The Last Resort: Woke and Sleep

by Albert Vorspan   SOMEHOW, I am always out of step with the spirit of the times. For example, in the 1960s our kids were hip and dressed in ragamuffin clothes, with hair down to their knees. My wife Shirley and I marched with them for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, but we […]

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The Committee for the Proper Use of Senseless Violence

by Lawrence Bush   LAST NIGHT I WATCHED Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation (2016), which tells the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slavery rebellion in Virginia. The film is soaked through with the intense physical, sexual, and spiritual violence of American slavery — the nearly four-hundred-year-old tradition of American slavery — and it inflamed me. […]

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Letter to Nimrod

by Dan Grossman   YOUR HIGHNESS, six months ago you rose to power on a bold pledge: to build a tower to heaven. You told crowds that it would be “big” and “beautiful” and “create a million jobs,” and when you chanted “And who will pay for the tower?” we all screamed, “Heaven!” As you […]

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Rushdie’s Jibberjabbering Epic

by Marty Roth   Discussed in this essay: The Golden House. by Salman Rushdie. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017, 389 pages.   WHAT IS THIS NOVEL about? What isn’t this novel — this cross between Wikipedia and Vogue —about? A patriarch, a family, a far-off country, immigration, America; globalization, gender, identity, celebrity; good and evil, truth and lies; the weight […]

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A Wary and Weary Word on Harvey Weinstein

by George Salamon   BULLSHIT. It’s not that all the outrage about and disgust for Harvey Weinstein are misplaced. It’s just that misogyny and sexism remain such broad and deep elements in our culture that directing the outrage and disgust at Weinstein, or at Trump’s pussygrabbing exploits, lets the rest of us off for not erasing […]

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Moving Class Politics Centerstage

by George Salamon   “Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, socially and environmentally.” —Bernie Sanders, presidential campaign announcement, May 26, 2015 “Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of […]

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Bopping in the Balkans, part 4

LOOKING AT AMERICA FROM SIX HOURS LATER by Lawrence Bush To read earlier installments search “Bopping” in the search engine at right. THE PATHETIC FALLACY is a term usually applied to literature that means the attribution of human feelings or intentions to inanimate things like the weather. It might be better known as “The Snoopy Fallacy,” after Charlie […]

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Powerless Puerto Rico

by Dusty Sklar HURRICANE MARIA has destroyed Puerto Rico’s electricity, along with just about everything else, but Puerto Rico itself has been powerless for decades. The U.S. invaded the 3,435-square-mile Caribbean island in 1898 and established a unique relationship. Puerto Rico is a territory and a commonwealth of the U.S. Its 3.4 million people have […]

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