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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.

Throughout his life and work, Howard Zinn was fashioning a living concept of what it means to be a good citizen.

Leonard Weinglass

Remembering a 1950s radical who developed his values, critical thinking and world view in a time when non-conforming was rare.

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My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

He fought for social justice and peace--with a twinkle in his eye.

December 29, 2014

Chomsky discusses the past, present and future of Latin American politics. 

October 31, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

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