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Russell Frank

Russell Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State in 1998. He roots for the Yankees, plays blues guitar and harmonica (badly), bikes and hikes for physical exercise and does The New York Times crossword puzzle for mental exercise. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away all the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. He is the author of "Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet." His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Bye Bye Barry, We’re Gonna Miss You So
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Bye Bye Barry, We’re Gonna Miss You So
17 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
By the time you read this column the presidency of Barack Obama will be ticking down to its last 48 hours. For some this is cause for celebration. I’m among the mourners. [Read More]
Looking for Keys in All the Wrong Places
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Looking for Keys in All the Wrong Places
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
When we arrived at our temporary home here, Brock Nelson was waiting with the keys. Perhaps you haven’t heard of Brock Nelson. Not being a hockey follower, I hadn’t either. He’s a member of the New York Islanders. Here is how he and I became acquainted. [Read More]
And Now, a Moment of Harmonic Convergence
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And Now, a Moment of Harmonic Convergence
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Remember the Harmonic Convergence? It happened in August 1987. The sun, the moon and Earth’s Solar System siblings were aligned in an equilateral triangle, or grand trine, that was supposed to herald the dawn of an age of peace. [Read More]
If You’re Happy and You Know It, Trash the Town
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If You’re Happy and You Know It, Trash the Town
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
What you find in a violent crowd, author Bill Buford says, is 'the dark satisfactions' of nothingness. 'Nothingness in its beauty, its simplicity, its nihilistic purity.' [Read More]
A Hallelujah Thanksgiving
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A Hallelujah Thanksgiving
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Of course they should come, the rest of us agreed. The only questions were, should we talk about the elephant in the room? And could we, without spoiling the feast? I thought we should and we could. [Read More]
Aviation and Its Discontents
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Aviation and Its Discontents
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
In a burst of industrious ant-ism, I, normally a lazy grasshopper, made my Thanksgiving travel plans at the end of August. [Read More]
How to Talk about the Election on Thanksgiving
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How to Talk about the Election on Thanksgiving
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
At first I thought our recent democratic exercise would have to be off-limits on Thanksgiving Day. With Clinton voters passing gravy boats to Trump voters and Trumpistas helping Clintonistas to yams, I didn’t see how we could get all the way through the pies without the discussion taking a testy t [Read More]
The Jitters Were Warranted
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The Jitters Were Warranted
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
My thinking was that Trump's support was thinner than it looked. His crowds looked big, but surely there were millions of Republicans who, whatever they told reporters or pollsters, would, in the privacy of the voting booth, pick the more qualified candidate. [Read More]
We're All Over the News (Uh-oh)
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We're All Over the News (Uh-oh)
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Our little town and our big university are making national news again, for better and for worse. Russell Frank takes a closer look at four stories that drew national interest in the past week [Read More]
It's Time to Give Lifers a Chance at Life
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It's Time to Give Lifers a Chance at Life
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
There's a faint glimmer of hope for Pennsylvanians who are condemned to spend the rest of their lives in prison. [Read More]
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