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Name That Book “What books influenced you as a child?” Good question. I’d never really given it any thought, so when someone asked me that recently, I didn’t have a ready answer. Then I remembered Mrs. Babcock, the librarian at … Continue reading

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Where Bookivores Gather I love ink on paper. On two spectacular fall days last weekend, thousands of others who feel the same way I do turned out for the 2012 National Book Festival. There was something for everyone. More than … Continue reading

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Echoes As I remember 9/11 (not that I could ever forget), I also recall 9/16, an earlier day of violence and tragedy in the financial district of New York. Just after noon on September 16, 1920, a huge explosion created … Continue reading

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One Midnight in August Eighty-five years ago next week, on August 23, 1927, Nick Sacco, age 36—husband, father, shoemaker, anarchist—was strapped down into the Massachusetts electric chair and executed for murder, a crime of which he had been convicted despite … Continue reading

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Makes Sense to Me, #2 Quotations That Resonate “If a storyteller thinks enough of storytelling to regard it as a calling, unlike a historian he cannot turn from the sufferings of his characters. A storyteller, unlike a historian, must follow … Continue reading

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Makes Sense to Me Quotations That Resonate  “The very notion that on any given story all you have to do is report what both sides say and you’ve done a fine job of objective journalism debilitates the press. There is … Continue reading

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No Better Place I live near Washington, D.C. Sacco and Vanzetti lived for years, and died, in Massachusetts. Most of the archives that relate to their case are located in and near Boston. I will be forever grateful to the … Continue reading

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Obsession Is Not a Perfume

“Why did you decide to write about Sacco and Vanzetti?” This is the question people ask me most frequently, and the truth is: I’m not sure. I grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, a city with a role in the … Continue reading

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