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Archive for April, 2010

The Dolphin Theory of Economic Revitalization
April 24th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

When towns lose major businesses, city leaders often try to recruit another big industry to take its place.  Greg Fairchild (University of Virginia) calls that “going after the whale.”  But he thinks communities might be healthier if they successfully lure several smaller companies, which he calls “dolphins.”  Also: In the small community of Sarayaku in […]

Entrepreneurs: Born, not Made
April 17th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Are you an entrepreneur? Plenty of books claim that you can be one if you set your mind to it. But James Koch (Old Dominion University) believes such claims are false. Entrepreneurs, he argues, consistently exhibit distinct, innate personality traits that set them apart from the pack, taking some of the gamble out of entrepreneurial […]

Poetry in a Recession
April 10th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

From Homer to Chaucer to Rita Dove, poetry has plumbed and expressed human strife, love, and everyday realities.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  His poems explore the lives of family and friends coping with economic devastation in Michigan.  Also: Kevin Shortsleeve (Christopher Newport University) is co-editing an anthology […]

Live at the Paramount!
April 3rd, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Recorded before a live audience at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville at this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book, a distinguished panel of award-winning authors discusses and reads from their books: Lee Smith (Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger), E. Ethelbert Miller (The Fifth Inning), Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge), and Colum McCann (Let the Great […]