Interesting Trees

Somehow I’ve made it through half my life without knowing bird songs, classical music, or trees.  It’s stunning to ponder how much I’ve missed over the years whenever I heard birds and left it at the simple thought, “Oh. Birds.”  Same goes for my typical reaction to the magnum opus of any given legendary composer…
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Atlas of a Lost World

The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also walked, trying to follow their slow migration from Mesa Verde to Chaco Canyon and on south to the Sierra Madre. House of Rain, published a decade ago, is one of my favorite books by one…
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Infinite, Unfathomable, Nonstop

Once upon a time, I stumbled across a quiz that asked, “Where You At?” Despite, or perhaps because of, its sloppy grammar, the question has stayed with me. My interest in natural and cultural history, and even my fascination with infrastructure, surely dates to this time, as evidenced by the real estate that writers like Henry Thoreau…
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Kevin Willmott’s Top Ten

From the New Yorker to the LA Times, critics have voted a movie– Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq– the best of 2015. Richard Brody calls it “a latter-day masterwork,” and it also won his vote for the best screenplay of the year. A biting social commentary based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Chi-Raq is set in Chicago and was co-written by Lawrence’s own Kevin Willmott…
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World Music Mixtape

Since last November’s Luaka Bop spotlight, I’ve disgracefully neglected my world music search. Hoping to make up for lost time, I asked my coworkers to share some of their favorite albums from our World Music collection. Here are their responses…
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