Articles by William Stavru


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The Humility of the Spaghetti Squash

The spaghetti squash is like a black actor in Hollywood: often overlooked, but deserving of accolades and top billing.  My first taste of this winter squash was years ago in Philadelphia, when my ever-resourceful roommate Heather brought one home from a green grocer.  Being from South Jersey, I was most familiar with only one member…

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Disney World Daze: A Travel Diary

What follows are pieces of a recently unearthed travel diary kept by a curmudgeonly crank visiting Walt Disney World with twelve members of his family. Archival documents confirm that the author went at the request of his sister, who thought it would be fun for the family to vacation together at the Happiest Place on…

First Aid Kit: “Stay Gold”

Johanna and Klara Söderberg may be rock’s most exciting sister act since Ann and Nancy Wilson. As First Aid Kit, the Swedish siblings delighted the NPR and indie sets with their second release, The Lion’s Roar, a collection of day-glo country folk that yielded the catchiest tune of 2012. “Emmylou” is the kind of charming…

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Aging Into Community

I finally can admit to myself that I’m getting old. This is not earth-shattering news. One important reason that aging no longer makes me anxious is that I think it’s going to mark some very surprising but positive changes in lifestyle, not only for me but for most Americans. In the current political climate, we’re…

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A Song for You. And You too.

I often wonder why some songs become standards to cover and others fade away, relegated to some bargain bin of music history, forever ignored. Obviously, a cover song is a safe bet, a way to score a big hit based on the crassest, simplistic kind of market testing: someone else did it first, and it…