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'A Matter Of Common Decency': What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics


Authors explore questions of morality, evil, solidarity and survival in Albert Camus' The Plague, Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders and Karen Thompson Walker's The Dreamers.

Help For Artists And Freelancers During The COVID-19 Pandemic


A collection of emergency funds and resources for working artists and freelance creatives who can't rely on severance packages, unemployment or extended sick leave.

Tomie dePaola, Beloved Children's Author And Illustrator, Has Died


The author and illustrator — who, by his own reckoning, worked on more than 270 titles — died Monday at age 85. Among his classics is the Caldecott winner Strega Nona, a seemingly ancient folk tale.

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Ashland Braces For Economic Fallout From Extended Shakespeare Closure

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced on Friday their 2020 season will be further postponed until the fall and they’ve laid off the majority of their staff.

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'Save Yourself': Cameron Esposito Is Here To Help You Through Hard Times

The comic couldn't have known her memoir would come out in the midst of a global pandemic. But her aptly titled book includes observations that feel eerily pertinent to these unsettling days.

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Need Some Fresh Ideas? Family-Friendly Ways To Spend Your Days Inside

Parents have been circulating ideas for how to keep kids happy — or at least occupied — during this time of social isolation due to COVID-19. Our Arts Desk has some heart-felt suggestions to offer.

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'Vivarium': House Hunters, Unnatural

A young couple seeking a house in the 'burbs encounter an unexpected (sub)development and cannot leave. Despite its Twilight Zone premise, the film's "eccentricity and wit" carry it a long way.

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Alicia Keys Reflects On How Life Experiences Gave Her Permission To Be 'More Myself'

The Grammy winner is coming out with a new album, Alicia, and has written a forthcoming introspective book, More Myself. She says she wishes she could tell her teenage self "to know she is enough."


'Crip Camp' Is A Raucous Celebration Of A World-Changing Place

Near Woodstock, at an early '70s summer camp for kids with disabilities, a revolution was born that became a civil rights movement, and led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Terrence McNally, Honored American Playwright, Has Died Of Coronavirus

The five-time Tony Award winner whose work spanned some four dozen plays and musicals died Tuesday at age 81 due to complications related to COVID-19.

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Virtual 'Love Sweet Love' From Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students

Student Shelbie Rassler, eager to bring her community together amidst quarantine and isolation, organized a massive performance of the pop classic "What the World Needs Now" and put it on YouTube.

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Afro-Funk Saxophonist Manu Dibango Dies Of COVID-19

The Cameroonian musician who became an international star with his song "Soul Makossa" died Tuesday at age 86 in Paris. His music helped fuel disco — and songs by Michael Jackson and Rihanna.

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In 'Wine Girl,' Taking On The Old Boys Of The Wine World

Victoria James loves wine; she became a sommelier at 21 — but she discovered that the world of wine was an old boys' club that didn't welcome women. Her new memoir chronicles her fight to fit in.