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Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice

Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice

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The Chain

A new expose of Big Pig reveals that for all the hoopla about artisanal bacon and grass fed beef, Spam and its industrial meat cousins are still what’s for dinner.

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Science Fiction Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Movingly Warns Against the Dangers of Capitalism (Video)

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings,” said Ursula K. Le Guin in her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th annual National Book Awards ceremony. “[But] any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”

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Actor Woody Harrelson Is a Self-Proclaimed Anarchist

In a recent interview with USA Today, the 53-year-old “Hunger Games” star explained his somewhat surprising views on government.

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Joan of Arc

In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn’t the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

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The Banality of Evil: Barbie Edition

Right, so it’s not like anyone would actually turn to the Barbie product line for an accurate depiction of ... well, anything, but this infernal little whittle-waisted doll still finds a way to stick to many girls’ formative years like a bad gel manicure.

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Bill Cosby’s ‘Spanish Fly’ Routine Makes for Uneasy Listening as Rape Claims Circulate

Bill Cosby wasn’t always all about pudding pops, inscrutable sweaters and “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

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Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality

For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

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‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears

Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

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The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

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Black Panthers: The Musical

“Party People” examines the complexity and struggle of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

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