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Blood and Suicide

Linda Gray Sexton, a survivor of suicide attempts, explores her bitter-sweet connections to her mother, famed poet and suicide victim Anne Sexton, and delves into a force that takes tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. each year.

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Make War, Not Love

The anti-war publications of the Vietnam era have given way to how-to manuals by former military men who seldom deal with moral aspects of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Twain’s ‘Hundred-Year Book’

You wouldn’t really expect Mark Twain to go about the business of composing his autobiography in a conventional manner, now would you? The iconic American author’s personal history, released in full this fall after a century, is quite an extraordinary tale—as is the story behind its creation.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



Mencken, a Curmudgeon for the Ages

There can’t be many newspapermen whose work bears rereading after more than 80 years, but Mencken is one. The six volumes of his collected “Prejudices” are cocksure about everything, but whether they are right or boneheaded, one hardly cares.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



Memoirs of an Odd One In

Garry Wills, the greatest political commentator of our time, belongs to no trendy circles unless the circle could extend backward in time to one of his most profound influences, G.K. Chesterton.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



America the Material

Berman pulls no punches in laying bare the truths about who we are, not just as a nation, but also as individuals wrapped up in the destructive pursuit of material excess. In the unswerving style of his other writings, he rips apart the national illusion of greatness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE



Three Novels That Knocked Me Out

As Virginia Woolf said in describing the library of her elusive character Jacob, “anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.” I offer you the following three novels with extravagant enthusiasm.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



Big Thumbs Up for Scheer’s ‘Stickup’

We here at Truthdig know that our own Robert Scheer really wishes that he didn’t have to write his latest book “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street,” but ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



Buddhists at War

Have you heard about Vakkali, the Buddhist sage who attained Nirvana while slicing his own throat? Of all the major faith traditions, Buddhism is often seen as the most peaceful, but “Buddhist Warfare” exposes its darker side.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



Jonathan Franzen in Womanland

“Freedom” is about something important, but the hubbub about how the critical establishment favors male literary writers like Franzen is also significant. Why has everyone cared so much? Because fiction matters.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


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