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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.

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Jonathan’s unique ability to build bridges brought together this child of a red-diaper baby with a core member of LBJ’s war cabinet in common cause.

June 13, 2014

China has changed a lot in twenty-five years, but there are still valuable lessons to be learned from the Tiananmen protesters. 

June 9, 2014

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

June 3, 2014

A brilliant author who organized with Dr. King and served on the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

May 28, 2014

He’d been Pynchon-like until then but somehow I coaxed him, via snail mail, into his first major interview, for my magazine, Crawdaddy, in 1977.

May 21, 2014

As a student and politician and activist, Gaylord Nelson kept his eyes open. 

April 22, 2014

As Leonard Cohen once put it, “We asked for signs/and signs were sent.”

April 20, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014

Naturally, J. Edgar Hoover, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Richard Russell all put in appearances.

April 2, 2014

As he once wrote of history itself, Jonathan was “no respecter of conventional wisdom.”

March 29, 2014