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Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


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A Report to the City Commissioners: A Poem About Freedom and Privacy in the Surveillance Age

At a time when the surveillance state seems stronger than ever, award-winning poet David Wagoner reminds us that sometimes even the most regimented pursuits may lead to a freedom that can only be found in unexpected places.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Rapper Nipsey Hussle Tries New Way to Sell Albums in Shifting Industry

Los Angeles-based rapper Nipsey Hussle has released his new album, “Mailbox Money,” online for free. So what’s in it for him?

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Larry Wilmore Makes His Comedy Central Bow to Promising Reviews

Stephen Colbert has a tough act to follow in replacing David Letterman on the “Late Show” later this year—but then again, following Stephen Colbert is no easy feat either. The latter job fell to Comedy Central’s newest host, Larry Wilmore, on Monday night.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



No Simple Highway

This excerpt, recounting the media reaction to the death of Jerry Garcia, is from Truthdig contributor Peter Richardson’s critically acclaimed new book, “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Oscar Nominations Give Props to Quirky ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest,’ Stir Up ‘Selma’ Controversy

The 2015 Academy Award nominations are now official, and for those willing to entertain this brand of Hollywood pageantry as a passably noteworthy indicator of sociocultural ... whatever, here’s the lineup for this year’s Oscars.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Junot Díaz: ‘We Live in a Society Where Default Whiteness Goes Unremarked’

In a recent interview published in the academic journal Paradoxa, Pulitzer prize-winning writer Junot Díaz puts his finger on the reason why racism is still so rampant in American society.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Reciting This Bilingual Poem in Schools Apparently Violates Arizona’s Absurd Ethnic Studies Law

“Tú eres mi otro yo/ You are my other me,” begins a section of a poem often taught in Arizona classrooms.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Feminist Joke About Amal Clooney’s Achievements Was Hilarious and Spot-On

As writer and transgender activist Janet Mock eloquently put it, the comedians’ presentation of George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night was pure “feminist genius.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



Overreach

A new book is arguably the best account of what went wrong with the project to turn Baathist Iraq into a liberal democracy, but flawed by the insistence that failure was inevitable due to Iraq’s sociopolitical realities.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE


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