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In this Thursday, March 19, 2015, photo, Koby Harris, brewery production manager, left, and Sandra Cain, assistant director of retail operations, present their freshly brewed beers at Innovation Brew Works in the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Pomona, Calif. Although the beer made on Pomona's campus is sold at the university's pub, school officials say the effort isn't about providing product for boozy frat boys. It's about responding to a booming craft-beer market by giving students the skills to compete for jobs in a rapidly expanding section of the hospitality industry. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Brew University

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pomona, Calif. — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as …

America’s Most Challenging High Schools: Public elites

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students. These top-performing schools, listed in alphabetical order, …

Tucked Away in an Attic, Hidden Stories for Young Writers

Tuesday, April 28, 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 …

‘While We’re Young’ Wittily Examines the Anxieties of Aging

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Noah Baumbach delivers a precise, amusing and deeply felt missive from the most anxious depths of mid-adulthood in While We’re Young, a comedy of manners in which the manners themselves are maddeningly in flux. Ben Stiller and Naomi …

Shonda Rhimes Speaks Out on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Shocker

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This article contains details about Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. If you haven’t seen the episode, read on at your own peril. Grey’s Anatomy fans were shocked when Thursday’s episode of the long-running medical drama ended with the …

Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New York — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” Jenner spoke in a long-awaited interview televised Friday with ABC’s Diane Sawyer about his gender identity, saying he has …

The Wallenberg Mystery: Dartmouth Author’s Novel Looks at the Diplomat’s Life

Friday, April 24, 2015

W hen the writer Alan Lelchuk lived in Budapest from 1999 to 2000, teaching American literature at a local university, his errands routinely took him past a statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of …

Morrison’s Writing Still To the Point

Friday, April 24, 2015

In 1970 Toni Morrison detonated a beautiful atom bomb of a debut novel called The Bluest Eye. In telling the story of Pecola Breedlove, a little Ohio girl taught to hate her black skin, Morrison laid bare society’s poisonous obsession with racial appearance. She also introduced a theme …

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers …

Few Colleges Have Shakespeare Requirement

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York — As Shakespeare would say, “We have seen better days.” The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation’s top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare. The study, The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in …

What Joan Rivers Didn’t Take to the Grave

Friday, April 24, 2015

Joan Rivers has been dead less than a year, and already her daughter, Melissa, has written a biography about her. It was all her publisher’s idea, Rivers writes in The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, which will be released May 5. Rivers says she …

Making Room in the Garden

Friday, April 24, 2015

Allison Johnston vacuums dead plant matter from around the phlox in her front yard in Taftsville on Thursday to make room for her plants to grow. “We just have so much going, we can never keep up,” she …

Rite of Spring

Friday, April 24, 2015

Peter Harding, of Norwich, Forrest Cole and his son, Steve, both of Lebanon, fly fish for trout along the Mascoma River in Enfield earlier this week. Harding said he was playing hooky. Forrest Cole said fishing the river …