Reading Erickson is like careering through space in a stunt car—the kind that jumps ramps through rings of fire.
Carole Joffe: Personal Tragedies and Public Cruelties: Speaking Out Against the Stupak-Pitts AmendmentDecember 7, 2009 The Stupak-Pitts amendment, if it becomes incorporated into an eventual health reform measure, would have the effect of further eroding insurance coverage of abortion, ultimately affecting those even with private insurance.
“Since graduating school, no book has impressed me as much as Augie March.”
Rebecca Solnit: Learning How to Count to 350: Remembering People Power in Seattle in 1999 and Berlin in 1989November 24, 2009 If communism failed 20 years ago, then capitalism staggered 10 years ago in Seattle, and fell to its knees a year ago when our "wall" on Wall Street collapsed. One large question remains as we face a climate-changing world: If capitalism and communism both failed, what's the alternative?
Read him for the same reason you might drink whiskey neat: to brace you and awaken your senses.
Dahr Jamail and Sarah Lazare: Where Will They Get the Troops?: Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan FrontNovember 8, 2009 As the Obama administration debates whether to send tens of thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan, an already overstretched military is increasingly struggling to meet its deployment numbers. Surprisingly, one place it seems to be targeting is military personnel who go absent without leave (AWOL) and then are caught or turn themselves in.
Robert Reich: Health Care Reform is Critically Important, But Getting Americans Back to Work is More SoNovember 2, 2009 Obama's focus on health care rather than jobs, when the economy is still so fragile and unemployment moving toward double digits, could make it appear that the administration has its priorities confused.
Laura van den Berg’s writing is spare and elliptical. Large topics are broached, but quietly and the stories stay with you.
Robert Reich: Too Big to Fail: Why The Big Banks Should Be Broken Up, But Why The White House and Congress Don’t Want ToOctober 26, 2009 Like a giant, gawking adolescent who's just discovered he can crash the Lexus convertible his rich dad gave him and the next morning have a new one waiting in his driveway courtesy of a dad who can't say no, the big banks will drive even faster now, taking even bigger risks.
This book is a weapon. It will teach you how to think.
On the gradual extinction of print journals.
Robert Reich: Why the Dow is Hitting 10,000 Even When Consumers Can’t Buy And Business Cries ‘Socialism’September 22, 2009 The Dow is up because of the very thing so many executives are complaining about, which is government's expansion. The problem is, our newly expanded government isn't doing much for average working Americans.
Robert Reich: The Final Sprint for Health Care Has Now Begun, and Where the White House is Placing Its BetsSeptember 11, 2009 The more you can make your voices heard, the more likely it is that the race will be won by the public rather than the private interests.
Based on her new book, A Paradise Built in Hell, in which she offers a radically different vision of how people react to disasters -- they don't panic, they don't scream, they don't look helplessly to governments for aid, they begin to organize themselves -- Solnit offers us September 11th, 2001 through fresh eyes in a new moment in our history.
Robert Reich: The Guns of August, and Why the Republican Right Was So Adept at Using Them on Health CareAugust 31, 2009 What we learned in August is something we've long known but keep forgetting: The most important difference between America's Democratic left and Republican right is that the left has ideas and the right has discipline.
Set in Sri Lanka, A Disobedient Girl is heart-wrenching and jubilant.