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Book Review:
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market

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In ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, by Raúl the Third, Little Lobo makes his way through a crowded local market and smells cinnamon churros, watches traditional dancers, buys some candy, reads a comic book—and fantasizes about meeting the wrestler El Toro.

Cover of ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market,; image courtesy Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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I Am Going to Leave Her Here

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The Mount as Edith Wharton’s Feminist Manifesto

The lush, stone-walled Italian Garden at The Mount provides a respite from Northeastern summer heat and humidity; early morning photo by Kevin Sprague.

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Is Banning Literature Ever a Good Thing?

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Banned Books Week 2018 is being celebrated from September 23-29. The American Library Association event reminds us that times and mores have changed. Some books have been banned because by today’s standards they are politically incorrect. Others were banned because of eroticism. Hopefully, we will reach the point where the written word is accepted for

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Will Call #43 — Special Summer Solstice Episode: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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We celebrate the Summer Solstice with one of the Summery-est
passages we know. Enjoy!
 
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
(Full text available at Project Gutenberg)
VII. THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN
The Willow-Wren was twittering his thin little song, hidden himself in

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“Wherefore, Egypt?” — Microfiction

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by Jason Velázquez
“¿Mamá?” Esperanza’s question reverberates musically in the back of the Econoline, “¿Will I get to meet my papá?”
Dolores strokes the 11-year-old’s hair with one hand as the other glides reflexively to where, under her oil-stained work shirt, a circular pattern of raised, and occasionally sensitive, skin is a lighter color than the surrounding

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Will Call #27 — Kid-Lit: Haunting Tales with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

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Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Kid-Lit episode of “Will Call,” and she chooses our topic wisely to coincide with All Hallow’s Eve — haunting tales.
We put on our armchair psychologist/historian/archaeologist/sociologist mortarboards and dig deep to understand the source, symbolism,

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Will Call #9 — Deirdre Flynn Sullivan: Hard-wiring the arts into life; Celebrate Ulysses, June 16

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We are introduced to Deirdre, and, less than an hour later, we have a new old friend.
There really was no pressing reason to request an interview with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, except that we haven’t spoken yet, which was reason enough. Turns out

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