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The Burroughs Century in Bloomington, February 5-9

William S. Burroughs, also known by his pen name, William Lee, rose to prominence during the era of The Beats in the 1950s. He wrote novels, essays, short- stories, and was also known for his spoken word performances. Like many … Continue reading

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Summertime in Bloomington!

You might be in the midst of finals right now but have no fear, summer is near! If you’re one of the many students who stay in Bloomington during the semester break consider yourself lucky. Bloomington has a ton of … Continue reading

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Spring Break (Gone Bad)

For those of us who were not able to (or did not wish to) escape to Florida for a Spring Break filled with sun, sand and debauchery, here is a book list to remind us why the beach is not … Continue reading

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Hearts and Crafts

A day devoted to all things red, sickly sweet, and having to do with the heart might sound like it has its roots in a Stephenie Meyer book, but Valentine’s Day comes from a tradition about 700 years in the … Continue reading

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Lessening Grammatical Dread

Learning grammar conjures memories of correcting sentences on the board and worrying about the placement of commas. At the college level, grammar anxiety can still affect your writing. Reading novels can provide some relief. In the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway influenced … Continue reading

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The History Behind Occupy Wall Street: Resources

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and its satellite movements have been making the news for months, and they continue to be an influence even as the cold weather drives protesters inside. Bloomington has its own Occupy movement, quartered in Peoples Park … Continue reading

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Dude, Where’s My Book?

With literally millions of books at your fingertips, it can sometimes be difficult to locate the exact one you’re looking for. Below is a brief description of some of the more common places your book might be hiding. Herman B … Continue reading

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Bursting at the Seams with Costume Resources

[Chicago Daily News ice carnival with woman wearing a patriotic costume and a man wearing a Middle Eastern costume]. Chicago Daily News, January 19, 1929. From American Memory, Library of Congress. Have you ever looked at an illustration of the … Continue reading

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Graduates Made Good

With commencement just days away, it’s safe to say emotions are high for a number of soon-to-be graduates. Going through the cycles of joy, nostalgia, and sadness can be as taxing as a Friday night on Kirkwood. For some, there … Continue reading

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Got African Literature?

Though Africa appears nearly every night on the news, there is plenty that most people don’t understand about the continent.  Africa has a rich and varied culture, both past and present, which transcends what the news outlets show us.  If you’re … Continue reading

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