In the following excerpt from her memoir A Fine Old Conflict (1977), Jessica Mitford describes her life in postwar Oakland, where she and her husband Bob Treuhaft raised a family and became active in left-wing politics.
In the following excerpt from The War Before, coming soon from the Feminist Press, former Weather Underground member Laura Whitehorn introduces Safiya Bukhari, who became a member of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s. A longtime political prisoner, then prison activist, Bukhari died in 2003. The War Before is a collection of Bukharis writings.
After an October of attacks in Pakistan, at a UN office in Islamabad, Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi, and police academies in Lahore and with the Pakistan Army backed by the US attacking the tribal areas of PakistanI decided to have a conversation on Skype with a Pakistani writer I spent some time with in Lahore last winter.
In Murder in the Name of Honor (Oneworld), Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini describes how she became a leading voice against so-called honor killings, first, investigating the issue for the Jordan Times newspaper and, then, helping to found a grassroots movement seeking to end the practice.
One result of the latest downfall of the American financial system is that theres been more critical discussion and news coverage of unemployment, lack of economic development, homelessness, and hunger in the U.S.
Cocaine is a central commodity of the neoliberal age; so, too, its re-processed form (crack) for the desperately poor in de-industrialized cities of the North and South Atlantic.
Continuing in the vein of his once-timely Gates of Eden (1977), a solid but conventional socio-cultural history of the 1960s, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression is reputable pre-boomer cultural historian and literary critic Morris Dicksteins latest attempt to illuminate a historically tumultuous decade via a broad critical survey of its major cultural achievements.
In 2005, journalist Antonino DAmbrosio stumbled upon Johnny Cashs Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian and had an epiphany: Johnny Cash was a folksinger.
As our largely corporate print news structure endlessly brainstorms ways to survive the oft-cited and euphemistic transition from print to digital while remaining solvent, its illuminating to consider that when Ralph Ingersoll launched the short-lived but influential PM in 1940, he resolved not to include advertisements so that the paper would be beholden to no one.
Malcolm Gladwell has lots of questions. What can the United States Air Force teach doctors about detecting breast cancer? What does a dance instructor look for in a competent dog trainer? Why are there so many different kinds of mustard, but only one kind of ketchup?
Glenn Beck doesnt bother me all that much. My secret: I dont really watch his TV show, and Ive only heard his radio show a few times. Aside from other peoples rants about him, my only real sense of Beck comes from the occasional mocking YouTube clip where his guests pass out, he screams at his callers, or gets tripped up during interviews on other shows.
The title of Mark. A. R. Kleimans new book on crime and incarceration reduction, When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, allegedly comes from an engineering adage. If its not working, youre not using enough, or so they say.
In his review of Eliot Weinbergers Oranges and Peanuts For Sale (September 2009), Michael Sandlin describes Vicente Huidobro, George Oppen and Gu Cheng as obscure long-deceased poets.