Elizabeth's Recent Stories
Arts May 18The moment Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, understood what grunge meant
Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave and a pioneer of grunge, died suddenly Wednesday at age 52 after performing a sold-out show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Associated Press reports that he died by suicide. What Cornell meant to…
Arts May 16Why there are bound to be sequels to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ hack
In the newest Pirates of the Caribbean film, Captain Jack Sparrow is dogged by deadly ghost pirates, led by the maniacal Captain Salazar. In real-life, he’s apparently being pursued by a different kind of foe: hackers that claim to be…
Poetry May 15In ‘Scranton Lace,’ nostalgia for a time and place that no longer exist
While Margot Douaihy's new book is a love letter to Scranton, she said it also acknowledges the Rust Belt's limits.
Arts May 12What makes comedian W. Kamau Bell laugh
“Comedy is like expensive cheese,” comedian W. Kamau Bell once said. “Well, it’s like cheese, in general. Everybody likes what they like, and everything they don’t like, they think is the worst.” That may be the case, but still…
Poetry May 08From Trayvon Martin to Sandra Bland, these poems use court documents to honor black lives cut short
The Black Lives Matter movement asks us to say the names of the black men and women who have died in encounters with police. Poet and educator Simone John wants us to also understand their stories, through her debut collection…
Arts May 03South Sudan’s violence hasn’t stopped the spirit of dance hall music
Despite civil war, many young people seek to keep living life as usual, a major part of which is the infectious, can't-stop-dancing, culture of dance hall music.
Poetry May 02Returning home, these West Virginians are rewriting the poetry of Appalachia
The poetry community is growing in West Virginia. Many are poets who left and have come back home.
Arts Apr 28Nixon biographer recommends 8 other biographies you need to read
John Farrell has read and studied a wide range of biographies over the years. Here are his recommendations for 8 must-read life histories.
Arts Apr 26What director Jonathan Demme, who made ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ brought to filmmaking
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," and "Stop Making Sense," has died at 73.
Arts Apr 25How Margaret Atwood dreamed up the costumes in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Atwood's particular shade of blood red is being brought to life through a TV adaptation of the fiction novel premiering this week on Hulu.