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Move over, Expanded Universe: This is the ‘Star Wars’ New Canon

The Star Wars franchise has spawned many thrilling sci-fi novels – Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy, James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis novel – but with the release of The Force Awakens, most of the pre-existing expanded universe media is no longer part of the canon storyline. To fill the void, several new Star …

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Review: Mehr’s ‘Trouble Boys,’ is the unrivaled Replacements guide

After years of living in squalor on the road and playing countless gigs for little pay and sparse crowds, most bands break out to a larger audience that enables them to live a life of luxury. The tour buses grow larger, the venues grander, and the public adoration more intense. …

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Preview: UO professor blends decrepitude with comedy in photography book “Oxide”

UO digital arts professor Craig Hickman to speak about “Oxide” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. at Eugene Public Library.

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Ted Rall discusses new graphic novel Snowden this Saturday

Award-winning novelist and cartoonist speaks on privacy and security in the graphic form

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Law School Edition: Well, I guess we can’t use Atticus Finch in our law school apps anymore

America needs its heroes. Our heroes are confident, but not cocky. Wise, but not pedantic. Charismatic, but soft spoken. This summer, an American hero’s legacy was crushed under the weight of his own bigotry. With the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel published 55 …

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Q&A with Jeff Alworth, author of ‘The Beer Bible’

Goose Island Sofie. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. Dogfish Head Midas Touch. Firestone Walker Parabola. If you suffer from vertigo when you walk down mesmerically long beer aisles, Portland author Jeff Alworth can help you navigate the shelves and learn to read the idiosyncratic labels with his guide, The Beer Bible. Formerly a beer columnist for Willamette …

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Atticus Finch will be old and racist in ‘Go Set A Watchman,’ release party at Duck Store this Tuesday

Quick: think of your favorite civil rights attorney from a 20th-century novel who famously crusaded against racism in the Deep South. If you said Atticus Finch, this news may be troubling. To Kill A Mockingbird‘s follow-up novel Go Set a Watchman, which has invited excitement and skepticism in equal measure, will go on sale this Tuesday, exactly …

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Review: Alex Tizon makes his case in ‘Big Little Man’

Throughout my education, the topic of race was always firmly in place in our curriculum. It started in kindergarten, when Mrs. Rohloff had us draw Martin Luther King Jr. in celebration of his holiday. Every year from then on out, a few weeks were consistently devoted to learning about the black …

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5 books to read this summer before they hit the silver screen

Few things are more fun than reading a good book and then watching the film adaptation. These five books will be made into movies within the next year.

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Slam poet Anis Mojgani is coming to the University of Oregon

On May 14, University of Oregon students will have the opportunity to see renowned slam poet Anis Mojgani perform on campus, free of charge. Mojgani is one of two people to have won a national individual slam poetry title twice — in 2005 and 2006. He has also been a …

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Q&A: #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown to visit the UO

Daniel James Brown spoke to the Emerald about his latest book, ‘The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.’ He will also be holding a lecture in the EMU ballroom on April 16.

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What does the addition of online educational resources mean for textbooks?

Increasingly, many classes have begun to require online resources like Sapling Learning in addition to textbooks. How will this addition effect the price students pay for classes?

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‘Sorrow Arrow’ Review: Emily Kendal Frey explores the world of sorrow in her second poetry collection

Emily Kendal Frey’s latest release of over 80 poems offers insight into a range of emotional struggles, from personal relationships to fears.

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McWilliams: We like strong women and relationships, according to our literature

Many people gauge the culture of a community on their literature. What do our favorite book say about us?

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Interested in creative writing? Here’s how to get involved at the University of Oregon

“America chugs coffee like Zeus devoured ambrosia: messily, hungrily, knowingly. America tries so hard to impress older Titans.” Dante Douglas recites his original poetry in a booming baritone, installed confidently behind a microphone, his words emphasized with vitriol. “With poetry, there’s nothing else on stage,” Douglas said. “It’s a very naked situation.” He …

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Q&A: Portland author Tom Spanbauer on writing, teaching and his latest novel ‘I Loved You More’

Author Tom Spanbauer speaks to the Emerald about his latest release and the process of teaching “Dangerous Writing.”

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Book Review: 'I Loved You More' by Tom Spanbauer

Things in the world are just things. Your house, your table, your notebook, your computer, your bed, your toothbrush. Your clothes, your shoes, your socks, your car. Food. They have a life of their own unconnected to you. It’s as if you’re already dead and the world does not recognize …

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Introducing Art Ducko — the U of O's first comic magazine

The University of Oregon finally has its own comic book publication. Art Ducko had its official release party Friday at the Mills International Center. The comic publication features unique art and writing from students at the UO. The new publication was in the works last year when Alex Milshtein, editor in …

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Book Review: 'Excavation,' a memoir on unrequited love and heartache

“I was reeling,” says Wendy C. Ortiz regarding when she first found out that her junior high teacher had the hots for her. She was “over-fucking-whelmed” by encounters with Mr. Ivers, or as she later came to call him, Jeff. Ortiz’s work, Excavation: A Memoir, focuses on this scandalous, dangerous …

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Book Review: Chanel Brenner's 'Vanilla Milk,' a poetry memoir from a grieving parent

Chanel Brenner’s Vanilla Milk: A Memoir Told in Poems, is a tempered, delicate unravelling of what must have been, and still is, a relentless and heartbreaking experience. Brenner turns to poetry as an outlet to express her palette of emotions that suddenly struck her. Her eldest son, Riley, suffers an arteriovenous malformation …

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Book Review: 'Darkmouth Strikes Again' is a precise look into the world of depression

The thinly cardboard-covered, pocket-sized lyric essay collection “Darkmouth Strikes Again” by Jay Ponteri centers its interest on multiple related, yet varying themes in its brief 31 pages. Themes of sorrow, shame, uncertainty, self-loathing, longing and suicide all lie waiting to be experienced in the unassuming, petite book. Due to its being a …

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David Sedaris pays a visit to Eugene’s Hult Center

Eugene’s Hult Center was fortunate enough to host American satirical author and humorist David Sedaris on Thursday, Nov. 20. Sedaris has published a number of best-selling works, from short story collections to articles for The New Yorker and is an active contributor for NPR’s This American Life. Having sold millions of copies of his …

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David Sedaris pays a visit to Eugene's Hult Center

Eugene’s Hult Center was fortunate enough to host American satirical author and humorist David Sedaris on Thursday, Nov. 20. Sedaris has published a number of best-selling works, from short story collections to articles for The New Yorker and is an active contributor for NPR’s This American Life. Having sold millions of copies of his …

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A review of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please: Hitting the funny bone in all the right places

Christmas came early this year. On Oct. 28, comedian, SNL alum and current Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler released her first book, Yes Please. These words, when together, bring forth power and preciseness, according to Poehler. “Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no and saying ‘please’ …

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What you need to know about J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a book that once only existed in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, as a textbook for students at Hogwarts. In 2001, J.K. Rowling gave us muggles a chance to immerse ourselves further into the magical world by publishing a copy of …

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