by Allan Appel | Mar 5, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)
Natalie Semmel can teach only one work of literature.
Will it be Sandra Cisneros’s Latina story, The House On Mango Street? Or Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God? Or a tale about hot, impulsive teenagers, albeit written by a dead white dude named William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)?
Do kids today benefit more from reading “classics,” which can be a slog, or more “diverse” authors with a more immediate connection to their lives? And how do you decide?
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by David Sepulveda | Feb 14, 2018 8:33 pm | Comments (1)
Exotic masks and costumes seemed in short supply under the shimmering streamers of the annual New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) Mardi Gras fundraiser celebration this year — but not the celebratory fervor that kicked into high gear at the celebration’s temporary new location in Westville.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 5, 2018 9:09 am | Comments (3)
Cornel West got Black History Month going in New Haven with a challenge for people to love — not a polite kind of love, but the kind that speaks truth to power and makes people uncomfortable during “the bleakest moment” since the 1860s for the civil rights struggle.
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by Allan Appel | Feb 1, 2018 4:19 pm
The kindergarteners through third-graders at Fair Haven School read 1,814 books since Dec. 22 — and they kept the number growing on Thursday.
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by Michael Pavano & Kay Balionis | Jan 4, 2018 8:36 am
Teacher Michael Pavano sent in the following aritcle:
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2017, was a cold day, but the warm welcome inside the K-2 classrooms at Columbus Academy was spreading.
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by Allan Appel | Dec 15, 2017 1:12 pm
When an artist and a baker get together — when they get along famously, and the artist loves food and the baker loves art — well, an illustrated cookbook can’t be far behind.
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by Brian Slattery | Nov 17, 2017 8:37 am
A single guitar starts “One Zero – Periodic Orbits from Chaos to Order and Back,” two notes that sound at first like the beginning of a thousand rock songs. But within three seconds, the guitar has jumped away from that and into a more complex world of triplets and gnarly scales, playing a line filled with menace and beauty. Another guitar joins it, and another, and another, until four guitars are playing the same line in unison. There’s a lot of information — and emotion — packed into that figure.
And then it’s over, in 34 seconds.
Continue reading ‘Shawn Persinger Baptizes Book, Album’
by Allan Appel | Nov 15, 2017 8:36 am
Quick: How do you illustrate the essential nature of the complex legal subject of involuntary manslaughter?
Answer: She slips on a banana, tumbles toward the poor fellow ahead of her on the sidewalk with a force that pushes him forward into the sharp edge of a cane, which is being perhaps recklessly held parallel to the sidewalk and under the arm of the fellow in front of him. The cane pushes the poor victim’s eyeball right out like a billiard ball.
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by Karen Ponzio | Oct 4, 2017 7:53 am
Artist and poet Daniel Eugene told me before his photo shoot with Sara Scranton at his Studio Feruvius in Westville that he plans to be the Patron Saint of Paper Trails.
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by Paul Bass | Aug 3, 2017 3:18 pm | Comments (3)
New Haven. What a gritty, dirty, low-life town, littered with the corpses of the striving, the exploited, churning with the endless contest between power and the powerless.
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