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Living on a Dollar a Day

Nearly 1.8 billion people live in extreme poverty, most barely surviving on $1 a day. A new book of photography documents the everyday lives of the world’s poorest people.

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Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor

“ ‘Hurry, hurry, hurry,’ she said, for it was dark then, and she knew that we are bound, one to another, in licentious benevolence for only a single day, and that day was nearly over.”

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Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism.

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Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado in Pot Dispute

Nearly a year after Colorado blazed a trail in the movement to legalize recreational marijuana use in the U.S., two neighboring states are totally harshing the stoner mecca’s mellow.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ as U.S. Unofficially Blames North Korea

Seth Rogen’s comedy about the fictional assassination of real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will not get its day in court, or theaters, as it were.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Sony Hackers Warn of 9/11-Style Attack on Theaters That Show ‘The Interview’

Whoever is actually behind the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment knows how to play to the public’s imagination on the same super-sized scale as their targets in the film industry do for a living.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Profoundly Conservative’ Myths

“Both ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ turn on the ‘return of the king’ to his rightful throne,” and in both stories ” ‘victory’ means the reassertion of a feudal social structure which had been disrupted by ‘evil,’ ” fiction author Damien Walter writes of some of the 20th century’s most celebrated works of imagination.

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Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



Story/Time

“Story/Time: The Life of an Idea,” by acclaimed dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, reads like the origin story of a superhero, in which the most intriguing parts revolve around how the superhero discovers and acquires his power.

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Is North Korea Behind Hack Attack on Sony?

As top brass at Sony Pictures Entertainment scramble to contain the considerable fallout from last month’s cyberattack by a hacking collective calling itself Guardians of Peace, investigators still haven’t pinpointed the geographical source of the online onslaught. 

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE


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