In his uplifting Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of TheaterNew York Times Magazine writer Michael Sokolove goes back to his suburban high school to profile the best teacher he had - the indomitable Lou Volpe, who for 40 years ran such a demanding and provocative theater program that the school was routinely selected to test-run adaptations of Broadway shows looking to break into the high school market (“Spring Awakening"; "Rent"). It would at first seem like “Drama High” will hew to a "Glee"-like narrative, but Sokolove (disclosure: a friend of mine) surprisingly and tenderly peels back the essence and commitment of the high school theater experience. He also charts Volpe’s slow not-quite-coming-out process and, at one point, brings up a central heartbreak: How the most eager (and probably gay) boys in drama club are never as desirable to the director as the idea of the jock who forsakes varsity athletics to audition for the leading-man role." - Hank Stuever, author of Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present
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President Obama Shops Indie…and chooses Riverhead!
"President Barack Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, went on what has become an annual book shopping spree on Saturday, stopping at a bookstore to promote an event called Small Business Saturday.
The First Family, in casual dress, stopped traffic in Politics and Prose, a tiny locally-owned store in Northwest Washington. They took time to mingle with camera-phone wielding shoppers before heading to the checkout. They purchased about two dozen books, including “The Lowland,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: Other stories” by Carson McCullers, “Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews, and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini."
Riverhead author Anne Lamott shares her holiday book recommendations. Take a look at the link!
Rob Robbins and Steve Rupp have been diving under the Antarctic sea ice for a combined 60 years. Hang around their dive headquarters at McMurdo Station and you’ll see rows of oxygen tanks, wetsuits, and breathing apparatus; above an old mulberry couch, a map labeled Ross Sea Soundings in Fathom and Feet; a Magic 8 Ball (“we consult it for anything and everything!”), Maxwell House coffee grounds, and a wall of magnetic poetry (“nuzzle me bad”). You’ll hear constant jokes like “it’s a fish-eat-fish world” while reading daunting titles on the bookshelves: Proceedings of Repetitive Diving Workshop; Man in the Sea Volumes I & II; Mixed Gas Diving; and the Antarctica Scientific Diving Manual, which includes this advice: “drilling a safety hole allows continued surface access in cases where a Weddell seal appropriates the primary dive hole.” (via Antarctica marine science: Research and artist program resume after shutdown.)