Woody 'n' Bob

March 19: "Listening to [Guthrie's] records for the first time felt 'like a million megaton bomb had dropped,' Dylan would write..."

 

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Updike's America

March 18: "I read and talked into the microphone and was gracious to the local rich, the English faculty and the college president, and the students with their clear skin..."

 

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Back in the USSR?

March 17: "Russia has also been stoking discontent in Crimea. This region of Ukraine combines several potentially explosive elements."

 

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The Price of Empathy

March 15: "I infiltrate the sorrow of every Syrian who passes before my eyes."

 

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Quantum Quest

March 14: "The quantum theory of radiation and electrical conduction underlies all of modern information technology."

 

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Defending Darwin

March 13: "The jail and the penitentiary are not the institutions planted by colonists in a new country, or by pioneers in a new state."

 

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One Small Step...

March 12: "Individuals start where they stand and…make the road by walking."

 

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Five-Star Paradox

March 11: "He was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of men..."

 

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March of the Legion

March 10: "The pen trembled in my hand. God alone knew what I was agreeing to and what rights I was signing away."

 

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Soft on Capitalism?

March 8: "The development of this crony capitalism came at the expense of our constitutional principles, that we are a nation governed by laws and not men."

 

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Poetry Needed

March 7: "Corporate America now desperately needs the powers associated with the poetic imagination not only to see its way through the present whirligig of change, but also, because poetry asks for accountability..."

 

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Renaissance Paint-Off

March 6: "It was a spectacle that drew artists from all over Italy and beyond to admire the heights of ingenuity to which Leonardo and Michelangelo were driven by their rivalry."

 

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Broken Eggs

March 5: "How do you privatize hundreds of state companies? How do you re-create religious and social organizations disbanded long ago?"

 

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Family Values

March 4: "Children are no longer economic assets, so the only way to balance the books is to assume they are future assets..."

 

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Starting Time

March 3: "[W]e are proposing to inform people -- to inform many people who would not otherwise be informed..."

 

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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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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.