Toni Morrison and Cornel West talk about blues, love and politics, Marc Cooper looks at Las Vegas and Stuart Klawans reviews "Super Size Me."
In 1997 a 29-year-old schizophrenic inmate named Michael Valent was
stripped naked and strapped to a restraining chair by Utah prison staff
because he refused to take a pillowcase off his head.
The presidential campaigns and their armies of consultants are well
aware that a jittery American public yearns for jobs.
Every December for the past nineteen years, marchers in Bhopal, India,
have paraded an effigy of Warren Anderson through town and burned it.
Anderson is despised because he was the CEO of Union
The publication of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's book, The Politics
of Truth: Inside the Lies That Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA
Identity, affords a fresh opportunity to cons
The peeling-gilt Aladdin Theatre, in a working-class neighborhood across
the river from downtown Portland, generally draws rock acts a little too
funky or faded to fill the city's main showcase
Someone's lying--big-time--and neither Congress nor the media have
begun to scratch the surface.
By smashing evil-doers flat, we've said,
This war has changed Iraq forevermore.
So why is it that Kurds and Shiites start
Imagining they've seen this all before?
What are the thousand words, I wonder, that are worth the pictures of
grinning US soldiers sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib
CORNEL WEST: We want to begin just by raising the general query of how
you would characterize our historical moment.
Despite decades of battering by divorce and the proliferation of
single-parent households, the family remains a source of inexhaustible
Blindness and Transparency
I can't say. Is it better to close your eyes,
or to go unseen?
My father and most of my uncles fought in World War II. I grew up in the
shadow of the war.
At the height of the Great Game, when adventure-crazed young men from
Britain and Russia stealthily documented the wild miles and tribes of
Central Asia, an American and an Englishman set up te