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‘Lear,’ Not ‘1984,’ Defines the Trump Era


The best literary precedent for what we’re enduring now is not the absolute order of Big Brother but the irrational eruptions of King Lear.

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Best of Truthdig’s Book Reviews 2016: Top Reads, From Economics to Politics and Even Genetics


In a year of many upheavals, it’s no surprise that books on income inequality, political protest and global warming would wind up on our top 10 literary list of the past year. But there’s also room for a little comedy and some ancient history among the picks.

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Shaka Senghor: Out of ‘the Hole’ and Into the Light


After 19 years behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement, the best-selling author works for criminal justice reform—and for those he left behind.

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Looking Backward to the Future


The strangling of our political potential by a claustrophobic sense of the possible did not always typify American public life. My book is about that change in the temper of the times, and is in part motivated by my own experience.

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Who We Be: A Conversation With Jeff Chang


In his latest book, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America,” ColorLines co-founder Chang examines how Americans view race and how our visual culture has changed.

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Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part Two


You’ve read part one—now find out which books made the cut in the last installment about our top 10 top reads of 2014.

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Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One


Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

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Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality


For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

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Searching for ‘Famous Men’ in Alabama: Mike Davis on His Favorite Banned Book


When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.

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Burning Ideas: Celebrating Banned Books Week


What does “Captain Underpants” have in common with James Joyce’s “Ulysses”?

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