Russ Kick is the editor of an ambitious project called The Graphic Canon. This three volume series covers classics of literature rendered in an stunning range of graphic art forms.
The series begins at the dawn of literature with the Epic of Gilgamesh. The third and final edition of the Graphic Canon will cover literature of the 20th Century and will be issued next March. In this interview Russ Kick describes how he conceived of this project and then proceeded to bring it to fruition.
It's been a year of ups and downs for Flint Michigan's Calcaska. After going from a four-piece band to a trio, the members have spent time honing their sound in preparation for a busy year in 2013. Lead singer Jeff Gingrich spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the band's plans for the future and the evolution of their sound during 2012.
Calcaska will perform on October 12 at Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton.
The years leading up to the Civil War were tumultuous ones. John's Brown's raid on the Federal armory at Harper's Ferry, Virginia served as a flash point for what was to follow. Tony Horwitz has delved into this fascinating slice of history with his usual reportorial zest.
Brown was opposed to slavery. Violently opposed. A deeply religious man, Brown's interpretation of the Bible left no doubt in his mind that slavery was wrong. He was willing to give his life for the abolitionist cause. And he was willing to sacrifice the lives of others as well.
It has been five long years since Junot Diaz published his fabulous novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." If you have read that book then you know that near the end of it we learned that Oscar's story was actually being told by his friend Yunior.
Now Yunior is back as the lead character in a collection of stories called "This is How You Lose Her." Yunior is a writer and an incorrigible player. Yunior certainly does love the ladies. And he has no sense of shame.
In this interview Junot Diaz provides some rare glimpses into his creative process.