Books

Baseball in the summer

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  Although the team is currently struggling just to hover near .500, not much in Colorado says “summer” like the Rockies. With a great downtown ballpark in Denver, stellar starting pitching and exciting young hitters, the reigning NL Wild Card qualifiers ...

Thompson’s last stand

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In 2001, convicted murderer Lisl Auman was 13 months into a life sentence when she wrote a letter to the author of a book that had recently brought her some joy in prison...

Charles Bukowski uncovered

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Absence of the Hero, Vol. 2, the latest book of uncollected Charles Bukowski writings, begins with “The Reason Behind Reason,” a poignant tale of a professional baseball player who has somewhat of a psychotic break while playing the outfield. In the middle of a game...

The Tea Party does cartoons

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 Joe the Plumber may be a cliché of a human being, but since Obama made him the hero of Main Street during his 2008 presidential campaign, when he jots his endorsement down for anything, people pay attention...

Filling the gaps of experience

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There must be something in the mountain air. More and more young writers are coming to Boulder from far-flung American locales, unlearning who they thought they were as artists and people, and then (usually) moving on, spreading the cool, creative calm of Colorado ...

John Fayhee’s latest is worth the trip

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John Fayhee is a bona fide Colorado character...

ReGenesis

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Yuri Popovich sits silently in the lotus position on Mars, his heart registering just one beat a minute, as Robert Dresner’s thought-provoking evolutionary novel ReGenesis opens...

Animal instinct

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David Sedaris has an odd relationship with animals. By his own admission he has no use for them in close quarters, but is infatuated with the raw and often ugly lives of creatures in their native habitats...

Made-in-America murderers

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The murderers whose story Colorado Springs journalist David Philipps tells in his new book, Lethal Warriors, are hardly a sympathetic bunch. As Philipps writes it, they murdered their victims — servicemen, innocent strangers, ex-lovers — at the slightest provocation...

Haven in Innisfree

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The couple opening the nation’s third poetry-only bookstore on the Hill knew of the uphill battle they would face trying to make their living off an art form many consider stuffy and inaccessible. In fact, according to Brian Buckley, who co-owns Innisfree Poetry ...

Punk rock and poetry

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Today, Patti Smith — widely considered the godmother of punk — is a Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres in France, and an acclaimed author whose fascinating new book, Just Kids, is a recent National Book Award winner ...

Hello, Bali!

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 Flying to Bali this past September for a semester of for-credit study abroad, 24-year-old Naropa University student Jacqueline Tardie had no idea what to expect. A senior with dual majors in art and religion, Tardie didn’t know the Bahasa Indonesia language or what ...