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Catching Jane Eyre in the Rye: the magical day when J.D. Salinger met Charlotte Bronte and spawned a literary hybrid

Well, if you really want to know about it, my crummy life started out pretty depressing, being an orphan and all. I was living at my Aunt's house, who was a real bitch, along with her bratty kids, who just used to beat the hell out of me because I wasn't too big a kid then. The only reason they didn't kick me into the street was my uncle, or some guy who wanted me taken care of, just before he kicked off, so I ain't complainin' too much. READ THE FULL ESSAY


The Hamilton Spectator, August 28, 1998 - The Aging of Aquarius: Peace and Polygrip at Woodstock 50

Woodstock, New York, August 15, 2019: The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Peace Festival passed quietly into history last weekend after nearly one million baby boomers, most in their 70s and 80s, shuffled and teetered onto Max Yasgur's famous farmer's field, reclined in endless, neat rows of expensive lawn chairs, and listened distractedly to the mythic popular music that has defined the largest generation in history. Police reported no cardiac arrests. READ FULL ARTICLE


Queen's University Alumni Review, September/October 1998

When Michael Rose, a brilliant 16-year old biology freshman, arrived at Queen's University from Toronto in September 1971, some of us who met him were struck by his rare mix of character traits, uncommon even at an elite university: insatiable intellectual curiosity, rock-solid self-confidence often mistaken for arrogance, and the will power to make his high career ambitions come true. Here was a dynamic young man -- actually, a boy prodigy -- who was clearly determined to push back boundaries wherever he went. READ FULL REVIEW