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Noah Mahrer

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In 'Song of the Shank,' Allen blends music and history

During his minstrel career in the late 1800s, autistic savant Blind Tom was reportedly able to play three different songs in three different keys at three different tempos simultaneously. Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of The Shank, a luminous novel set during the aftermath of the Civil War, follows the story of this man, a slave who became a national phenomenon after being sold into show business.

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Cher Knight delves into Disney's darker side

By the end of a vacation at Disney World, many visitors are familiar with Cinderella’s iconic castle, but fewer know about the complex web of underground tunnels to be explored underneath it.