Capitol Hill

Abortion in America

During the 2009 health care debate, fundamentalist congressmen inserted language that eliminated public funding for abortions. They are now proposing legislation that would make it impossible for a woman to buy private insurance with her own money, if that insurance includes coverage for abortion

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Redbox Movies

Secretariat, starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich, and Temple Grandin, played by Claire Dane, are great movies, and you can get them both at Redbox. If there’s an antidote for some of the heartbreaking stories about horse racing, it’s Secretariat. I’m glad we watched it in the quiet of our living room

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Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx

Bird Cloud, Annie Proulx

Heart Songs and Other Stories was the first Proulx book I read, and I was hooked. Then came Postcards, The Shipping News, Accordion Crimes, three collections of Wyoming Stories, and now, Bird Cloud: A Memoir. It’s not a memoir in the traditional sense, but no matter

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Hacker Republic: Fact or Fiction

When WikiLeak hackers took down MasterCharge, Visa, and PayPal after the arrest of Julian Assange, I thought of Stieg Larsson’s book, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”  It’s a crime thriller.  Fiction.  Made up stuff, some would say.  Yet the similarities between what happens in this last of the Millenium series and the headline-grabbing […]

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Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross

Mr. Peanut, by Adam Ross

Adam Ross, author of the acclaimed novel, Mr. Peanut, and former teacher at the prestigious Harpeth Hall Girls’ School in Nashville, Tennessee, has been nominated for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.  Presented annually by the British magazine Literary Review, the judges hope “to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant […]

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