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Aretha Franklin

The sad news broke this morning that Aretha Frankin, the Queen of Soul, had died…

In remembrance of her extraordinary life and work, we offer these seven of our favorite songs.

Do you have other favorites of her songs that should be included here?

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Novelist Ursula Le Guin, best known for her award-winning science fiction, died earlier this week.

Her obituary from the New York Times.

Not familiar with Le Guin’s books?
Check out our Introductory Reading Guide


NPR Remembers Le Guin:
(All Things Considered)

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Tomorrow (Sept. 29) marks the anniversary of the death of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo…

Endo’s novels, including SILENCE, are dark and deep reflections on the human condition…
We were therefore quite surprised to stumble upon these lighthearted Japanese commercials starring the novelist, presumably undertaken in a tongue-in-cheek fashion…
So, in memory of the fullness of his life and work, enjoy these commercials!

Three Commercials: NEC Wordprocessor and 2 Nescafe

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This week marked the 20th Anniversary of Henri’s Nouwen’s death (Sept. 20).

In remembrance of his life, we have picked a few books of the many he published as a sort of introductory guide. 


1)  [easyazon_link identifier=”0345463358″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence[/easyazon_link]

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This week marked the first anniversary of Phyllis Tickle’s death (Sept. 22).

In honor of her life, we offer these brief video clips that introduce her work…

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Three Poems by Phyllis Tickle

A Brief Documentary


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David Foster Wallace

Today marks the anniversary of the death of prominent novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest and other books.

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 [ DFW’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing” Only $1.99 for Kindle! ]

In memory of this brilliant young writer, who died way too young, here are three important interviews that he did…
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Tomorrow (September 6) marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Madeleine L’Engle.

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorite writers and If it were not for her work, I probably would never have met my wife!

*** Books by Madeleine L’Engle

In remembrance of Madeleine, here are 3 short clips of her discussing the craft of writing…

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Pete Seeger – RIP [Video]

January 28, 2014


Pete Seeger

When I heard the news this morning that Pete Seeger had died yesterday, I was reminded of this video that was filmed with our friends at the Bruderhof less than a year ago…

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Seamus HeaneyNoted Irish poet Seamus Heaney died this morning.  He was 74.

In 2010, we reviewed his book [easyazon-link asin=”0374533008″ locale=”us”]Human Chain[/easyazon-link] in our very first print issue.
Watch a video of Seamus Heaney reading his poetry.
The following poem is found in

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry
Paperback: Broadview, 2008
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Langston Hughes

The George Zimmerman verdict reminds us that we have a long way to go toward justice here in the U.S.


I think this poem by Langston Hughes, hits close to home.
(HT: ERB Reviewer Ric Hudgens for suggesting this poem)


Found in:

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Paperback: Vintage, 1995
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