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Book: The great divide

'America, You Sexy Bitch'

‘America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom’
By Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. Da Capo Press; 309 pgs., $26.

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘The Literary Salon’ podcast

The official name of the “Literary Salon” is “The Shoreditch House Literary Salon.” But the connotations of the word Shoreditch (the etymology of which is too complex to go

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Book: You are no one

Author maps out the mysteries of the brain

‘Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain’
By Michael Gazzaniga. Ecco Press, 272 pgs., $27.99.

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Culture: Goodbye to Goodwill

June Leffler created and ran the youth-based arts and culture Goodwill Zine (GWZ) for 11 issues. Now, after a final “end of the world” issue, the end has arrived.

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Book: Poet offers up advice in a self-help memoir

‘The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir’
By Jeffrey Skinner. Sarabande Books; 184 pgs., $15.95.

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Book: Collecting Black Power history

‘Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975’ 
By Pat Thomas. Fantagraphics; 204 pgs., $39.99.

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

The Granta podcast

Like most baby boomers, I intermittently fall into the trap of believing something I have witnessed never to have existed until the moment I witnessed it.

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Book: Review of two Tranströmers

New interpretations of the Swedish poet

‘The Deleted World’ By Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Robertson. Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 41 pgs., $13.

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Book: If this couch could talk

An interview with the little brown Rustic Frog couch

In an exclusive interview, LEO Weekly caught up with the veteran brown couch from Southern Indiana’s friendly neighborhood strip club and swamp, the Rustic Frog.

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Book: Memoir tackles life, Louisville and the pursuit of happiness

‘Amerikarma’
By Sarah Ivens. Mini Moff Musings; 232 pgs., $12.