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New York Theater Review:  ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’

In her first Truthdig theater review, actor and writer Eunice Wong takes in director David Hare’s stage production of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion’s haunting memoir about the sudden death of her husband (she would also later lose her daughter) and the heartbreaking mind tricks she used to try to conjure him back.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Sam Harris Strikes Back

The following is Sam Harris’ response to Chris Hedges’ essay, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” Last week the two Truthdig contributors battled one another over the issues of religion and politics during a live debate in Los Angeles. While they both agree on the dangers posed by religious fundamentalism in America, their views on religion in general differ greatly, as you will soon read.

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Squinting at the Election

The presidential candidates of both parties have been campaigning for months now, introducing themselves to the nation. So why do so many of them seem to get progressively fuzzier and less distinct, like photographs left out in the sun? Is it the process that’s causing this steady attenuation, or does the problem lie with the candidates themselves?

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Immigration Reform’s Rosy Future

Senators on both sides of the aisle have serious misgivings about the immigration reform bill but, at the end of the day, it’s just too good a political opportunity to let slip away.

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Draining the Swamp

With the furor over the war funding bill, you may not have noticed that Congress did something right this week. Although it will likely threaten their tenuous hold on a majority, the Democrats pushed through legislation to further limit the influence of lobbyists in Washington.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Tillman and Kovic on War and Sacrifice

In honor of Memorial Day, Truthdig presents two of the most powerful pieces we’ve featured by two invaluable veteran voices—Kevin Tillman (pictured) and Ron Kovic—who remind us of the brutal human costs of war.  (Click here to read Kovic’s article.)

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


Wolfowitz’s Next Assignment

The satirist jokes that George W. Bush, recognizing Paul Wolfowitz’s uncanny ability to blow it, has decided to appoint the former Iraq war salesman and World Bank scandal magnet as the president of al-Qaida.

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Memorializing the Deadly Myth of John Wayne

On the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth, falling as it does on Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig presents two pieces connecting the hype of the celluloid “war hero” who never fought to the hard human costs of war.  It was the Duke’s deadly myth, after all, that would lead young men like Ron Kovic to sacrifice life and limb in needless wars. 

Posted on May 26, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Grow Up, Progressives!

The veteran political observer argues that the Democrats’ retreat on the war spending bill is but a temporary setback in a much longer struggle they are sure to win, if only opponents of the war are patient, determined and ready for the next fight.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Play Softball With Scandal

With one startling revelation after another rolling out of the Justice Department, one would think congressional Republicans would feel enough duty to the Constitution, their constituents and themselves to investigate the assault on one of America’s most sacred institutions.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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