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Mo Yan 101
Sometime in the late 1960s or early seventies, a neighbor told Guan Moye about a writer he knew whose work was so popular that he could afford to eat jiaozi—“those tasty little pork dumplings
A Fish Story
California finds its own history in a documentary about the punk/funk/ska band Fishbone.
After Shock
Maine holds a conference relating war trauma to classical literature in Washington, D.C.  
Wheel of Cogitation
Oregon Humanities’ Wheel of Cogitation travels about to street fairs with the aim of starting conversations that lead to an exchange of ideas.
Brain Booster
This ingenious handmade apparatus for cranial osteopathy, ca. 1930s, was constructed from pieces of two catchers’ mitts and a belt.