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Fourth of July Creek

Far from big cities or either coast, the characters of Smith Henderson’s first novel are the working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to.

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Angelina Jolie Imagines a World in Which Rape in War Zones Can Be Stopped

It all sounded very inspiring, the vision that actress Angelina Jolie presented during her opening speech in London on Tuesday at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



The Empty Room

Lauren B. Davis’ novel dissects the patterns of fear, denial, lies and justification that propel an alcoholic further into an addiction that destroys everything she has and is.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’ (Video)

When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles photographer Annie Appel set out to capture the faces and record the hopes of participants in 12 American cities. The result is a 572-page ready-to-print book, with a foreword from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

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A Troublesome Inheritance

Is there a topic more divisive than race? If so, perhaps it’s the pairing of science and race.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



Schlubs, Pick-Up Artists and Nerds: Hollywood Gets Its Close-Up in the Isla Vista Debate

As is always the case when catastrophic outbursts can be in any way linked to entertainment and mass culture, some critics have zoomed in on Hollywood as a fomenting agent for grandiose and antisocial delusions that wind their way into volatile minds like Elliot Rodger’s—and everyone else’s, for that matter.

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Renowned Poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou Dies at 86

“You may write me down in history/ With your bitter, twisted lies/You may tread me in the very dirt/But still, like dust, I’ll rise,” Maya Angelou wrote in one of her many forceful, unforgettable poems.

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Stokely: A Life

For too long, this country has relegated its militant black figures to the margins of the historical record. A new biography of Stokely Carmichael is a major antidote to that problem.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Will the Mighty Blockbuster Fail and the People Be Saved?

As “Godzilla” storms the box office this weekend, observers note that the entertainment industry’s lust for high profits via mega-hits is narrowing the number and kinds of stories told and amplifying conformity among the public.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston’s first novel is the emotionally subtle tale of a long-missing child’s unexpected return and a family’s complicated recovery.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE


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