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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature


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Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

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What Is the Goal of School Reform?


As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE

Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation


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The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE

Throwing Up for Peace


Mr. Fish

The sad fact is that all traditional modes of dissent, whether they’re protest marches or boycotts or sit-ins, must ultimately fail because they are generally powerless to prevent their own inception. What does that mean?

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‘The Iron Lady’: Power in Spectator Pumps


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Do we learn anything about Margaret Thatcher from Abi Morgan’s screenplay? And more important, will anyone born after Thatcher’s 11 years in office learn anything about her brand of conservatism and its effects?

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Welcome to Alphaville, Avoid the Ghetto


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The world we see through our smartphones is a curated world, and its horizons are constricting, rather than expanding.

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The Normal Heart and Nijinsky’s Faun


johncoulthart.com

We just lived through a year of uprisings round the world, including the Occupy Wall Street movement. In culture, in science and in politics we have every reason to expect that the opening years of this century will be as dangerous and as transformative as the first decade of the 20th.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE

Who’s Your Mummy?


Photo by Mr. Fish

Whether the Mummy or Frankenstein’s Monster, there was no getting around the fact that these poor souls, many of them merely starved for love and companionship, were innocent victims of either intolerance or blatant discrimination from the dominant culture.

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Worms and Fishes


Mr. Fish

There was just me and my big brother, Jeff, and the rain outside our open-air cabin at Camp Consecration Revival Retreat in upstate New York was pouring down through the trees like applause cheering on the foulness of our moods.

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God Bless Cantankerous Old Men


Jon Rawlinson (CC-BY)

When Michael Jackson died a few years ago, my father, who is 72, called me to complain. “What the hell is this Max Jackoff business?”

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE

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