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One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Stimulus Revived the Electric Car

Until the economic stimulus package was passed in 2009, the manufacture of electric cars and their batteries in the United States was nearly nonexistent.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



Can I Help You?

In this excerpt from Lauren B. Davis’ new novel, “Our Daily Bread,” an elderly woman encounters two troubled boys and the question of whether we ever do enough to help others.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



God of the Oppressed

In this excerpt from “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” James H. Cone writes that the gospel is found wherever the wronged struggle for justice.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



The Evolution of Feminism

Jennifer Baumgardner’s new book of essays and interviews, “F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls,” connects generations of women thinking about women, from the suffragettes to women’s libbers, from riot grrrls to Lady Bloggers.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



What Does Your Feminism Look Like?

In this excerpt from “F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls,” author Jennifer Baumgardner lays out a history of feminism in “waves”: from the rights of citizenship and equality to transgenderism, male feminists and sex work.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



Baltimore: The City That Bleeds

David Kennedy, author of “Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America,” spent more than 10 years in the worst corners of the worst cities in the country before going to Baltimore.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



The Confidence Crumbles

An excerpt from Ron Suskind’s “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President” looks into the perilous political labyrinth navigated by our nation’s leader.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE



Campus Intrigue

An excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides’ third novel, “The Marriage Plot,” which centers on a romantic triangle at Brown University in 1982.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



Los Angeles Noir

An excerpt from musician Ry Cooder’s first published collection of stories, set in L.A. after World War II, “a sunny place for shady people.”

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 READ MORE



Iraq and Afghanistan on Stage

“Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays,” edited by Karen Malpede, Michael Messina and Bob Shuman, steps into the moral vacuum left by politicians, corporations and religious leaders.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



Theater of Combat

The recently published “Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays” collects seven works for the stage, all of them about war. Here are excerpts from two of those plays, “9 Circles” by Bill Cain and “American Tet” by Lydia Stryk. A review of the book will be published in this column Friday.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Angel City Press

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times

The Chandler family’s L.A. Times practically invented one of the great American cities. This is the story of the paper’s fall toward mediocrity.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



The New Press

Business Goes to School

Business leaders are eager to meddle in education but rarely take responsibility for the root of education’s problem—economic despair and mind-numbing mass media.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



Book Excerpt: ‘Empire of Illusion’

Read this brilliant and humorous chapter from Chris Hedges’ new book and marvel as the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent makes sense of reality television.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


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‘The Iran Agenda’

In this excerpt from his new book, “The Iran Agenda,” veteran independent journalist and Truthdig contributor Reese Erlich challenges the conventional wisdom on Iran’s nuclear ambitions as he investigates the drive for war.

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


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