... Carlin Romano ponders the risk of being a Russian dissident: 2 great takes on Russian spy drama.
... a combat veteran is impressed with Yasmina Khadra's The Sirens of Baghdad: How the war on terror can turn friend into foe... Katie Haegele looks at animated poetry: Still looking at blackbirds.
... Charles Desnoyers considers a fresh take on the Hellenistic Period: New look at a transformational era.
... Roger Miller reminds us of how original Damon Runyon was: 'Guys & Dolls': 75 years of rockin' the boat.
... Sandy Bauers expresses gratitude: Dear Author: Thanks for not killing off a fave character.
... and in a related piece, film critic Carrie Rickey considers The Jane Junkies.