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Fields of Sea

Iowa experienced the flood of the century 15 years ago. That, of course, was a different century. Last month Iowans saw floods unlike any in living memory. Fourteen hundred city blocks in Cedar Rapids were inundated with water up to 11 feet deep. Twenty University of Iowa buildings were flooded. Interstates 80 and 380 were […]

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Paul's Picks: July 2008

It’s time to highlight a few paperbacks that are unlikely to receive much national attention. Some are published by small publishers, which can’t buy expensive lunches for the New York Times reviewers. Others have been out of print for a while and are being republished on the chance that they might find their audience on […]

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Twisted: A Balloonamentary Movie Review

Twisted: A Balloonamentary Documentary, 79 min Directed by Naomi Greenfield and Sara Taksler How much does the best-paid poet in the world make? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lot less than one woman in Twisted: A Balloonamentary, who declares that she took in $1.5 million last year for twisting balloons into […]

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Deliciously Fresh

Ask anyone from local and national media to the average customer in Orscheln’s, and you’ll hear how Iowa farmers have taken a hard hit this year. Because of heavy spring rains many never had a chance to plant their corn or soybeans. And the subsequent flooding has ruined many crops already in the ground. However, […]

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Home Is Where the Flood Is

On my first trip to Normandy Drive, four months ago, I marveled at the stately old trees and the modest well-kept homes that lined the wide streets. I thought it was the perfect place to buy my first home. When I drove out of my new neighborhood one night—only four weeks removed from sinking my […]

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Iowa City Weekender: July 3-7

Welcome to July and another Iowa City Weekender. We’re expanding this week’s edition to include Monday in order to highlight a Dan Bern flood benefit in Iowa City (details below). If you’re downtown this weekend, there’s no escaping the Iowa City Jazz Festival. But who would want to? It’s Christmas in July for music lovers. […]

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Paul's Picks: July 2008

It’s time to highlight a few paperbacks that are unlikely to receive much national attention. Some are published by small publishers, which can’t buy expensive lunches for the New York Times reviewers. Others have been out of print for a while and are being republished on the chance that they might find their audience on […]

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