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Rad American Women A-Z

Attention, parents and teachers: This is an alphabet book with a difference. A is for Angela Davis, Z is for Zora Neale Hurston. In between are scientists, poets, pilots and others, half of whom are women of color, who have long been left out of children’s history books.

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‘He Named Me Malala’ Film Review: Who’s Behind the Persona?

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim documents the public side of the world-famous Pakistani education crusader but gives us only fleeting glimpses of the real girl.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Americans Don’t Party Like They Used To

Depressed finances, artisanal culture and the comfortable snare of social media may be leading millennials to throw and attend fewer house parties than previous generations of Americans.

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‘The Daily Show’ TV Review: Will the Real Trevor Noah Please Stand Up?

The clip was quick, the jokes staccato, sketches were short and Noah was slick—maybe too slick.

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Boredom Is Not a Problem to Be Solved

“Don’t replace boredom with work or fun or habits. Don’t pull out a screen at every idle moment. Boredom is the last privilege of a free mind,” writes Gayatri Devi.

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W.H. Auden, Complete

These six volumes of the work of W.H. Auden call to mind the great poet’s comment on the writing of another author: “It is a book in which one can browse for a lifetime without exhausting its treasures.”

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‘Channeling James Wright’: A Satirical Poem With an Important Message

Shelley Puhak updates James Wright’s “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” to give it a modern political twist. The full title of her poem is “Channeling James Wright Near a Sand Mining Site in Minnesota.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Viola Davis’ Emmy Speech Is So Darn Important

On Sunday, she became the first black woman ever to win an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series, and she used her time onstage to make a powerful political statement about what it’s like to be black and female in Hollywood and the U.S.

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‘Prophet’s Prey’ Film Review: This American Horror Story Is All Too Real

Amy Berg’s disturbing documentary on the Warren Jeffs polygamist sect zooms in on a story that oozes with archetypal evil.

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Enough of This Nonsense About Steve Jobs Being an Artist

The triumph of Steve Jobs, Apple and tech in general was ushering in a new language of business. The iPhone is not a hand-held computer; it is an “extension of oneself.” And Jobs and his disciples are not merely businessmen and technicians but also “poets and artists.”

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