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Connected Four

As a little girl, Mae Gibson Brown used to open a compartment at the top of her mother’s chifforobe just so she could peek at the Sunday hat stored there. …

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Story Structures

The protagonist of Shy (2016), one of Deborah Freedman’s children’s books, is in hiding for most of the story. He “was happiest between the pages of a book,” we’re told. …

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Art Work

Lisa Furman and Ragaa Mazen at Albertus Magnus College

Are you a colored pencils kind of person? Maybe paint is more your thing, or clay, something that requires you to get your hands dirty. …

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Sing State

Johnny King

Johnny King is a storyteller. He tells a few when we meet…

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Glass Action

A cold draft runs from the wide open garage door at the back of Ray Mathews’s glassblowing studio through the door in the front shop. But closer to the 2,000-degree gas-fired furnace, it’s plenty warm. …

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Doctors’ Notes

Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 has “thick orchestration,” conductor Robert Smith says. “The brass parts are really high up. They go fast and you have to double tongue and triple tongue. The strings are up in seventh position… The woodwinds have …

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New Girls

Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad knows how to start a story: with a plane crash and a glass eye. …

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Ritual Variety

Outside, the wind throws silver drops of rain against the window panes and combs the fir trees. Inside, all is still except for one voice rising to the vaulted ceiling…

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All Together Now

Lillian and Russell Hoban aren’t exactly household names. “But even if you don’t know who they are, you know the books,” says Elizabeth Frengel, head of research services at the Beinecke Library. …

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Shape Shift

Fred Giampietro Gallery

Bottle cap bracelets, craft projects stitched with yarn, braided rugs, Colorforms, ribbon candy, filmstrips, analog TV, a party game called Blockhead. …

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