Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Eric Tillotson; image cropped slightly
October 14th, 2014 | 6:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Eric Tillotson; image cropped slightly

I did not know who Bowe Bergdahl was when I first heard about him on the news in June. I followed his rehabilitation, which was briefly reported for a week or so and happened in ordinary details. Sergeant Bergdahl was returned from Afghanistan through a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, who had held him for five years. He was welcomed back by his parents and President Obama in front of the White House press corps in the Rose Garden.

reviewed by Sophie Murguia
October 13th, 2014 | 6:00am

It’s hard for anyone to write a magical realist novel today without inviting comparisons to Gabriel García Márquez. Especially in the wake of his death this year, the Colombian literary giant has been mythologized as the master of blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Tiphanie Yanique’s debut novel Land of Love and Drowning is a magical realist work that calls to mind García Márquez, yet still manages to stake out new territory—both geographic and literary.

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October 10th, 2014 | 6:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user 3nglishN3rd

There is a book that, while neither historical nor scientific, stands apart from works of literature, religion and philosophy. Like those works, this book betrays a great deal about the culture in which it appears. Yet it differs from them in at least two respects. First, it can evolve; second, it lacks an author. As James Murray has written, the book “is the creation of no one man, and of no one age; it is a growth that has slowly developed itself down the ages; its beginnings lie far back in times almost pre-historic.”

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October 9th, 2014 | 6:00am

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Your name: Jason Hardung

Current city or town:  Fort Collins, Colorado

How long have you lived here? I moved here from Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2003. Although, some family members have lived here my whole life, so I wasn’t brand new to Ft. Collins. I have been coming here to visit my whole life.


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October 8th, 2014 | 6:00am

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With a respectful snap she beckons. She points to capital letter-less prose. Purple ink. I’s dotted with hearts or stars.  

“Sir, what does it mean ‘What is your tribal name?’”

“She wants to know if you have an Oshiwambo name.” I nod to the girl beside her, Ndilimeke, whose name in English means I am in hand. A name for children of difficult births, who need a mid-wife’s hand to draw them out of the womb.