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Central . . . library?

Last week, two local news outlets tackled the story of the Central Library on 14th and Broadway. Coincidence? Not likely, because apparently the problems there have...

A scene from Roald Dahl's The Twits, as illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Twits

The other day, as I was typing “Twitter” into Google, I had a random thought: What would Roald Dahl make of tweeting? Why specifically Dahl? Because he wrote a book...

Better than royalty

The pithy commentator George Will had a great column this week in the Washington Post (reprinted in the Denver Post). The premise was simple: Would you rather live...

Dying breed?

They say we’re a dying breed. Journalists, that is, although technically speaking I am not one — I just work in the field. (Can you imagine an unlicensed doctor...

Property taxes

I don’t think I’m the only person who isn’t crazy about property taxes. In parochial communities, especially, it can be a big issue because many children attend...

St. Petersburg

The Technology Institute in St. Petersburg, the area where a deadly terrorist attack took place this week, is on the approach to the city center from the airport, at a...

Herero genocide

In 1939, the day before signing the non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler wrote that he had death squads at the ready to rid Poland of its people in...

Sherry

Sherry’s gotten an unfair rap. Thanks to its prominence among Miss Marple-type Agatha Christie characters, the Spanish fortified wine is associated with older English...

Serendipity

Back in 1997, before the internet was ubiquitous, the IJN received a letter from a woman in England seeking information about Leonard and Miriam Harris, son and daughter...

Reversal of fortunes

Everybody likes a good twist. If a story is predictable, we tend to roll our eyes or tune out. We want tension, mystery, uncertainty. I think that’s why everyone loves...