David Rakoff
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July 02, 2013

Exclusive First Read: ‘Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish’

David Rakoff was a mainstay on public radio's This American Life, and the best-selling author of Fraud, Don't Get Too Comfortable, and Half Empty. He died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 47, shortly after finishing Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a short novel in verse that jumps from decade to decade, tracking a panoply of American characters across the 20th century: 1920s slaughterhouse workers, 1950s office girls, AIDS victims and '80s yuppies.


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The Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch can load books from other book stores, like Google.
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July 01, 2013

Court: No Class-Action Status In Google Book Case

A federal appeals court says it is too early for authors to be considered as a group in litigation challenging Google Inc.'s plan to create the world's largest digital library.


June 20, 2013

Urbana Library Board Outlines Next Steps

The Urbana Free Library’s Board of Trustees has outlined its next steps following Thursday night’s public meeting about the handling of book-culling by library executive director Debra Lissak


June 04, 2013

Quinn and Cullerton Meet Over Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton have met to discuss stalemate over a solution to Illinois' pension crisis, but House Speaker Michael Madigan didn't show up.


April 01, 2013

Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa – in Comics Form

Remember the film “Kony 2012?”

The film went viral last year and put Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the cross-hairs of millions of outraged citizens.

Well, a year later, Joseph Kony and his remaining believers are still somewhere in Central Africa, literally raping and pillaging as they go.

War correspondent David Axe wants to remind people that Kony is still out there.

Axe has written a graphic novel with illustrator Tim Hamilton, “Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa,” to tell the story of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The novel demonstrates why the show-and-tell nature of comics journalism works as a medium to talk about Joseph Kony and violence he has wrought.

 

 

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