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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was still on my to-watch list. The pandemic didn’t put it on the front burner. Then I read William Evans’ essay, “Into the Spider-Verse Got Three Moments Better Than the Best Moment of Your Favorite Comic Book Movie Not Named Into the Spider-Verse” and I stopped everything to watch that 2018 film. (Don’t judge me, reporting on the pandemic had me occupied.) ...

NONFICTION: Looking at jobs that are outwardly condemned by a privileged class that subtly encourages the work. "Dirty Work" by Eyal Press; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (320 pages, $28) ——— Journalist Eyal Press' latest book, "Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America," will sully many readers' consciences. In this study of jobs connected to the prison industry, drone ...

FICTION: Jaime Cortez's hilarious short story collection gives incisive glimpses of blue-collar Mexican American life. "Gordo: Stories" by Jaime Cortez; Black Cat (208 pages, $16) ——— Literarily speaking, the expanse of California land between San Jose and Salinas is frequently referred to as Steinbeck Country, a rich agricultural region also known as the Salad Bowl of the Nation that inspired ...

UW beefed up its defensive front by landing defensive tackle Curtis Neal. 

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