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Reading Habits

Garth Stein

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The author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and “A Sudden Light” reveals his reading habits—and tells us to relax about that whole e-reader vs. paper book thing. [Read]


Acts of Citizenship

A girl at the 2015 Flag Day Festival welcoming new American citizens. Photo: Naomi Ishisaka, (C) Seattle CityClub

“What will you learn or do or make today and know: now I too am an American?” Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen’s poem for Seattle’s Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony. [Read]


Think & Drink with Us in Seattle on June 8, 23, and 30

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“Unveiled: Feminism, Orientalism, and Perceptions of the Middle East” and “Earth, Interrupted: Climate Change and Geoengineering” will close out spring season. [Read]

Reading Habits

Jamie Ford

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The New York Times bestselling author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” tells us who, what, where, and how he reads. And about that time he sang “Like a Virgin” at karaoke. [Read]


In Honor of Memorial Day: Whitman’s “The Wound-Dresser”

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I am faithful, I do not give out/The fractur’d thigh, the knee, the wound in the abdomen/These and more I dress with impassive hand, (yet deep in my breast a fire, a burning flame.) [Read]

5 Questions

On Being Asian American: An Interview with Sam Louie

Photo: Gexydaf, via Flickr/Creative Commons

“Growing up in America, you’re taught to personalize everything, to individuate, to be your own person,” says Sam Louie, therapist and blogger for Psychology Today. “But my family, ancestors, and culture have inculcated more of a groupthink mentality.” [Read]

5 Questions

The Bull Moose and the Evergreen State


In 1903 Teddy Roosevelt came to Washington State, where he preached sustainability before it was fashionable, introduced landmark irrigation techniques, and united the state around a vision that would last for generations. Not bad for a five-day trip. [Read]

Further Reading

Bite Into More about Washington Fruit

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Did you read Julia Harrison’s interview and start craving more fruit, sweets, and Washington State history? Here are a few things that can help satisfy. [Read]

5 Questions

Stem Education: Discovering the Stories Behind Washington Fruit

Apple tree in Steptoe, Washington. Photo: Charles Knowles, via Flickr/Creative Commons.

Julia Harrison turned a sweet tooth into a lifelong fascination with fruit, sweets, and what they say about Washington’s history and culture. [Read]

This Week & Next

How Do Sports Reflect America’s Racial Divide?

Tanya Mosley, Donald Watts, and Eric Davis

Join us for two Think & Drink events in Seattle, “You Mad Bro?: Race and Diversity Issues in Sports,” April 20 and 27 with UW basketball great Donald Watts. [Read]