Arts & Culture

Author Interview
2:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fictionalized Politics Close to Home

A Blacksburg writer is out with a new novel of political intrigue set very close to home. Like many of his previous books, Michael Abraham’s latest gets its title from an actual town. This one is called “Orange,  Virginia.” 

Michael Abraham writes fiction, non-fiction and political essays.  This time the Blacksburg native has done a combination of all three.

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Steeped in Tradition
3:54 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Senate Bean Soup

With this wintry weather, many of us will be chowing down with a steaming bowl of hot soup.  Pay a visit the nation’s capital though and you’ll find the signature soup of the United States Senate.

Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House instituted its own version of bean soup. The major difference between the two chambers’ bean soups is onions. The Senate iteration has them; the House version does not.

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Ever-Evolving Male Trends
3:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Introducing the Lumbersexual

Credit The Atlantic/Tim Causa/Shutterstock

Many doctoral dissertations languish in libraries – their subject matter of little interest to the general public, but the work of UVA history student Willa Brown has caught the attention of men everywhere. 

Willa Brown has spent months in the North Woods, talking with lumberjacks about their lives and 

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Artist Celebrates Life
4:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day

Silver Wire Skull
Credit Artist Noah Scalin

It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame.  The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day.  Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career. 

Some artists discover their true nature late in life.  At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling.  After all, both of his parents were artists.

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Help Document History
3:24 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Library of Virginia's Novel Project for Volunteers

The Library of Virginia, on E. Broad Street in Richmond

If you’re interested in history and have a little spare time, the Library of Virginia wants you!  Sandy Hausman reports on a novel project for volunteers.

The Library of Virginia has scanned thousands of handwritten letters, diaries and documents – go to their website and have a look. But you can’t find them through a typical word-search. For that to happen, someone must type their content in the library’s database. So the state has put out a call for help.  

Manager Cathy Jordan says there’s no pay for this digital initiative, but volunteers make a priceless discovery.

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