I just watched the HBO documentary, Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech. In the film, director Liz Garbus uses her father, First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus, as a lens through which to explore four freedom of speech cases tried over the course of American history. I was riveted by the complexity of the issue as shown through these cases, one of which was Garbus’s decision to defend the right of a group of neo-Nazis to protest.
Bio: Katherine Dykstra is the nonfiction editor at Guernica. Her interview with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, “Cracked, Not Shattered”:http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/705/cracked_not_shattered/, appeared in Guernica’s August 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1105/staff_pick_katherine_dykstra/.