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   Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom For a Sleepless Age by Clark Strand is a book for those of us who awaken in the night and don’t know why we can’t get back to sleep, and a book for those of us who have grown uncomfortable in real darkness—which we so rarely experience these days, since our first impulse is always to turn on the light.

In the tradition of Thomas Merton’s spiritual classic The Seven Storey Mountain or Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul, Waking Up to the Dark is a resonant and personal project and a modern gospel that is an investigation of the relationship between darkness and the soul.

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Tuesday marks a change in leadership at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

  Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: intoxicating and intoxicated, selfish and shameless, seductive and brilliant, endearing and often terribly troubled.

In New York, Louisville, and London, she drove both men and women wild with desire, and her youth blazed with sex. But her love affairs with women made her the subject of derision and caused a doctor to try to cure her queerness. After the speed and pleasure of her early days, the toxicity of judgment from others coupled with her own anxieties resulted in years of addiction and breakdowns.

Emily Bingham, the great-niece of Henrietta Bingham, writes about her life in Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham.

  United States Congress people aren’t subject to term limits.

In today’s Congressional Corner Alan Chartock speaks with New York Congressman Chris Gibson about his self-imposed term limit and potential future plans.

  In his book, Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, Alexander Rose draws on an immense range of firsthand sources from the battlefield. He begins by re-creating the lost and alien world of eighteenth-century warfare at Bunker Hill, the bloodiest clash of the War of Independence, and reveals why the American militiamen were so lethally effective against the oncoming waves of British troops.

Then, focusing on Gettysburg, Rose describes a typical Civil War infantry action, vividly explaining what Union and Confederate soldiers experienced before, during, and after combat. Finally, he shows how in 1945 the Marine Corps hurled itself with the greatest possible violence at the island of Iwo Jima, where nearly a third of all Marines killed in World War II would die. As Rose demonstrates, the most important factor in any battle is the human one: At Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, the American soldier, as much as any general, proved decisive.

  For almost fifteen years, Matthew Diffee’s uniquely funny single-panel cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, winning him countless fans, awards, and fodder for more cartoons.

His new book, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, is a hilarious mix of cartoons, visual riffs, and illustrated one-liners that will appeal to anyone – even smart attractive people.

The collection contains Diffee’s funniest drawings and writings from the past decade as well as all-new cartoons and sketches organized into categories that will appeal to people in all walks of life, based on profession and circumstance.

8/31/15 Panel

Aug 31, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Doug Kerr

 

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has apparently launched an investigation into government dealings in the City of Newburgh.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses distracted drivers, Obama's trip to Alaska, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' Iowa poll results.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's trip to Puerto Rico, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio vs. the state GOP, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino running for a third term.

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