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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

Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
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Herblock in the Hosbog: Musings on the Political Cartoonist with the 'Saber-Toothed' Pen
176 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The devil's walkingstick is a terribly vicious plant ringed with thorns. Studying the life of a political cartoonist, Russell Frank can't help but draw a comparison. [Read More]
To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
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To Herblock and to Spring Flowers: Postcard from Washington
177 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Call it "federal bureaucrat fantasy camp." Russell Frank reports from a working vacation in D.C., where he's doing an oral history project on arguably the greatest political cartoonist of all time. [Read More]
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Drunkenness
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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Drunkenness
178 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
"In the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Manama, Tripoli and Sana’a, masses of people are demanding civil liberties," writes Russell Frank. "In the streets of State College, the masses asserted their right to get wasted." [Read More]
Mr. Caucasian Goes to Washington
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Mr. Caucasian Goes to Washington
179 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
On a recent trip to DC, Russell Frank took a tour of his tax dollars at work. "At Education," he writes, "I went behind the building to reassure myself that no child had been left there." [Read More]
Fly Me to the Moon. Don’t Charge Me for Snacks
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Fly Me to the Moon. Don’t Charge Me for Snacks
180 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A case of cabin fever sends Russell Frank to Virgin Galactic’s website to investigate lunar tourism. A seat on "SpaceShipTwo" awaits—for $200,000. [Read More]
Keeping the Bloom on the Rose: A Valentine’s Day Guide
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Keeping the Bloom on the Rose: A Valentine’s Day Guide
181 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Devotion--not drudgery--is what comes after falling in love, writes Russell Frank. [Read More]
Super Bowl Preview!!! Sort of
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Super Bowl Preview!!! Sort of
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Shelling out $23,000 to watch a football game, writes Russell Frank, is less inspiring than spending 70 years in a happy, productive marriage. [Read More]
Newsflash: Raucousness and Rudeness Rile State College Residents
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Newsflash: Raucousness and Rudeness Rile State College Residents
183 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The latest neighborhood nuisance isn't on the sidewalk wearing a cocktail dress; it's in the sky, about to poop on your head. Perhaps, Russell Frank surmises, the crows are the students. [Read More]
Wintry Mix: The Column
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Wintry Mix: The Column
184 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As Russell Frank greets another winter day, his mind wanders. “If we look up from the headlines…,” he writes, “there is always some loveliness.” [Read More]
An Invitation to Dance with the Daffodils
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An Invitation to Dance with the Daffodils
185 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
In the last few years Russell Frank has rediscovered poetry—and its ability to provide meaning and comfort when news writing falls short. [Read More]
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