How to be committed without drinking the Kool-Aid—and other things Andy taught me.
Drawing a line between poetry and the political has never been simple.
It sure is a bracing feeling for the chair-bound intellectual to imagine himself the drivetrain in the engine of history.
…and other tales from the “back of the book.”
Straight talk about essentialism, sexism, leaning in and speaking out.
On a Nation cruise, the maritime adventure I usually refer to as “Lefties at Sea,” I used to take it for granted that some of the guests were troubled by my presence.
On reverence, rebellion and other alternatives to social suicide.
Founded by abolitionists to finish the job of Emancipation in 1865, The Nation became a moribund defender of the status quo. But its firm anti-imperialism, and one crusading editor, brought it back to life.
From World War I to Vietnam, from the red scare to McCarthyism, The Nation stood firm for civil liberties and civil rights, even when that meant being banned—or standing alone.