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Josh Fox’s New Film ‘Awake’ Is a Case Study in Resistance


The “Gasland” director explains why activism rooted in peace is essential to counter cultural endorsement of violence, repression and corporate domination.

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The Art World Shares Blame for Trump’s Rise to Power


Was it because of the economy? No doubt. How about reality TV? That, too. Here’s another explanation of how Trump came to enter the White House—and Damien Hirst, you’re on notice.

Posted on May 14, 2017 READ MORE

The Islamic Jesus


Mustafa Akyol’s book tells Christians, Muslims and Jews exactly what we all have in common and how we got this way. It reaches us not a minute too soon.

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‘The Designated Mourner’: A Play on Authoritarianism, Restaged for the Trump Era


Twenty years after its debut, playwright Wallace Shawn’s drama has taken on new meaning for American theatergoers. (Shawn is pictured at left.)

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‘The Coming War on China’ Discloses America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific


A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China—and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.

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The Handmaid’s Tale


Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel is a recipe book for how to create a hellish society. It’s also a recipe book for how to resist.

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Remembering Jean Stein


The author and editor led a life of letters and ideas that ranged from her tenure at the helm of the Paris Review to her recent study of mid-20th century Los Angeles to her classic take on model Edie Sedgwick. 

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How Our Worlds Are Decided for Us From Behind the Computational Curtain


On websites like Facebook, our selves are not more free; they are more owned. And they are owned because we are now made of data.

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Rebel Mother


Peter Andreas’ memoir explores a “childhood chasing the revolution” as the son of an impulsive, self-centered political radical who cloaked her narcissism behind pro-Marxist rhetoric.

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‘Citizen Jane’: A Hugely Entertaining Film Oversimplifies the 1950s Battle Over Growth in New York


Matt Tyrnauer’s chronicle also fails to connect the dots between the issues that beset America’s largest city in 1957 and those facing urban centers today. (Pictured, Jane Jacobs.)

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