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The Stage: Local Playwrights Debut

First things first: The winner of last month’s contest is Rachael Carlson, who not only came up with a reference to urine in Shakespeare but also came up with one that I did not even know, from Measure for Measure: “It is certain that when he makes water, his urine is congealed ice.” Congratulations to […]

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Get Out of bed! Your Characters Have Places to Go!

Once I got over my writing depression, I basically had to laugh at myself for dreading it so bad. The intervening chapters had done so much to develop the plot and the characters that, now that it was my turn again, the chapter practically wrote itself. […]

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Lit Scene: The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

“NonfictioNow” to me was a question: What is nonfiction (now)? There was not one answer. Asking a group of graduate students from the Nonfiction Writing Program yielded all different responses:
“The only genre defined by what it is not.”
“Fiction with a prefix.”
“There’s only one thing it isn’t, though often it is.

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Gimme a (Line) Break

In a town like Iowa City, there’s no shortage of writers. It seems like everywhere you go–the Java House, The Times Club at Prairie Lights, the Burlington street Kum-and-Go at midnight on a Tuesday–you run into someone who either writes, wants to write, or (possibly) is holding a Pulitzer prize.

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Monotonix/The Tanks/Liberty Leg: Blue Moose Tap House 4/22/10 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Photos by Zak Neumann Thursday night’s three three-man-band bill at The Blue Moose Tap House’s Blue Room (upstairs) was a master class in the power of the trio. All three bands on stage repped a drummer, a guitarist/bass player and a vocalist, and none suffered for missing a conventional piece of the rock ‘n’ roll […]

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Pitch Imperfect

Prairie Pop: April 2010 – Apparently, the naked human voice isn’t good enough. Whether we’re talking about studio gimmickery or vocal tricks not aided by technology–Appalachian yodeling and Tuvan throat singing come to mind–we’re often suckers for interesting oral freak-outs. Voice alteration gizmos soon began popping up in hit singles of the 1970s and 1980s–applying […]

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