Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 4:43pm
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Needles littering the floor, desperate addicts searching for a score, shuttered windows and crumbling homes; the opening picture author Liz Moore paints of Kensington conveys a relentlessly bleak and hopeless world. Moore’s new mystery thriller novel, “Long Bright River,” takes us into the underbelly of Philadelphia, into a once-respectable neighborhood now plagued by the opioid crisis. The sad reality of opioid addiction is a subject many authors shy away from in popular literature, but Moore digs deep without hesitation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:22pm
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Before I had even set foot in the Midwest, I felt like I had a bit of an idea what the Midwest sounded like. Discovering bands that were integral to the past, present and future of the DIY Midwest emo scene painted a picture in my mind about what growing up in the Midwest would be like. One of the first bands that really caught my attention was the group Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate). As I explored the scene more and more, I started to listen to other bands, like Into It, Over It., Snowing and even Ann Arbor’s Brave Bird.

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:52pm
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I have been reading Elena Ferrante, and so I’ve found myself needing to have an opinion about Elena Ferrante for those who ask. Everyone’s heard of her, of course. More than once, people have expressed their enthusiasm for the fact that I am reading her work, even though they haven’t read it themselves. A couple of weeks ago an acquaintance saw me with a copy of “My Brilliant Friend” and started a brief conversation with me.

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 3:40pm
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There's a certain type of person you’ve probably encountered in grade school. Perhaps you were this person yourself. This was the person who didn’t just like to read — reading was part of their identity.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 5:43pm
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I can’t think of a better way to describe Italo Disco than Ishkur in his infamous book, “Guide to Electronic Music.” Considering this mysterious figure’s hatred for seemingly half the genres he writes about, he has effusive praise for Italo, describing it as “what happens when creativity, inspiration and raw ambition vastly exceed technical limitations.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:36pm
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The store where I work is getting these new shirts in stock for the spring (I promise this isn’t a plug). 

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 5:08pm
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Jane Hirshfield’s ninth book of poetry is an elegy to her lost sister and the world she used to live in, the world that had her sister in it. The collection was strangely uplifting, however; Hirshfield deals with the challenging topic of death by creating poetry that finds wonder in mundanity.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 4:45pm
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The blurb on the back of Tarryn Fisher’s “The Wives” describes the book as “shocking” and “twisted.” I can’t help but agree. I was so “shocked” by the ending that I must’ve read the last two pages several times just to understand how “The Wives” went from a delicious thriller to something resembling a low-budget Lifetime movie. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:39pm
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When I was in middle school, my introduction to music was the Indie Rock Radio station on Pandora. Up until that point, I didn’t really put much effort into finding new music to listen to. I was either listening to South Florida’s Number One Classic Rock Station, 98.7 FM - The Gator, or a compilation of greatest hits CDs that my parents had accumulated throughout the years. When I first learned about this thing called indie music, I didn’t really know exactly what the word ‘indie’ meant. I interpreted it to simply mean less well-known, or something along those lines.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:12pm
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The French-Canadian author Stéphane Larue has worked in the restaurant industry for most of his adult life — he’s now the part-owner of a bar in Montreal. In an interview, he described the progress of his career in the kitchen: “Dishwasher, kitchen helper.