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There was much more to celebrated gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson than the drug- and booze-addled caricature he fostered in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works. In a discussion of his book Freak Kingdom, George Mason University’s Timothy Denevi takes stock of a forceful literary and political journalist who was in his prime from 1963 through Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
Michael Kranish, an investigative political reporter for The Washington Post and co-author of the 2016 best-seller Trump Revealed, examines a once-celebrated, now-overlooked sports and civil rights trailblazer in a discussion of his book The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero.
What do we make – what does their home state of Kansas make – of Charles and David Koch? Business reporter Christopher Leonard examines their shrewdly and stealthily run empire in a discussion of his new book Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America.
We’re all writers now through email, texts, Facebook posts, and countless other avenues. Drawing from her new book Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side, former New York Times Op-Ed editor Trish Hall offers guidance on how to communicate more effectively and persuade (almost) anyone on (nearly) anything.
Irish-born comedian David Nihill looks at how stand-up comedy principles can be applied to public speaking, drawing from his book Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (And Funnier) Public Speaker. Learn to deliver a speech with perfect timing, just the right touch of humor, and no flop sweat.
One of a very few completely handwritten and illuminated Bibles produced since the invention of the printing press, The Saint John’s Bible is a masterpiece of the ancient crafts of calligraphy and illumination. Its team of scribes wrote on calfskin vellum, using turkey, goose, and swan quills with natural inks, hand-ground pigments, and gold and silver leaf gild.
Kansas City is awash in red as the Chiefs approach a new season of super-sized possibilities. But have they cut corners on player character? Whither baseball’s Royals, reverted from World Series champions to all-too-persistent losers, and the local college triumvirate of KU, K-State, and Mizzou?