Primary Rant

New York, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oregon, Indiana, Connecticut, Maryland, Arizona, and many other states have not yet held primaries or caucuses for the presidential race, and yet the media experts are in a rush to declare victors on both sides. This is what’s wrong with the approach used every four…

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Parker Lecture: Empire of Cotton

Last evening, I joined an overflow crowd at Lowell National Park Visitor Center to hear Harvard history professor Sven Beckert talk about his bestselling book, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2015; also a finalist for…

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@ Book Mill

All the writers, book-sellers, readers, and listeners at the Pollard Memorial Library’s Author Round-Up at Mill No. 5 had a top-notch time yesterday. I dare one city of Lowell’s size to come up with the writers line-up that Sean Thibodeau of the Pollard put together for readings from 12 noon…

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