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Mark Hatfield

Former Senator Mark Hatfield was a hero to many of us who consider ourselves "New Evangelicals."

Lucian Freud

Freud made the case through his art that no body type inherently possesses more capacity to compel than another.

Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd was a prolific journalist and popular historian who for decades enlivened the Belfast writing scene with his trenchant opinions and researches into the city's history and politics who recently passed away.

E.M. Broner

A tribute to the writer, feminist and modern-day matriarch. 

Clara Luper

Luper’s courage at a young age helped change the course of race relations in Oklahoma City.

Jack Kevorkian

We often need a crazy-genius-zealot to wake us up. Jack Kevorkian played that part well.

Kate Swift

Kate Swift's generous legacy to the world includes both her revolutionary influence on language as well as her prolific social activism.

Poly Styrene

The lead singer of the punk band X-Ray Spex never stopped using her music to fight against poverty, war, racism and sexism.

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