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Donald Stratton drops a flower in remembrance from aboard a ship
After three quarters of a century, Donald Stratton remembers December 7, 1941, like it was yesterday. Sitting in his Colorado Springs home, the 95-year-old Navy veteran even recalls what time he had gotten up that morning aboard the USS Arizona. Stratton awoke earlier than the customary 5:30 reveille. As hundreds of sailors rolled out of their hammocks, he showered and readied himself for a...
A surviving copy of De re culinary by Roman gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius.
The best-selling cookbook of 2016 was Ina Garten’s Cooking for Jeffery . Sharing space on that list was Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites , Chrissy Teigan’s Cravings , and Ali Maffucci’s Inspiralized . Though they may not know it, today’s cookbook authors follow in a long tradition that started in 1700 B.C.—when ancient Mesopotamians first began to record their recipes on stone tablets. First cookbook...
Early twentieth-century French illustrations for H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, in which Martians attack planet Earth.
L egendary author Ray Bradbury ( Fahrenheit 451 , 1953) broadly described science fiction as “any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet but soon will, and will change everything…” His view may not apply universally to such stories, but it certainly captures the essence of science fiction as a literary genre. After all, our ability to recognize what isn’t, envision what could be, and...
Author Bram Stoker, best known for his classic novel Dracula.
D racula . The name alone evokes images of pale skin; long fingernails; sharp, mesmeric eyes; and brilliantly white, blood-laced teeth. For almost 120 years, the fictional character Count Dracula has been known and recognized around the world. Hollywood has long used him to its advantage, as have publishers, theater managers, and Halloween costume designers. Convinced that one of its medieval...
Portrait of Jane Austen
It's a tale as old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Against all odds, the besotted couple overcomes adversity, unites in marriage, and lives happily ever after. This same basic story has played out in countless novels for hundreds of years, yet the public’s appetite for romance novels is stronger than ever. It continues to outsell other fiction categories. In 2013, romance sales totaled $...
The Western got its start through dime novels that published highly-embellished tales and illustrations.
There is something about the Old American West that has, for years, enthralled people around the world. For some, it’s the freedom inherent in the open landscape; to others, it’s the sense of danger and excitement associated with its untamed, even lawless, atmosphere. Whatever their reasons may be, audiences have been fascinated by Westerns since explorers and settlers first made a push toward...
Modern-day plastic chair.
Chances are you are sitting on a chair as you read this edition of the Tribune . Perhaps it’s a plush recliner or a comfortable rocker. Maybe you’re cocooned within a generous wing chair or wedged into a beanbag chair. Chairs might be the most ubiquitous objects of modern life. Arranged around tables in restaurants, lined up against walls in waiting rooms, and bolted to floors in airports—chairs...
(Counterclockwise, from the top) The Downs family, Ray Sr., Sonny, Ina, and Lucille, reunited after their ordeal in May 1942.
M ichael Tougias is no stranger to stories of the sea. He’s written well over a dozen books, many of them dealing with nautical disasters and struggles to survive. But his most recent book stands out from the rest. So Close to Home (Pegasus Books, 2016) is a rare tale about an American family’s fight for survival after a German U-boat sinks their ship just 50 miles from New Orleans. Tougias spoke...
Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
T here is a longstanding tradition of books about the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next. At the top of the list, Tuesdays With Morrie is probably the most widely read example of that particular genre. The newest entry on the shelf is Dinner With Edward: A Story of Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent (Algonquin Books), author of Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the...