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Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or ...

“And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer”

You can’t remember a thing these days. Whatchamacallit’s name doesn’t come quite as easily anymore. You can’t recall the title of that movie you used to love. Thingamabobs are never where you put them last, your glasses are on top ...

“Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South”

Life these days is a three-ring circus. The clowns at your job dominate Ring Number One. Ring Number Two features The Juggler (you) and your checkbook, schedule, chore list, and family obligations. And in Ring Number Three, there’s a wild ...

Another Day in the Death of America : A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives” by Gary Younge

Today was an ordinary day. It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it tomorrow with clarity, perhaps, but its details will be sketchy in a decade. It ...

Crossing the Thinnest Line

Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America , you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former ...

Fall Book Sale

Calling all book lovers and bargain hunters! The Friends of the Joliet Public Library will host their Fall Book Sale September 30 through October 2 at the Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. The sale is open on Friday, ...

Elizabeth and Michael

Your closest friend really gets you. You never have to explain yourself when you’re together; everything said (and unsaid) is understood. There may be many years between you, but it doesn’t matter. There may be differences in background, but no ...

“Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White”

The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, ...

The “Nobody” Interview: Marc Lamont Matters!

Marc Lamont Hill is one of America's leading intellectual voices. He is currently the host of BET News and VH1 Live, as well as a political contributor on CNN. Marc has received prestigious awards from the National Association of Black ...

“Nobody”

Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and ...

Brave Like Me

Never be afraid of…. Your Mommy and Daddy have taught you that. Never be afraid of spiders, big animals, lightning, or loud noises. Always be brave, they say, and so you are – and in the new book “Brave Like ...

“The Gilded Years”

Always be true to yourself. It sounds like a poster, a meme, or advice that’s always been in the background of your life. Putting on airs, pretending to be someone you’re not, keeping up the ruse, it’s harder than it ...

Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson

It doesn’t take very long. An accident, a murder, a surprise can happen in an instant that can seem like a lifetime. It doesn’t take very long – or does it? The odd thing about time is that it’s shapeable, ...

Famous Nathan

Mom always loved you best. I can beat you at that. You got more than me, more from Santa and a bigger birthday cake. I was Dad’s favorite, I’m better than you, and sibling rivalry can linger long past childhood. ...

Running with the Champ

Two heads are better than one. Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem. ...