already…and you likely agree that this is still pretty damn cool. […]

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