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Shelf Life is a weekly book column where our staff reviews new releases, buzzed-about novels and personal favorites. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, made into a major motion picture last year, is a psychological thriller that deals with complex elements of love, hate, jealousy, obsession and lies. Although the movie was aesthetically disturbing for viewers, the …

By Zac Leonard// Contributing Writer With all of the hype behind Clint Eastwood’s new film American Sniper, many forget where the story actually came from: the autobiography. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle wrote American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History about his four tours in Iraq and proved that his talents expand …

Music journalist Billy Mazor, left, discusses the impact of music publisher Ralph Peer with Director of the Center for Popular Music Gregory Reish,right, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2014 in the College of Education. Mazor is the author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music." (John Connor Coulston / MTSU Sidelines)

By Ethan Clark, Contributing Writer  Music writer and historian Barry Mazor gave a lecture Monday evening  on music publisher Ralph Peer, a man who is credited for creating the modern music industry. Promoting his new book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Mazor spoke to students and faculty in the College of …

Music journalist Barry Mazor will speak on his book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music on Monday. Mazor, who’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Nashville Scene, will discuss the impact of Victor Records A&R agent and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Ralph Peer. Peer brought genres …

Author and professor of Sociology Dr. Joel Best discussed issues concerning student loans and debt this morning as part of a social science seminar in the James Union Building. Titled “The Student Loan Mess: How It Got Here and Why It’s Not Going Away,” Best’s lecture focused on America’s growing reliance on student loans and …

Renowned illustrator and author of children’s books, John Hendrix, opened both a display and a student show in the Todd Art Gallery with a lecture for students about the craft of illustration and the importance of visual art on Monday. Hendrix’s gallery, titled “Drawing by Heart: The Illustrations of John Hendrix,” displays a variety of his …