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Truman

It was 1976. Just a half dozen years old,  already The UND Writers Conference was a well-established and highly-regarded cultural event. But conference founder John Little had outdone himself that year, booking two of the country’s best-known authors, Tom Wolf and Truman Capote. Wolf, ever the clothes horse, opened the week-long conference with a reading of his works wearing…
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Mickey And Me

The excellent, new biography The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes got me thinking about an interview I did with the film legend some years ago. My experience with the five-foot, three-inch screen star was not at all a pleasant one, so if you like and admire…
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Go Set A Watchman

Like a couple of million other people who have pre-ordered the “new” Harper Lee novel Go Set A Watchman, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the book’s publication date next week. A couple million is no exaggeration, by the way. It is the biggest pre-order ever for HarperCollins. It’s being hyped as the biggest publishing event in…
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Meat And Read

Not only is Nick Offerman one of my favorite actors and television talk show guests. Now it turns out he has become one of my favorite humorists. Some people are just good at everything. (Oh, how I hate people who are good at everything.) His latest book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s…
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Summer Reading

My buddy Rose Brunsvold and I once agreed that for us going to prison wouldn’t be the worst thing.  At least we’d be able to catch up on our reading. In that regard, it seems to me that summer is the next best thing to prison, a good time to read. With the unofficial, official…
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