Life & Times

Author Jeffrey Lent 

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Faith, Evil and Penance: Jeffrey Lent’s New Novel Revisits Post-Civil War Era

Friday, March 27, 2015

There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons — That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes — — Emily Dickinson A small religious group …

On Poetry: For this Poet, Words Provide the Inspiration

Friday, March 27, 2015

The question I’m most frequently asked as a poet, one I mused on in my December column, is “Why doesn’t that rhyme?” In this column, …

With ‘Ongoingness,’ Sarah Manguso Reflects on Recording Her Life

Friday, March 27, 2015

Here’s the question at the heart of Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (Graywolf: 98 pages, $20): How does a writer record his …

The Beauty of Baja

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Guerrero Negro, Mexico — Far from the sprawling, all-inclusive resorts of Mexico’s Los Cabos is a part of the Baja California peninsula that few tourists ever see, but should. In one of Mexico’s largest federally protected conservation areas …

Fun to Drive, But Not in Snow

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Washington — The heavy snow came and ruined everything — everything related to driving, anyway. It was late winter, early March, when thoughts were turning to spring. It seemed a good time to take delivery of the redesigned …

Don’t Throw It Out, Take It to The Experts at the Repair Cafe

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — Jessica Ferree brought in a toaster with a lever that no longer held slices down. Sade Musa had a torn skirt with a sagging elastic band. Jean Prinz hoped to get the blades of her …

Ban on Fast-Food Restaurants Fails To Curb Obesity

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Los Angeles — A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed …

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bottom line: The Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback is one of the most affordable, best-made, most fuel-efficient, most fun-to-drive hatchback performance cars available. It’s no wonder it has been around for more than a quarter of a century. People who love driving love this car. Caveat: If you buy …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A Phoenix Emerges from the Dust

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Sacrifice and Mate In 1945, an international chess event took place with an astonishing and unforeseen result. A vaunted U.S. team, which had won four World Chess Olympiads held in the 1930s, was crushed in a 10-player radio match by its counterpart from the Soviet …

Genetically Engineered Foods Get FDA Approval

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Boise, Idaho — Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.” The approval covers six varieties …

The Meerkat World Is Here For All to See

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Long before the SXSW Interactive festival wrapped up last week, Meerkat was clearly the year’s breakout app — and in a mind-numbing, wall-to-wall way. The live-streaming app, which lets iPhone-owners share real-time video directly from their phones to their Twitter feeds, is on the lips of even the …

The Best Of the Rest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Valley News’ three staff photographers and intern logged many miles over the first two weeks of March covering town and school meetings across the Upper Valley. Here are a few favorites that were not part of the …

Movie Review: Who Organized This Dystopia Anyway?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

“Tell me: Do you appreciate irony?” That’s the question put to Tris (Shailene Woodley), the heroine of the latest installment in the Divergent film saga, Insurgent, by the film’s villain, Jeanine. Rendered by Kate Winslet as a caricature …