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American Life in Poetry: ‘Estelle’

Alaska Quarterly Review put out a special double issue late in 2017 to celebrate its 35th year, a very long tenure for a literary magazine. Among the many fine works I found there was this touching portrait of his mother by Michael Mark, who lives in California.

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Review: ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little,’ by Busy Philipps

Her Instagram followers will recognize the Philipps who just puts herself out there, the good, the bad, the falling flat on her face (three dislocated knees). Here I am, everybody! Do you love me? LOVE ME! And it’s hard not to. (Unless all-caps bothers you. Then you may have issues with this book.)
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Everything is Copy: The food chain

I’d decided to stop eating meat some years before she came into my life, and I had to figure out what would be OK to consume. Only plants? Nothing with a face? No one who runs away?
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American Life in Poetry: ‘Housewife as Poet’ by Sally Van Doren

Until about a hundred years ago, the worth of a poem was measured by how noble and elevated was its subject and its manner of delivery, but with the appearance of modernism all hell broke loose and suddenly there were all sorts of subjects one had license to write about.
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10 tips for travel as a political act

The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. And when we implement that world view as citizens of our great nation, we make travel a political act. Here are my top 10 tips for doing just that:
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Six novels that get to the truth of World War I

Although few Americans made literature out of the First World War, European writers – men who served, women who waited and people who opposed the war – produced novels, memoirs and poetry that are still almost unbearable to read for their painful evocation of the battlefield and the emotional costs of war.
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American Life in Poetry: ‘The Cache’ by Dan Gerber

Squirrels hide many more acorns than they can find, and thus we have oaks. And a child might hide precious belongings, then hide the map that gives their location, then hide the clue to where the map is hidden. Dan Gerber, who lives in California, remembers just such a hiding place, as well as a place and time that’s far beyond finding.
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Reading the Northwest: Why Rick Steves sees travel as a political act

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Rick Steves has been guiding Americans through Europe for so many years, it’s like an old friend leading us along the ancient cobbled streets. His book, “Travel as a Political Act” urges Americans to go beyond tourist attractions and dig deeper in their travels, to engage with the people we meet and understand what makes us different – and how we are the same.
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Pulitzer winner Nicholas Kristof has hope despite assault on truth

On Monday, the night before one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in recent U.S. history, Nicholas Kristof will be at Gonzaga University in Spokane talking about the state of American journalism in the era of “fake news” and President Donald Trump’s assertion that journalists are enemies of the people
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American Life in Poetry: ‘The Ruts’ by Kim Lozano

This column originates from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and a half-hour’s drive south there’s a creek with flat stones on its floor where wagons passed down and over the muddy bottom, up the other bank, and on west to Oregon. Here’s a poem about that great migration, by Kim Lozano, a poet from St. Louis.