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Christine Smallwood, a writer in New York, is former associate literary editor of
Books and Ideas
September 4, 2008
Back Talk: Elizabeth Royte
Environmental writer Elizabeth Royte plumbs our obsession with bottled water.
August 13, 2008
Back Talk: Guy Maddin
The Canadian filmmaker discusses his new film,
, and the importance of cultivating a personal mythology.
Books and Ideas
July 16, 2008
Back Talk: Raj Patel
Writer and activist Raj Patel explains why shopping better won't solve the food crisis.
June 26, 2008
Back Talk: David Levine
New York Review of Books
illustrator discusses the delicate art of political cartooning.
June 11, 2008
Back Talk: Honor Moore
Poet Honor Moore talks about her family's response to her memoir,
The Bishop's Daughter
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May 29, 2008
Back Talk: Billy Bragg
British punk rocker and activist Billy Bragg talks about his new album and the politics and economics of free online music.
May 15, 2008
Back Talk: Tod Papageorge
Photographer Tod Papageorge reflects on the links between American sports and the Vietnam War.
May 1, 2008
Back Talk: John Turturro
Actor John Turturro discusses his latest project, a production of Beckett's
at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
April 17, 2008
Back Talk: Nicholson Baker
In the debut of a new biweekly series, the author of
discusses pacifism and World War II.
October 19, 2007
The Cinema of Terror
Three new films--
--take on the clash of civilizations. How does the "war on terror" look on the big screen?