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Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 12:00 am
What do other folks do? Those that don't attend the Illinois State Fair or mill about the pool. Well, this poet goes out into the world and welcomes in happy little moments. Unafraid to find a sweet rendezvous in unexpected little places or pleasures, fearlessly finding connections, sometimes between the natural world and the world ins...
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 12:00 am
Early in my Springfield-set novel Kennel Cough (Post-Traumatic Press, 1999), a fictional late-1980s rock band makes its first professional recording at a small studio located across the street from the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the dead of winter. In tribute to the opening weekend of the fair, below is an excerpt from that section of the book. The opening of the final song to be r...
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 12:00 am
If you find yourself weary of all the go-to overhyped hits currently on local screens, cinematic alternatives are only as far away as a quick trip to Champaign. Through the coming weekend, the Art Theater Co-op (126 W. Church St. in Champaign) will be screening a variety of intriguing, non-standard fare, including documentaries about killer whales in...
Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 12:00 am
In "Throwing in the towel," I discussed recent proposals to reform big-money collegiate sports. Good sense reforms are unlikely to ever be adopted to the extent that are good sense reforms. So interwined are sports and the American college experience, most alums university leaders believe, that curtailing t...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 12:00 am
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents "Between the Cracks" - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you? There's gold between them thar cracks! Today's BTC spotlight shines on regular-guy punk band Nephrons whose unassuming surface belies a ferocious live show. Take it away bo...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 12:00 am
If you’re like me, you’re so busy that joining a book club is a thought you keep kicking out of your thoughts each time it’s thrown back at ya. Whack! (Though joining a book club is something you desperately want to do. But heck, there’s this little thing called writing you want to do more and can’t even find time for that.) Podcasts and online book clubs to...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 am
Tonight at Torch Tuesday, all eyes will be on resident DJ Yatti Dny, who will be spinning all night, providing a master class in the art of DJ-ing. Yatti says he first started to DJ due to the simple process of elimination. "There was me and three other guys walking down the street. Two dudes wanted to be rappers, one dude wanted to be the manager. There was no other position left but ...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am
This morning Ezra Klein of the Washington Post adds more than two cents' worth to the not-quite debate about end-of-life medical decision-making. Klein discusses the legislation proposed by Oregon rep Earl Blumenauer that I
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am
In “Short arm of the law” I addressed the failure of federal prosecutors to go after financial criminals with the same zeal they show in pursuing political insiders. “Why do not our protectors seek to return us to the day when businesspeople made and traded things rather than stealing what others made?” I asked...

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