Letters: Readers (and the web) Respond to Mark Dowie’s “Food Among the Ruins ” and his vision to expand Detroit’s urban farmingAugust 10, 2009 In response to Mark Dowie ’s August 1 “Food Among the Ruins ”, a smattering of responses came from readers and around the web, including Treehugger, Freakonomics, and the Detroit Free Press.
David Doody: So, Glenn Beck, Obama is a ‘White Guy’ Who ‘Has a Deep-Seated Hatred for White People’?July 30, 2009 These people -- Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly -- simply say things to make people look at them; to make people watch and listen to their shows.
Available again, is Robert Mitchum’s performance in The Friends of Eddie Coyle as an aging gunrunner forced by circumstances to snitch on his criminal “friends. ”
E.C. Osondu's story in Guernica, Waiting, won the so-called African Booker—the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Tom Engelhardt: Will What We Don’t Know (or Care to Know) Hurt Us?: Mourning Michael Jackson, Ignoring the Afghan DeadJuly 7, 2009 Michael Jackson's death has little to do with us, but the death of so many Afghan people are, or should be, our responsibility, part of an endless war the American people have either supported or not stopped from continuing. And yet one is a screaming global headline; the others go unnoticed.
Padgett Powell’s Edisto, which takes place within sight of a beach, isn’t a difficult read—it’s propulsive and written with a light hand—but it's also rife with all those harder topics that make the book worthwhile.
David Doody: Media Matters: ‘Some conservative media figures defend Obama’s response to events in Iran’ (Video)June 22, 2009 Media Matters for America has compiled a list of conservative commentators who have different opinions than some Republicans on President Obama's response to the events taking place in Iran.
Michael T. Klare: It’s Official — The Era of Cheap Oil Is Over, Energy Department Changes Tune on Peak OilJune 12, 2009 For the first time, the well-respected Energy Information Administration appears to be joining with those experts who have long argued that the era of cheap and plentiful oil is drawing to a close.
Robert Reich: How Pharma and Insurance Intend to Kill the Public Option, And What Obama and the Rest of Us Must DoJune 6, 2009 We must let our representatives and senators know we want a public option without conditions or triggers -- one that gives the public insurer bargaining leverage over drug companies, and pushes insurers to do what they've promised to do.
William Astore: Selling Education, Manufacturing Technocrats, Torturing Souls: The Tyranny of Being PracticalMay 28, 2009 Based on a decidedly non-bohemian life -- 20 years' service in the military and 10 years teaching at the college level -- I'm convinced that American education, even in the worst of times, even recognizing the desperate need of most college students to land jobs, is far too utilitarian, vocational, and narrow.
Today, on the steps of one of our nations greatest buildings, in the company of some of our most powerful and respected leaders, Darfuri voices were heard.