#TBT: Lady Gaga Is Born

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For this Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look at the stratospheric rise of Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who turns 30 on Monday, March 28. In less than a decade since her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music, even drawing comparisons to Madonna. There has […]

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5 Articles: Grown-Ups Color, Too!

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Over the past year or so, interest in coloring books for adults has exploded. Many trace the popularity of adult coloring to the publication to Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford's The Secret Garden, an intricate coloring book aimed at adults, published in 2013. The recent popularity of The Secret Garden led to Basford creating two other coloring books, The Enchanted […]

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#TBT: 50th Anniversary of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

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I was a Beach Boys fan from a young age, but it took me a while to appreciate Pet Sounds. Once I connected to the album, however, it became one of my all-time favorites. Although it was met with a lukewarm reception from American critics and audiences, it’s considered one of the most important, influential and, […]

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#TBT: The Day the Music Died

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For Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with their pilot, were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. After the musicians endured numerous colds, flus and freezing bus rides while on tour, Buddy Holly decided […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Downton Abbey?

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For the past six years, Downton Abbey fans, myself included, have followed the rising and falling fortunes of the Crawley family and their household staff, and we’ve been charmed, moved, shocked and saddened. In the final season, I’m hoping Bates and Anna finally have the child they so desire. Will Mary find love again? And […]

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#TBT: History of Billboard Hits Quiz

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The first Billboard music chart was published 80 years ago, in January 1936. A number of charts were consolidated, and the first Hot 100, which is still around today, appeared in 1958. The modern Hot 100 not only takes into account sales and radio play but has added digital downloads and streaming to the equation. The […]

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Top Picks: Jane Austen Screen Adaptations

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There are a couple of excellent excuses to celebrate Jane Austen this month! December marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma, and Jane Austen Day also falls in December. I'd like to toast Austen by recommending some of my favorite movies and television series based on her novels. The BBC has made many screen […]

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Caught Reading: Union Station, November 2015

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Holiday travel is in full swing, and we caught you reading some great books while waiting for your train at Union Station. You may have been on your daily commute home or on a long trip to visit family or friends, and you certainly have good taste in books! Humor is always a great antidote to […]

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Revisiting Wonderland

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Lewis Carroll's Alice made a lasting impression on me. As a child, I was first fascinated by the Disney movie and later mesmerized by Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The books were full of whimsy, nonsense, fantastical creatures, and an inquisitive and precocious girl protagonist, which were […]

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Top Picks: Ray Charles

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To celebrate the 85th birth anniversary of American music icon Ray Charles, I’m picking my favorite Ray Charles recordings. The Genius of Ray Charles, released in 1959, was Charles’ sixth studio album. Although this album has been criticized for a number of reasons, it still has held up over the years, and Rolling Stone included […]

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