Displaying articles for: February 2014

Heart & Soul

March 1: "Without black Americans, something irrepressibly hopeful and creative would go out of the American spirit..."

 

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Eternal Passion

February 28: "I seek, in the reading of books, only to please myself by an honest diversion..."

 

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Theft of the Sacred

February 27: "I believe that the greatest threat to the survival of American Indians...is the removal of the spiritual matrix of traditional life..."

 

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When Poets Collide

February 26: "And when he kissed my neck I bit him long and hard on the cheek..."

 

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Visceral Impact

February 25: "Take more than a little salt, or sugar, or fat out of processed food...and there is nothing left."

 

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Aiming Higher

February 24: "Most of the world has heard of the Gaza Strip. But few know what it's like to live here, blockaded and impoverished..."

 

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The Examined Life

February 22: "Most of the glories of the world are mere outward show, like the scenes on a stage: there is nothing real about them."

 

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Capital Rules

February 21: "The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations."

 

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Postal Blues

February 20: "When will it come, that monumental day, that last proper letter through the door?"

 

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Music, Magic, Memories

February 19: "It's what's in the grooves that counts."

 

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When in Greece...

February 18: "How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea."

 

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How to Help?

February 17: "Although willing to answer the call, humanitarian organizations have been generally ill-equipped for what they have found..."

 

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Life-Saving Genes?

February 15: "My plan was to carry on until I was exhausted and then sink into dark waters and oblivion. This would not be easy because I was a strong swimmer and in great shape."

 

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Friendly Microbes

February 14: "[A] scientific consensus is growing: that only by understanding the symbiotic aspects of our long-standing relationship with microbes can we find lasting solutions to infectious disease..."

 

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So It Goes

February 13: "He was a sweet man. He was a gun nut, too. He left me his guns. They rust."

 

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"Thurgood's Coming"

February 12: "Southern juries might be stacked against blacks, and the judges might be biased, but Thurgood Marshall was demonstrating in case after case that their word was not the last."

 

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Liberation or Neglect?

February 11: "We should not allow human beings to be treated in this manner if we claim to be truly civilized."

 

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Enter Starman

February 10: "Ziggy would live outside the norms of earthly society: he would be male and female, gay and straight, human and alien, an eternal outsider who could act as a beacon for anyone who felt ostracised from the world around them."

 

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Embracing Melancholy

February 8: "And from these melancholy dispositions, no man living is free, no Stoic, none so wise, none so happy, none so patient, so generous, so godly, so divine, that can vindicate himself..."

 

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Talking Minnesotan

February 7: "On a first date, a Minnesota man might easily say: 'Do you suppose a guy could maybe get a kiss before you went inside?' "

 

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Reagan Reexamined

February 6: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: We win and they lose."

 

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Marilyn's Lament

February 5: "I can't really stand Human Beings sometimes -- I know they all have their problems as I have mine -- but I'm really too tired for it."

 

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Toon Titan

February 4: "[T]he most powerful source of his appeal as well as his greatest legacy may be that Walt Disney, more than any other American artist, defined the terms of wish fulfillment..."

 

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Buddy Search

February 3: "They all want to know if that is the stage Buddy played on. Most ask if they can go up and stand there."

 

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Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.