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Two decades after the Ayatollah Khomeini called for a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, not much has changed on either side of the cultural divide.

On River: The Joni Letters Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell make a remarkable collaboration.

The global economic crisis is showing how wishful was the notion that philanthropy could save the world.

The economy of reading is rapidly collapsing. If we can bail out banks, why not the book industry?

What Caroline Kennedy lacks as an appointee to the Senate, Tom Geoghegan possesses as a Congressional candidate.

Ten great groups that help people who are worse off than you are.

Obama should make gender equality a keystone of his presidency--and the economic stimulus is a great place to start.

Finally, a prochoice president. Here are five ways to solidify his position.

God's gift to journalism--and to feminism.

The culture wars may fail at the top of the ticket this year, but expect right-wing mayhem further down the ballot.

Blogs

Eric on this week in theater and music and Reed on how the media’s ratings-driven hysterics is warping Ebola coverage.

October 28, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and releases and Reed on how the gaffe-obsessed political press is doing a disservice to democracy.

October 20, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

September 30, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014