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Category: Misc

The Marshall Plan

How a bedroom-sized collection of papers and artifacts of acclaimed novelist James Jones made their way to UIS.

Sighting: On the Shelf


Photo by: Stephen Borkowski


Mike Interviews Jason Carney

To celebrate the release of Starve the Vulture — the latest release in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint — J. Michael Lennon spoke with Jason Carney about his inspirations, writing a memoir, and the differences between poetry and prose.

Mike’s Intro to “Superman”

Triumph at the Biltmore

Norman Mailer Center 2013 Program Video

One Of Amazon’s Worst Trolls Has Written 276 Negative Reviews

Chris Roberts is a prolific troll on Amazon, having written 276 negative (mostly one-star) reviews, since late 2010, including one for A Double Life.

A Barn Reborn

Charles Webster Hawthorne built the barn in 1907 atop a sandy bluff in Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. He opened it as an art school. . . . In time, however, the school closed. And as the decades passed, the barn became less an incubator of art than an object of art itself. Dozens of prominent artists and writers studied or otherwise spent time in the barn. The list includes Norman Rockwell and Jackson Pollock, Tennessee Williams and Norman Mailer. Little surprise then that in 1979, the barn joined the National Register of Historical Places.

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