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Contributing editor Katherine Dalton writes from Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1920, when Rose Wilder Lane met Dorothy Thompson, Lane was 33 and working in Paris, writing publicity stories for the American Red Cross.
It is a beautiful prospect, looking east from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
But those days are long gone. Today, if your ancestors include a Confederate veteran, April really is the cruelest month—a time to be pilloried nationally in the ongoing unpleasantness over the Late Unpleasantness.
It is evident even to some of her fans that her ability to entertain millions of others as well as herself does not mean the Twilight books are very good. They are not well written, not richly inventive and imaginative in the world they create, and the pacing of the plot jerks from peace to chaos and back again.
It may be hard for us in the United States to imagine that food could ever be scarce here. We may worry about avian flu and mad cow disease, and about the general safety of our increasingly mass-produced food supply, as from time to time some Americans sicken or die from tainted meat or spinach.
Wendell Berry is the author of over 40 books and has been writing about conservation, community, and the necessity of good farming for over four decades.
Longtime readers of Chronicles are familiar with John Shelton Reed, who used to write a column for this magazine.
In 1994, Lois Lindstrom, an American, moved to Stockholm. There she befriended Karin Wiking, then in her early 70’s, and from their regular conversations grew this very personal book about Mrs. Wiking’s life and experiences.
To a woman who has spent several decades of her life in New Orleans, a city that lies mostly below sea level, any trip out is a journey to higher ground.
Priscilla Buckley has long been well known to readers of conservative journalism. For nearly three decades, she was managing editor of National Review, a constant font of editing skill, institutional knowledge, good humor, and courtesy.
A few years ago, an old friend of my husband watched her three-year-old son die after eating a tainted hamburger at a fast-food chain in Oregon. She is a pediatrician, and her son had good care; but there was simply nothing anyone could do for him.
Anyone writing a novel about thoroughbred racing in Kentucky would think first of setting it at Churchill Downs—that brassy track in Louisville which holds its tinsel-television spectacle of the Kentucky Derby every May.
The Tobacco Bill went up in smoke in June, and as I write there's no telling whether it will resolidify, like Aladdin's genie, if Congress rubs the lamp. But before we consign the fight to the ancient history file, it's worth noting a few details.
Ira C. Magaziner, the Rhode Island business consultant turned senior White House advisor to President Clinton, has been in the news again recently as the administration's Internet man—defending Mr. Clinton's view that the Web doesn't need government policing.
I try not to put on airs about what I do for a living. I would never tell you that writing is dignified enough to be called a profession, like being a doctor or an architect. Writing is a trade, or to use a better word, a craft.
Peyton Place is the name of the North Dakota bar where First Lieutenant Kelly Flinn went to relax, and the name sums up her case very well. It has been a soap opera all through.
Actors Theatre of Louisville started its new play festival 20 years ago—that's a long life in the American theater, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays achieved institution status several seasons back.
There is nothing so painfully ironic as a war between countrymen. So when nurse Kate Cumming speaks bitterly in her 1864 diary of "our kind northern friends, who love us so dearly that they will have us unite with them, whether we will or no" it is hard to blame her.
Every volunteer in the U.S. Armed Services, by taking a service oath which includes a promise to obey orders, gives up certain rights he had as a civilian. Michael New's fate will show if the right to refuse to serve in a foreign army is now one of them.
Michael New, the 22-year-old Army medic who faces a bad conduct discharge for refusing to wear the United Nations uniform, may well lose his fight to clear his record.
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