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THIS INSTALLMENT UPDATED JAN. 21

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text][edgtf_dropcaps type="normal" color="#aa1217" background_color=""]A[/edgtf_dropcaps]fter 10-plus months of staying at home, you've probably developed a much closer relationship with Netflix. And your Kindle. And Spotify. The list goes on. We're grateful, because film, TV, books and music have kept many of us sane. But have you run out of meaningful stuff to consume? Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal survey in which various national tastemakers -- actors, artists, directors, musicians and other creative types -- shared some of their quarantine discoveries, The Munro Review offers a local version. This series will feature a handful of new picks every few days, and you'll find the older responses at the end of each new installment (see below). You're welcome to put your own discoveries in the comments section.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_separator color="black" style="dotted" border_width="4"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_custom_heading text="Nora Chapman" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:42|text_align:center|color:%23aa1217" google_fonts="font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal" css_animation="none"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="19678" img_size="270x270" alignment="center" css_animation="none"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]Interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and professor of classics and humanities at Fresno State [edgtf_dropcaps type="normal" color="#aa1217" background_color=""]Q[/edgtf_dropcaps]uarantine discoveries: "Alexa, which I thought was Big Brother incarnate when I saw it on my sister’s kitchen counter a year ago, but after receiving one as a gift in March, it's become the amazing device that plays a vast range of music, provides scads of information and helpful reminders, and displays photos of beautiful places around the world that inspire dreams of future trips." Up next: Broadening her knowledge of all types of music until we can all gather again to listen in person.

Interesting news from Fresno Pacific University: Primarily face-to-face instruction will return to all Fresno Pacific University campuses for the fall of 2021. In a news release Wednesday morning, FPU president Joseph Jones said: “Our campuses have felt empty since in-person instruction ended in March 2020 and we look forward to meeting face-to-face again this fall as much as is safely possible. Progress with vaccines has made us more optimistic than ever about prospects for bringing this community physically back together to provide the education we know is most effective.”