Drawing inspiration from sources such as 1984 and The Running Man, as well as the gladiatorial games in ancient Rome, Suzanne Collins raises the bar in the dystopia genre with her gripping trilogy about survival and mass media gone too far.
Here at the Kansas City Public Library, we like to think big. Brobdignagian books line our parking garage, baffling bloggers  worldwide. Our collection is huge, numbering over a million titles. And as the 2010-11 Script-in-Hand  season of free public plays shows, we like our drama big, too.
In his preamble  to the Fall 2010 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly  Lewis Lapham writes, “Pericles conceived of ancient Athens as the expression of man’s humanity to man.” Though this notion seems a far shot from today’s Midwestern cityscapes, a recent battle over an old building in the heart of Kansas City shows that people feel a definite, human connection to our city’s defining places.