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Dan Hamel, of Hartland, Vt., talks about his recovery from alcoholism during an interview at his home on February 6, 2016. It is one of several topics he writes about in his book of poetry "Inspirations and Emotions." (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Woods and Words

Saturday, February 13, 2016

F ive years ago, Dan Hamel wrote a poem he called A Hunter’s Prayer , which happened to be the first poem he’d ever written. …

Elevate Your Game, Guys: Roses Come in a Wide Variety of Colors

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ahead of her Super Bowl appearance, Beyoncé received 10,000 roses from her husband Jay Z. This raises a number of questions: Did Jay Z arrange …

Pop Culture Marries Technology

Saturday, February 13, 2016

San Francisco — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense …

Movie Review: Ryan Reynolds Is Perfect for ‘Deadpool’

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Deadpool is not your grandfather’s superhero movie. Come to think of it, it isn’t your 13-year-old nephew’s superhero movie, either. Blatantly, buoyantly vulgar and jam-packed with conspicuously perverse, often bloody violence — including a scene in which the …

Movie Review: ‘How to Be Single’ Is Laden With Stock Characters

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dakota Johnson makes for an oddly recessive heroine in How to Be Single, an earnest but awkwardly misshapen attempt to reconcile the archaic conventions of romantic comedy with the 21st-century values of independence and sexual self-determination. Cut from …

Movie Review: ‘Zoolander 2’ Gives Sequels a Bad Name

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What a difference a decade and a half makes. When it arrived in theaters just weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Zoolander bombed at the box office, viewers presumably deciding that it was too soon …

Why First Loves Linger in the Mind

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Twenty years ago ... She was my first relationship ... My first boyfriend ... I was 17 ... She was 19 ... We were crazy about each other ... We broke up because ... So much time has passed ... I find myself thinking of her ... He …

Bringing Medieval Works to the Digital World

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bethlehem, Pa. — At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe. Or touch the pages of …

Book Notes: Group to Discuss‘Between the World and Me’ in West Lebanon

Friday, February 12, 2016

The most-talked-about nonf iction book of 2015, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which takes on the sadly eternal issue of American racism in the form of a letter from Coates to his adolescent son, is the subject of a four-part book discussion group that begins …

An Operatic Novel of a 19th Century Diva

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (561 pages, $28) Alexander Chee’s second novel, The Queen of the Night, has a plot so crammed with wild incident, shattering reversal and explosive emotion, one wonders if the author somehow got his hands on Alexander Dumas’ …

‘Harry Potter’ Play to Be Published

Friday, February 12, 2016

When die-hard Harry Potter fans first heard that J.K. Rowling was writing a sequel to her beloved seven-part series, they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the book. Then they realized the sequel wasn’t going to be a book at all — it was a play. Harry …

25 Years Ago, Death Came to ‘Thirtysomething,’ and It Was a Shock

Friday, February 12, 2016

Twenty-five years ago — on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1991 — viewers of ABC’s existential yuppie drama thirtysomething readied our Kleenex boxes for what we all thought would be a real weeper of an episode. Nancy Weston (Patricia Wettig), who had suffered plenty enough as the wife of self-absorbed …

Web Trump Parody Goes Viral

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you think you’ve had a lot of Donald J. Trump exposure lately, try being Joe Randazzo. The former editor of the Onion, Randazzo spent months last year immersed in the collected clips and writings of the GOP …