Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87.
Kurt Vonnegut’s elevation of firefighters, a recurring theme in his work and speeches, comes from personal, and local, experience: Vonnegut volunteered with the Alplaus Fire Department when he lived across the street in an apartment above a grocery store and worked in public relations for General Electric in Schenectady.
In his first extended print interview since he retired, “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson spoke with Jenny Robb, the curator and associate professor at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University.
By Jack Rightmyer/For The Sunday Gazette
March 8, 2015
Since Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson died ten years ago, fans of immersive journalism and stories that explore society’s ragged edges have had an insatiable need to fill that void and find the next outrageous journalist. Kent Russell appears to be the newest young writer to be labeled the next Hunter S. Thompson.
On Tuesday evening in the Schenectady County Community College auditorium, Gilbert King, a guest speaker invited in honor of Black History Month, commanded the attention of a small, but riveted audience of about 30 people as he told the story of Thurgood Marshall’s life before he became a Supreme Court justice.
by Jack Rightmyer/For The Sunday Gazette
February 22, 2015
In her new book, “Is Shame Necessary: New Uses for an Old Tool,” New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet argues that it’s time to bring back shame as an effective tool for the weak against the strong.
When Richard Cerasani looks at the majestic stone heads carved on Mount Rushmore, he sees his parents. His father, Arthur, was one of the sculptors who helped create the national memorial, while his mother, Mary, encouraged him from afar.