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Peter Z. Scheer

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Peter Z. Scheer
Peter Z. Scheer
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Peter Scheer grew up in the newspaper business, spending family vacations with his mother at newspaper editors’ conferences, enjoying daycare in editorial departments and begrudgingly reviewing his father’s columns on the way to school. Tagging along with his father on an expedition to Southeast Asia for Microsoft’s (now defunct) MungoPark.com, Peter found himself in the middle of a spontaneous Cambodian coup, alone and surrounded by armed teenagers. It was at that moment that he re-evaluated his parents’ chosen profession and wondered whether the family business was a sensible career path.

Having survived the incident, as well as a later encounter with giant bird-eating spiders, Peter went on to major in communication at the University of Southern California. During a study abroad trip to Hong Kong, Peter found himself in the middle of the SARS epidemic, and, recalling armed Cambodians, wondered why his travel luck was so consistently poor. Having survived the SARS epidemic, Peter returned to USC, where he continued to delay choosing a career. After graduation, he quickly entered the movie business. After a couple of years of long hours and “colorful” personalities, the armed Cambodians didn’t seem so bad, and he stopped refusing his father’s invitation to work part-time for Truthdig. He is now the Managing Editor.

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Arts and Culture


Paul Stumpr (CC-BY-SA)

Why I Won’t Be Devastated If My Neighborhood Bookshop Goes Out of Business

Agatha Christie has sold 4 billion books, and they might have “one or two.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Facebook Is In Danger of Becoming Friendster

Facebook unveiled yet another ambitious plan this week, but the social network desperately needs a tuneup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE


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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Secret Message of Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was so wide ranging and inclusive, it’s almost difficult to recall the most ambitious proposals.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE


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Ear to the Ground


AP/dapd/Daniel Maurer

Three Things the Next Pope Can Do to Save the Roman Catholic Church

I don’t expect the Vatican to take my advice, which is only fair since I’ve been ignoring theirs my whole life.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE


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Ken Lund (CC-BY-SA)

Don’t Secede, Just Move

There is a growing and idiotic movement by people dissatisfied with American democracy in the form of President Obama’s re-election to secede from the union. I have a better idea: Just move.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE


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Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Photo by Devin Smith (CC-BY)

If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE


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