Truthdig writer Paisley Rekdal's book-length essay will be released in September.
Are Americans sacrificing the possibility of a more tolerant humanity for a suffocating guarantee of fidelity, a frigid prospect that seemingly unites the commissars of the politically correct left as much as it does the thought police of the puritanical right?Are Americans sacrificing the possibility of a more tolerant humanity for a suffocating guarantee of marital fidelity?
Mark Danner made headlines last week with his essay in The New York Review of Books on the CIA's use of torture and a secret report from the International Committee of the Red Cross detailing such practices. Find out why he says, "Torture is for people with weak nerves."
One of our most trenchant critics takes a withering look at how contemporary essayists in a global world have gone increasingly, foolishly, local.
Two of the seven co-authors of "The War As We Saw It," perhaps the most compelling analysis of the Iraq war, died on Monday in a vehicle accident. Sgt. Omar Mora and Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray, along with five other active duty soldiers, wrote in The New York Times that "[Iraqis] will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are -- an army of occupation -- and force our withdrawal."
Keith Olbermann delivered a masterful retort on Wednesday to Donald Rumsfeld's recent diatribe on fascism. With a commentary as apt as it was eloquent, Olbermann excoriated the defense secretary's very patriotism: "In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused? the United States of America?" (Video & Transcript)
Weeks after a British magazine published a long article by two American professors titled "The Israel Lobby," the outrage continues to howl through mainstream U.S. media.