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Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

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Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



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New App Promises to Help You Read a Novel in 90 Minutes or Less, but Is That Really Feasible?

The short answer is speed reading is more or less possible, with and without this app.

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Consuming Book Publishing

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The End of the Book

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Why Hitler and ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Are Amazon Best-Sellers

Due to the inconspicuous nature of e-books, “Mein Kampf” seems to be in everyone’s hands these days; scientists have created an algorithm that can predict whether a book will be a best-seller; working in the arts can lead to high levels of happiness. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Now They Tell Us: The Universe Is a Hologram?

Physicists have found evidence in simulations that the universe is quite possibly a projection; the latest Edward Snowden leak reveals the NSA uses Google cookies when determining whom to hack; meanwhile, the National Library of Norway is digitizing all of its books and making them free to read online. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Truthdig Critics Win National Entertainment Journalism Awards

Peter Richardson and Chris Hedges took home the first and second place trophies, respectively, in the online critic category at the L.A. Press Club’s Sixth Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards on Sunday.

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The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

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The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

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Is College Worth It?

These four books are written in the shadow of the suspicion that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—concerning hard work, opportunity, meritocracy, achievement and social mobility—somehow no longer pertain.

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Update: ‘Sex and the Citadel’ Makes Guardian Book Award Longlist

Shereen El Feki’s first book journeys through the customs, laws, attitudes and history informing sexual life in six Arab countries.

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Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel compares racial hierarchies in the U.S. to social striving in her native Nigeria, with a ruthless honesty about the ugly and beautiful sides of both nations.

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Happy Birthday, Hemingway!

Sunday would be Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. More than anyone, he cleaned out the stuffy British conventions that clogged American writing in the 1920s and allowed the next generation to find their own voices.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



In the War Against Apartheid

Alan Wieder’s new biography chronicles husband-and-wife South African Freedom Fighters Ruth First and Joe Slovo.

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Apple Rigged Book Prices, Judge Rules

When Apple decided to get into the e-book business, it joined a conspiracy with major publishers to raise book prices as much as 50 percent, a judge determined Wednesday.

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Better Off Without ’Em

“It’s too bad that we just didn’t let the South secede when we had the chance,” Chuck Thompson writes.

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The Original Conservative Reformer

Whenever conservatives are in this sort of pensive mood, they repair to the thought of the philosopher whom Jesse Norman, a Conservative member of the British Parliament, labels “The First Conservative,” the subtitle of his new book on Edmund Burke.

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What Do Women Want?

Women are far more attracted to strangers, and far less suited to a life of staid fidelity, than the evolutionary psychologists would like us to think.

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The Science Delusion

Are the humanities—literature, history, art, religion and philosophy—useless? Some scientists would have you think so.

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The Unwinding

This book’s vision of how things went bad over the past generation covers such diverse topics as the fast food-obesity nexus, the loss of localism, the end of cheap oil, the housing collapse and, above all, the death of trust.

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Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soar Amid NSA Surveillance Disclosure

In the wake of the National Security Agency snooping revelations, George Orwell’s dystopian novel is experiencing a renaissance. 

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The Spark

Kristine Barnett home-schooled her autistic son Jake to “lean into his passions.” She managed not only to mainstream him into kindergarten, but also did the same for many other autistic kids in the learning center she ran out of her garage.

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How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour

People who manufacture nothing and bet on everything control the financial destinies of everyone else—and they make stupendous amounts of money doing it. Because, as Les Leopold writes in his book, “Making a million an hour means never having to say you’re sorry.”

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More Exposés, Less Action

This new media landscape is more hostile to the civic community and discourages the younger generation from believing that change is truly within our grasp.

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Act of Congress

A new book examines the House and Senate through the evolution of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and “Congress comes across as the nation’s grandfather: antiquated, inconsistent, as slow-moving as it is dull-witted.”

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Daily Rituals

“Daily Rituals: How Artists Work,” which describes the routines of more than 150 creative people, including playwrights, composers, painters and writers, is a compact, quirky and frequently delightful book.

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Misogynist Much? Politico Attacks Times Editor Jill Abramson

Politico’s piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a “bitchy woman character”; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



The Divine Comedy

We talk with Clive James, translator and cultural critic, about tackling Dante’s masterpiece. “Dante,” writes James, “was the first to put the scientific attitude into art.”

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Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

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Color Blind

Twelve years before Jackie Robinson began dismantling baseball’s racial barriers, an integrated team of five whites and six blacks played in Bismarck, N.D., and went on to win the national semipro championship.

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The Second Arab Awakening

Adeed Dawisha’s new book examines why democracy has historically failed to take hold in the Middle East, and contemplates the current and future role of Islamists.

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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.”

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The Terror Courts

The details about the courts at Guantanamo Bay have remained sketchy. Until now, as a new book explains how a small group of Bush-era political appointees developed a parallel justice system designed to ensure a specific outcome.

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Digital Disconnect

“The ways capitalism works and does not work,” Robert McChesney writes in his new book, “determine the role the Internet might play in society. ... The problem is that [Internet] celebrants often believe digital technology has superpowers over political economy.”

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Sticks and Stones

Many of the adults interviewed by author Emily Bazelon “could access, with riveting clarity, a memory of childhood bullying. … These early experiences of cruelty were transformative, no matter which role you played in the memory reel.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



Kill Anything That Moves

Nick Turse’s book about the Vietnam War exposes the sickness of the hyper-masculine military culture, the intoxicating rush and addiction of violence, and the massive government spin machine that lies daily to a gullible public and uses tactics of intimidation, threats and smear campaigns to silence dissenters.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



Fear Itself

Good and evil are inseparable in history: “Liberal democracy prospered because of an accommodation with racial humiliation,” writes Ira Katznelson in “Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time.”

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Rosa Parks: A Life

Nearly 60 years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott comes “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” the first scholarly biography of the woman who risked much and spoke little.

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David Foster Wallace: A Life

A new biography, “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story,” has collected fascinating details of David Foster Wallace’s life, but fails to examine his development as a writer.

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The World Until Yesterday

For an audience that may consider the present moment uncritically, Jared Diamond’s “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” reminds us that in the headlong rush to modernity, much has been lost.

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Time of Useful Consciousness

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s new book, “Time of Useful Consciousness,” is a fresh missive looping through the history of America from a 93-year-old Beat who has always refused to sit down.

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The Balloonist

MacDonald Harris is a writer “too good to be neglected,” writes Philip Pullman in the introduction to this reissue of Harris’ highly original 1976 novel “The Balloonist.” Set in 1897, it follows a middle-aged Swedish aeronaut as he aims to sail over the Arctic in a balloon to the North Pole.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Nick Turse

The historian and author’s new book about the Vietnam War reveals for the first time, in painstaking detail, the full atrocities committed by American forces in that country.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE



Game Over

Dave Zirin, in “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down,” returns to his favorite topics: race, gender, unions, the corporatization and corruption of sports, and athletes willing to speak out on any of the above.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



Hallucinations

Oliver Sacks’ graceful and informative new book, “Hallucinations,” explores the surprising ways in which our brains call up simulated realities that are almost indistinguishable from normal perceptions.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



A Heart of Gold

Since the founding of America, bankers have been a bit of a problem. Perhaps more so, J.R. Moehringer seems to say in his new novel “Sutton,” than the honest, hardworking bank robber.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE


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