25 years later, the surprising parallels between ‘Rigoletto’s’ writer and its main character

SALT LAKE CITY — Leo Paur grew up fighting. Every time a challenge would come his way, he felt obligated to respond. None of his siblings reacted the same way, but for Paur, fighting was second-nature. “It was just the way (I) did things,” he said. Continue reading “25 years later, the surprising parallels between ‘Rigoletto’s’ writer and its main character”

Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years

SALT LAKE CITY — Every so often, a talented writer will discover a story lost to history with tremendous application for today. Such is the case with Yale University historian Joanne Freeman and her latest book. Continue reading “Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years”

10 years after the first ‘Mistborn’ trilogy, Utah author Brandon Sanderson reflects on the question that started it

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah author Brandon Sanderson wanted to know what would happen if the bad guy won.

“What if Frodo (from ‘Lord of the Rings’) had gotten to the end of the long journey through Mordor and the Dark Lord Sauron said, ‘Hey, that’s my ring. Thanks for bringing it back,” Sanderson said in an email interview. Continue reading “10 years after the first ‘Mistborn’ trilogy, Utah author Brandon Sanderson reflects on the question that started it”