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Imagining Yoko Ono

Kevin Concannon, Virginia Tech

Yoko Ono is best known for her marriage to John Lennon and was vilified by the press in the 1960s for her perceived role in the breakup of the Beatles. But she was an accomplished and innovative artist long before she met Lennon.

14 mins

Children of Paradise

Fred D’Aguiar, Virginia Tech

A new novel tells the story of a mother and daughter caught up in the tragic Jonestown mass suicide of 1978.

13 mins

Driving through the Heart of America

Michael Lund, Longwood University

Americans have been getting their kicks from Route 66 since John Steinbeck labeled it “The Mother Road” in The Grapes of Wrath. Lund is fascinated by the nostalgic small town life found along “America’s Main Street.” He is the author of a series of Route 66 novels.

11 mins

Reading Kerouac Today

Gordon Ball, Virginia Military Institute

Jack Kerouac wrote about his travels along Route 66 in On the Road, the novel that made him a literary success. What’s the book’s relevance sixty years after its publication?

11 mins

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