Given the recent major acts of idiocy (the BP fiasco), it’s about time we studied stupidity and kept the chronically dense (Palin & co.) from destroying our world.
We’re living in a global apartheid. First World countries shut themselves off to travelers, while assuming that their own citizens have the right to travel anywhere they choose.
Writers are lovers, and critics are masturbators.
Once a gigantic oil spill (the size of the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989) and Israel’s excessive force were married not just in time, but in the selfsame event. Namely, in the Israeli military’s rollick through Lebanon four summers back.
In trying to report on the oil spill in the Gulf, McClelland recalls telling BP it’s a public beach. “But it’s BP’s oil,” she is told.
This issue’s featured poet on galactic collisions, scientific verse, and poetry’s archaeological powers.
Maybe all you want is a sunny day on the beach and someone to sleep next to at night, but shit’s more complicated than that.
Ah, the moral courage of opinion journalists, fighting against censorship, multiculturalists and cowardly liberals like me!
We’re destroying our environment because we’ve killed the ties between mind and nature.
Remember that feeling you had that the Internet was eating your brain? Yeah. You weren’t too far off the mark.
Continuing Dr. Tiller’s fight for abortion rights one year after his death.
O’Rourke should go back to reporting, or retire. With articles like this he’s just writing his own pre-obituary.
Obama’s rudderless foreign policy underscores America’s waning power.
How writing can and can’t help the post-war healing process.
Clever and fearless insight into Malaysia’s complex racial and political situations.
Violence against women exists in every nation in the world, but perhaps only in Pakistan is it so easily tolerated and so rarely punished.
Ads typically make me nervous, but I was unable to fend off the wit and charm of this Nike World Cup commercial.
Will Shell Oil to do to arctic waters what BP did to the Gulf?
An exercise in mourning.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was less enthusiastic than his predecessor about turning Detroit’s ruins into farms. Not anymore.
Can corporate money really repair the climate?
It turns the world of fiction on its head.
The Senegalese Muslim vendor who first spotted the smoking SUV in Times Square and alerted police is no hero.
This June, catch one of jazz’s youngest and most stunning performers.
Faced with citizen photographs of two men beaten to death by a mob in Liberia, Ackerman had to make an ethical decision: to publish, or not to publish.
Alain de Botton has humanized the mechanical beast that is Twitter.
The intent was to show solidarity with the 15 percent of NBA fans of Hispanic heritage, but in reality, the Phoenix Suns’ Spanglish uniforms meant nothing.
All the traumatizing things that happen when people dare to rip down solid walls of segregation.
Michael T. Klare: The Relentless Pursuit of Extreme Energy: A New Oil Rush Endangers the Gulf of Mexico and the PlanetMay 19, 2010
Expect more disasters like the one in the Gulf of Mexico.
Samuel Fuller had a pulp-fiction mindset and the former tabloid-reporter’s tendency to think in screaming headlines.
Knee-jerk reactions to words like “socialism” and “capitalism” get us nowhere. We need to first define the terms.
It took the French government 10 days to humiliate 2000 Algerian women. It took Marc Garanger almost 50 years to “right” the wrong.
Half of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65 are alive now. What does that mean for our society?
There’s a reason this album is getting international attention.
Keli Goff: Words of Caution for Elena Kagan, There’s a Far Touchier Reproductive Issue Than AbortionMay 14, 2010
For some reason the idea of not having children remains one of the most taboo subjects, especially for women.
Berrigan, refusing to simply float through life, has both a unifying and polarizing way with humanity.
How drug marketers have thoroughly corrupted academic medicine.
It’s Nazi Tourette’s. No sh*t…
What are the connections between mental health and sociopolitical injustice?
For those with filthy rich aspirations (and those who like to make jest of the filthy rich’s excesses).
Recent research reminds us that no matter how far we’ve come in our understanding of the crime of rape, the old sexist beliefs die hard.
These babies’ homes and cultures could not be more different, but their adventures exploring, understanding and fitting into a new world are identical.
The Faisalabad police brutality story demonstrates that the proud feminist aspect of Benazir Bhutto’s political legacy has fallen by the wayside.
Nerdiness made desirable.
Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her new film about Salim Hamdan’s brother-in-law, Abu Jandal, a Yemeni taxi driver who was Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard.
This film is melancholic, but still in love with the world and its magic.
This Saudi Arabian university may be forward-thinking when it comes to gender equality in higher education, but falls short when it comes to migrant tolerance.
It’s like being stuck in a video game dream. Virtual realms are indistinguishable from real life. It’s kind of unsettling.
Alexandra Smith: Torture At Home: Documentary On Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons Misses the MarkMay 5, 2010
National Geographic’s well-intentioned effort to show the horrors of solitary confinement may have caused more harm than good.
Experimental theater at its most edgy and self-assured.
Without those who labor for little pay, certain products and services in the U.S. could come at a much higher price.
