There been a huge resurgence of interest in the legacy of inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla in recent years. Locally, renewed interest has been sparked by this year’s “All Pikes Peak Reads” on the theme of “Innovation” and the fact that Tesla conducted some of his most ambitious experiments in Colorado Springs in 1899.

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Stick Work

On September 8, 2010 By

Internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty, the man behind the “stick huts” on the Colorado College campus at the northeast corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade in Colorado Springs, has just been featured in the latest issue of People Magazine and has just published a book. We spoke with Dougherty during the creation of his piece on the CC campus.

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Zine Garden

On August 31, 2010 By

Full of diaries, cartoons, essays, articles and poems by herself and others about everything from gender bending chickens to a primer on garlic, Sandra Knauf’s wide-eyed struggles with the earth and its bounty (or not) over the past decade make her zine approachable and highly relatable. On top of that, there’s a lot of practical gardening and urban farming wisdom to be gleaned.

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In this slide show, outgoing printer and teacher Colin Frazer talk about his work, the move and the new home for The Press at Colorado College.

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David Mason can put another feather in his wreath: Colorado Poet Laureate. Governor Bill Ritter will officially make the announcement on the West Steps of the State Capitol in Denver on Thursday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m.

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Colorado Springs native Jim Lewis attended Cheyenne Mountain High School then went on to Colorado College to study history and philosophy and eventually became a Broadway book writer. He’s nominated for a Tony Award for his book Fela! about the great Nigerian singer Fela Kuti. Kathryn Eastburn spoke with Lewis by phone.

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We’re going to try something different this time for The Big Something Book Club. Rather than keeping the topic/author strictly local, we’re going to join the #1b1t (aka 1 Book 1 Twitter) discussion started by Wired Magazine contributing editor Jeff Howe. NPR did a story on how this all came [...]

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I’ll confess right away that I still haven’t quite “finished” reading Ann Zwinger’s Beyond the Aspen Grove, the subject of tonight’s Big Something Book Club at Poor Richard’s Bookstore at 6 p.m. Somehow, reading it straight through felt impossible, if not sacrilegious. I’ve picked up the book many times over the [...]

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People often ask us when we think we’ll run out of ideas for The Big Something. It’s a good question, and all things have beginnings, middles and ends. But without trying to sound cheeky, we truly believe there are an infinite number of ways to see things with new eyes every day without straining [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce that the second book in our bi-monthly Big Something Book Club will be Ann Zwinger‘s Beyond the Aspen Grove. We chose it both because we aim to choose books that pertain to the life and culture of the Pikes Peak Region, but also because Zwinger’s 1970 [...]

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(We recommend clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the slideshow to watch this in full-screen.)

If you’ve ever poked around in the children’s section at the Penrose Public Library downtown then you may have seen a little locked glass cabinet full of lovely, out-of-print children’s books. We had a feeling [...]

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For Conrad and Jane Hilberry, poetry is all in the family. Both English teachers and writers (Jane teaches at Colorado College), the two have shared a lifelong love of the craft that Conrad passed on to Jane when she was still a teenager. The two have just released a collection of poems that [...]

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Bonnie Nadzam, who we interviewed this past August, will read tomorrow night in McHugh Commons on the Colorado College campus at 7 p.m. Full details HERE. You can listen to Bonnie read a portion of her novel and listen to an interview below.

In literature, examining taboos is often the [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce the first-ever book for the first-ever Big Something Book Club: Jon Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.

More about why we chose this book below. But first, here are a few simple things we hope our book club will do:

1). Foster [...]

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YA Novel for Poetry Nerds

On October 23, 2009 By

YA (Young Adult) fiction is perhaps epitomized by Judy Blume on one hand and J.D. Salinger on the other: angsty and precocious teen or pre-teen protagonists face life’s darker mysteries with little more than their wits and the vernacular. YA fiction spans all genres, however, and has been enjoying a surge in popularity [...]

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Even with the All Pikes Peak Reads spotlight shining brightly on the writings of Science Fiction master Robert A. Heinlein (author of Have Spacesuit—Will Travel, one of the books on the APPR list for this year’s space theme), few are aware that Heinlein and his wife Ginny called Colorado [...]

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First of all, a gigantic THANK YOU to all the new and renewing KRCC members who made this Fall fund drive a spectacular success. Because of you, we were able to raise $200,000 in Just over a week! Thank you thank you. We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing you all our great on-air [...]

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In the first installment of this two-part series, Matt Mayberry, Director of the Pioneers Museum, talked about some of his favorite artifacts from the museum’s collection. In this second installment, he discusses some of the myriad paper materials in the museum’s holdings that illustrate the importance and beauty of original documents in the [...]

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This was another of the earliest Big Something posts and, because we fear you may have missed it, we want to present it you again as we implore: You should read this comic book by Colorado Springs native Kollin Strand!

Here’s the original post from this past May:

If you don’t mind us saying [...]

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In literature, examining taboos is often the quickest way to open the heart of a culture’s darkest fears and secrets. What we most abhor often marks the limits of our shared identity. So what happens when we cross those lines? For Bonnie Nadzam, the Daehler Fellow in Creative Writing at Colorado College, [...]

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We’re always excited when talented locals make good on the national stage. A new, locally-developed iPhone-only pulp magazine called Steampunk Tales was just released by Colorado Springs-based programmer and engineer John Sondericker and it’s already gotten over a thousand links on Google, including a write-up on one of the biggest Mac blogs [...]

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Many in the Pikes Peak Region will remember Jeff Sharlet as the writer who profiled New Life Church in the 2005 Harper’s Article, “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch.” Sharlet’s article was among the first national media spotlights pointed at Ted Haggard’s empire as it rose to international power shortly before [...]

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