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Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

A new biography of Tennessee Williams is almost as much a biography of the plays as of the playwright, letting the life illuminate the work and the work illuminate the life.

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Vladimir Putin Immortalized in Herculean Fan Art

Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly knows his best angles and how to play to the camera, and he’s staged many spectacles that stretch the outer limits of credulity in a series of memorable photo-ops since the global spotlight was first trained on him.

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The Logbooks

Journalist Anne Farrow has written a profoundly personal reflection on historical memory, based on her discovery of Atlantic slave trade logbooks, and on her mother’s painful descent into dementia.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



Conflict and Looting Endangers Syria’s Precious Heritage

The country’s ongoing civil war has put the physical remains of its ancient history at risk of destruction.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



The Underground Girls of Kabul

A fascinating new book about the Afghan subculture of “bacha posh,” in which families without boys designate their young daughters to live as honorary sons.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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World Leaders Reportedly ‘Moved to Tears’ by Climate Change Poem Recital at U.N. Summit (Video)

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands, wrote a lyrical letter to her daughter about a world that may be unrecognizable—thanks to global warming—by the time the infant comes of age.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Searching for ‘Famous Men’ in Alabama: Mike Davis on His Favorite Banned Book

When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



Burning Ideas: Celebrating Banned Books Week

What does “Captain Underpants” have in common with James Joyce’s “Ulysses”?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Reportedly Will Be Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Biopic

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the lead role in “The Snowden Files,” a film about the NSA whistle-blower directed by progressive filmmaker Oliver Stone, according to Variety.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE


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