These images make one realize the severity of the situation.
Is the world’s future resource map tilting East?
Sometimes the line between hate and adoration is intangible.
Europe is struggling to come to terms with its Muslim minority. What are the consequences of the intolerance and the violence for the continent and for literature? Join Paul Berman, Jamal Mahjoub, Sadanand Dhume and the rest of this brilliant panel…
It might be more than 500 pages long, but this book zips along like the best of its lighter kin.
Washington makes it seem so impossible, but we really could withdraw our massive armies from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The theater of war comes to us, it seems, obliquely; all residue becomes part of the offices of men…
Investigative reporter Robert Whitaker discusses the dramatic increase in mental illness disability and its surprising cause.
How the first families of Texas oil acquired all the money in the world, and then turned to politics.
State intervention in women’s clothing, whether it involves promoting the burka or banning it, achieves the same purpose: subjugating women’s bodies to the dictates of men.
Even as war lingers in the Colombian countryside, I have faith in the power of Colombian citizens to effect change through ballots, through the rule of law.
When next you find yourself in conversation with an architect, be sure to mention at least one of these books.
Join novelist Claire Messud and a prestigious panel for a lively debate on gender, culture, and literature in translation.
Lagos is no New York, but there is much to learn from the ancient city.
Brad Reed: How the Used-Car Salesmen at Goldman Sachs Tricked Investors into Buying Their Busted ClunkersApril 26, 2010
Goldman Sachs is being sued by the government for allegedly defrauding its investors. Confused? Here’s some plain talk about a mega rip-off.
Are others curious why Rush chose a female voice? I’m hoping this matter will be approached during the April 26 Guernica/PEN event where he’ll be a panelist.
The good news about the very bad news (about climate change).
The term once reserved for failed governments can now successfully be applied to the United States.
How the world could come to blows over water.
These big brass records are the heartbeat of HBO’s new show Treme.
How libertarians and social progressives can make common cause against expansive—and expensive—empire
Nobody loves spam. But what if the spam is to bring down Adolph Hitler?
We have people posturing as journalists on TV who get paid as business spokespeople, financial reporters who retire to work for Goldman Sachs—media parasites.
From the creator of the hit TV show The Wire comes the story of a wounded post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans neighborhood.
Alex Halperin wins award for socially-conscious journalism.
The consequences of tampering with other nations’ governments.
Thomas Ogren suggests replacing New York’s trees with ones that produce less pollen, but what are the greater implications of humans controlling such a natural process as tree growth?
Raday and her son deal with the emotional fallout from her husband’s deployment.
My kingdom for his talent.
Jasmin Ramsey: Canadian Academics Under Fire For Opposing Scholarship Program For Children of “Heroes” Who Died In WarApril 14, 2010
Fifteen university professors have written a letter calling Canada’s “Project Hero” scholarship “a dangerous cultural turn” that associates “heroism” with military intervention.
It’s moody and modern. The characters seem like recognizable people—laptop users and obsessive coffee drinkers—who happen to be conducting criminal investigations.
Organic farming unites formerly disconnected communities and generations in Savannah, Georgia.
Does indie rock have anything new to say? Probably, but you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise after listening to MGMT’s new album Congratulations.
This fall, when I was in Krakow, I paused at the Katyn memorial off Krakow’s main square. Today, I would be placing my flowers below the cross if I could.
I’m not going to lose my mind over this album, but it’s filled with songs I’m going to keep.
Childbirth rights in Mozambique, the dark fate of female Cambodian refugees, and the challenges facing maturing female students in developing countries.
How small retail could help the environment.
People get so mad when something computer generated makes them feel emotional. Humans can make other humans feel things, but when machines do it, it’s creepy.
Poor women in Delhi, India, are facing a variety of barriers to accessing healthcare institutions that must be addressed if the government’s goals are to be realized.
SANNA exhibits the restraint and elegance that has come to a global society still learning from its mistakes.
In a time of health care reform and proposals to enhance consumer protection, this book shows us that the government has played and will continue to play an increasing role in all aspects of American life through its risk management policies.
U.S. war-fighting numbers to knock your socks off.
Language can be nonsense or mere telephone play.
A federal court strikes down gene patents for breast cancer.
This collection of songs creates a mellow, ethereal, emotional atmosphere without being sentimental.
When Three Cups of Tea was published in 2006, publishers were unsure of its reception. Their fears were unfounded. The book’s story of a failed American mountain climber’s humanitarian project to build schools in the most underprivileged parts of Pakistan’s northern areas resounded with millions.
As long as people move around in this world, and as long as we fall in love with people of different cultures and races, the stories in White Teeth will be relevant and inevitable.
Historic preservation in the United States could face a significant financial blow if Congress passes the federal budget as proposed by the Obama Administration.
Following the decidedly bloodless drama of the health care bill, this book presents what American medicine really looks like.