Bad Art Nights

Jon Spayde Excerpted from: Utne Reader Every Tuesday night is Bad Art Night at our house. My wife, Laurie, and I haul up the old metal folding table, set it up alongside our dining room table, and pull four or five chairs around. She gets the art supplies out of …

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Great Green Reads

Eva Lewandowski I recently wrote a blog post about young adult books with environmental themes (you can read it here).  I don’t want to leave out those of you who might be looking for a more mature reading experience, so I thought I would recommend a few adult novels that deal …

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Guide to Using Art & Craft Materials Safely

Excepts by Daniel Smith and Informed by The EPA Artist/Author –Excerpted from Artists’ Materials and EPA.gov In recent years, many people have become more informed about the potential hazards of art and craft materials to themselves and to the environment. Many artists, particularly those who have had allergic reactions or …

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The Art of Spoken Word

Jules Nyquist Loft Literary Center Write on Radio at KFAI What is the difference between a poet and a spoken word artist? Between a reading and a performance? With written word, the inner spirit of a poem is there on the page, and the poet connects individually with the reader. …

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Thoughts on Buying an E-Book Reader (and Tips for Buying Gadgets)

Nate Dobbins Lately I’ve been considering buying an e-ink tablet for reading books and my RSS feed. I wasn’t exactly excited by the prospect of an e-reader until a friend said this to me in an email conversation: “It comes down to this – authors are putting words out there …

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Young Adult Novels with Environmental Themes

Eva Lewandowski When most people think of environmental literature, they think of nonfiction works like Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac or Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  I read a great deal of nonfiction, but I have always preferred fiction.  Happily, there are a number of wonderful novels with environmental …

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