The Legacy of Ritchie Valens
By Angie Romero | 02/03/2009 - 15:45

How appropriate is it that as I look out my window, snow is falling. Fifty years ago to this day, a small charter plane that was carrying Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson from Clear Lake, Iowa, to Fargo, N.D., crashed into a frozen cornfield. It was the day the music died, sang Don McLean in his 1972 hit “American Pie.” The three stars were at different points in their careers, but they were all young—Valens was only 17 years old!

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GET CULTURED: If All Goes Wrong...
By Mariela Rosario | 11/24/2008 - 14:26
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GET CULTURED: There's No Such Thing As a Free Lunch...
By Mariela Rosario | 11/21/2008 - 15:05

That is most definitely true, especially in this crapulent economy. But thankfully, there is such a thing as free Junot! Diaz, that is. The Pulitzer Prize-winning hottie (well, if nerds are your thing as they are mine) is doing a reading on Monday Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Solas Bar in NYC. So put down that new Bolaño book, which will likely take you three lifetimes to finish, and join the 39-year-old Dominican author as he thrills us with passages from his critically acclaimed, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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GET CULTURED: Tonight, I can write the saddest lines...
By Mariela Rosario | 11/19/2008 - 13:47

Sigh. I still remember the first time I came across those words back in middle school. Miss Toranzos (I think she’s on Facebook now!) made each one of us learn Neruda’s “Poema 20″ in its entirety and then recite it in front of the whole class. Of course the boys all made fun of the girls because, well, little did they know they too would be vulnerable one day.

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