Commentary

Justin Cary

Duck à l’Orange was once the best known duck recipe in the world. Popularized in the United States by Julia Child, it seemed to be on the menu of every French restaurant in the 1960s.

Over the years the dish’s star power has faded, according to some food experts. But if that is the case, someone forgot to let the rest of the world know.

We are—most of us—enchanted by fairy tales when we’re young. Stories of princesses and monsters, heroes and villains and magic. And then we grow up, and become cynical. These stories turn into just stories, they lose their ability to move us and amaze us and scare us.

Smartphones are the most prolific gaming platform out there - while most people don’t buy their phone to play games on, it’s always an option - and there are games of all types available. This wasn’t true before 2007 or so, where your game options on your phone were generally limited to Snake, and, if you were lucky, Tetris. The Game Boy and other portable gaming systems have been around for years, too, but there was definitely some demand for a convergence between the devices.

I’m worried about the the Wichita city flag. It’s beautiful. It instills civic pride. And it’s more popular than sliced bread, "Game of Thrones" and cat videos all combined. You can buy t-shirts with the Wichita flag on them at the grocery store. It’s on socks and skateboards and murals. Every other car, mine included, has either a Wichita flag license plate or window sticker on it. Recently there was an unveiling of city street sweepers emblazoned with giant painted Wichita flags.

Who will win the race for governor of Kansas this year?

I think that Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer are the leading candidates for the Republican nomination.  Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer is also coming on as a possible strong contender, and he has had some success in raising money.

In 1973, the US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. However, the abortion laws that Roe negated were relatively new. 

OnWords: Word Of The Year

Jan 23, 2018

Late in December each year, authorities on language such as those who curate the Oxford English Dictionary release their word of the year.

I use the word “curate” purposefully to describe what those who assemble dictionaries do, as the best description of a dictionary I ever heard was that it is a “museum for words.”

Laura Moriarty’s new dystopian novel, American Heart, pays homage to Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Dusty Grant is a singer-songwriter based in Wichita.

I’ve been writing songs since college. I was about 19 when I started. I got my first taste of writing writing rap metal. I was in Omaha, Nebraska, that’s where I got my start. I had a band that was fairly popular in the area. Then I got more into metal scene. Now, I’m writing all the stuff by myself. I’m writing all the guitars and everything.

Chloe Benjamin’s new book, The Immortalists, begins in the 1960s, with four siblings, aged 7 to 13, visiting a Romani fortune teller on New York’s lower east side. Each sibling is granted an individual audience with the fortune teller, and each is told the date they will die.

The novel then follows the siblings through their decades, punctuated with invisible question marks, and an unspoken debate about destiny vs. choice.

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