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The late organizer helped pave a progressive path forward for New York and elsewhere.

Wanda Coleman

Listening to Coleman recite changed my understanding of black poetry.

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing responded to the contradictions of our time by facing them with unmatched courage.

Doug Ireland

To a young journalist in the early 1980s Doug seemed already to have lived an impossible number of lives.

Doug Ireland

Doug Ireland followed the truth wherever it took him.

Arthur Danto

Would anyone else in the “art world” really care about getting a really good hamburger?

Lawrence Goodwyn

He gave me the language and the nerve to write seriously about the idea of democracy.

Marshall Berman

No one has been more loving or lucid in his depiction, criticism and celebration of urbanity.

Saul helped ignite a political awareness and a passion for history in me.

Graham Usher

In his very first Nation dispatch, Graham reported from the territories on Arafat’s plummeting popularity and human rights abuses, as well as his shameful concessions in the Cairo security accords.

Blogs

Alex Cockburn always took interns seriously.

July 24, 2012

A brilliant, elegant, hilarious woman at the top of her creative powers since forever—since before I used to proofread her Esquire column back in the early ’70s.

June 28, 2012

Generally considered the leading children's book writer of the past century, his books were touchstones of youth for the generation born after 1960.

May 8, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

The death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is also the death of a living link to a city that no longer exists.

May 6, 2012

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

You could always tell which voice was his: he was the stern Southern preacher, the broken Confederate soldier and the dirt farmer at the end of his day.

April 19, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

Workers shouldn’t “strike and go out and starve, but strike and remain in and take possession of the necessary property of production.” So believed Lucy Gonzales Parsons, who died seventy years ago this week. William Loren Katz’s essay seems relevant for today, International Working Women's Day.

March 8, 2012

Dr. Stephen Levin's work continues to effect change and save lives. 

February 14, 2012