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Trevor Thomas and Natalie Sacco pose for a portrait in the Mystery Lovers Bookstore in Oakmont, Pa. They moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Cleveland to buy the store. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Robin Rombach)

Books Outside the Big Box

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was …

On Poetry: Former Dartmouth Professor Was a Man of Orthodox Faith, but Unorthodox Humility and Insight

Friday, May 22, 2015

This column is distinctly different from any of its predecessors. In it, I will try to sell you on a book called The Grace of …

Book Review: Vivian Gornick and the Ghosts of New York

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir by Vivian Gornick; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (176 pages, $22) Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the …

Survey: Bullying Declines, But Still Prevalent

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Washington — Nearly one in four U.S. students surveyed say they have been bullied in school. That’s an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve. The survey from 2013 found that 22 percent of students age 12 to 18 said they were …

Young Writers’ Thoughts Turn to Spring, and to Scars That Run Deep

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and …

Taye Diggs to Play Hedwig In Broadway Production

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — Taye Diggs is about to get a little freaky onstage — as the next transsexual singer Hedwig. Producers of the Tony-Winning show said Monday that the How Stella Got Her Groove Back star will take over the title role in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry …

Finale of ‘Mad Men’ Hides Dark Lessons in Its Happy Endings

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons,” Don Draper (Jon Hamm) told department store heiress Rachel Menken (Maggie Siff) all the way back in the premiere episode of Mad Men. “You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops …

Projecting His Voice: ALS Patient Records His Speech for His Children

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Akron, Ohio — An incurable, degenerative disease slowly is robbing David Stuczynski of his ability to walk, talk and breathe. But the husband and father has made sure ALS will never take away his voice. With the help …

How to Teach Your Kids About Sugar

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This article is dedicated to all of the kids out there who think the orange juice they drink at breakfast, the cookies they eat after lunch, the candy they trade at school and the Gatorade they chug after practice are no big deal. In other words, all kids …

In Putin’s Russia, Universal Health Care Is for All Who Pay

Monday, May 18, 2015

Moscow — Expectant mothers in Moscow must wait as long as six weeks for ultra-sound scans, up from three days last year. Hospital outpatients pay for blood tests and X-rays that were free 12 months ago. And Marif Alekberov, a 27-year-old fireman with leukemia, is being told to …

Young Entrepreneurs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jakeb Tostrup, 7, pours lemonade for Steve Jensen, of Albany, N.Y., in Woodstock on Sunday. Jakeb and his younger sister, Olivia, 4, set up a lemonade stand outside their home to try to make some money. Jakeb is …

Confirming Their Faith: Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Makes First Visit to St. Anthony Church

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hartford — Leading a confirmation Mass at St. Anthony’s Church earlier this month, the Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, Vermont’s new Catholic bishop, spent a few minutes reflecting on names. “Lots of names, lots of beautiful names,” Coyne said …

From Fossils to Feathers

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Quechee — On your way into the exhibit hall at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), listen to the cedar waxwings and the phoebes singing in the trees, to the robins twittering between their nests and the …