The Green Stuff

This year’s Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge includes the prompt to “Read a book from an author who has visited Lawrence.” If by “has visited” you mean “once lived in,” then Elizabeth Willard Thames’s Meet the Frugalwoods fulfills that challenge. The Thameses (Liz and her husband Nate, aka the Frugalwoods) are KU grads who, after…
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It’s Time to Vote!

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." — Winston Churchill, on the floor of Parliament in November 1947. Odds are, you know that there’s an election coming up (on Tuesday, November 6th, to be exact). The voter…
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Digital Detectives

I don’t often read true crime—to keep my faith in humanity somewhat intact, I usually like my murder mysteries to be fictional. But when I heard about local authors/father-and-daughter duo Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James and their history-true crime crossover, The Man From the Train, I had to take a peek. The Man From…
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The Joy of Words

  Odds are you’ve heard that the indigenous peoples of the Arctic North have dozens of words for snow. A contentiously debated subject since anthropologist Franz Boaz described his experiences living with the Inuit in his 1911 Handbook of American Indian Languages, linguists have more recently acknowledged that what they once considered urban legend is…
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Suss Out Your Truthiness

Two definitions: Post-truth: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Truthiness: “Believing something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact.” Quick: conjure the zeitgeist with a single word. A decade ago, that word (according to Merriam-Webster…
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