An accidental psycho-geography courtesy of Franz Kafka

Traveling to Chicago in the winter you expect snow, ice, and bitter gray skies.   We had mild temperatures and lots of sunshine! One day at Half Price Books, I picked up the UK Granta edition of Elif Batuman’s The Possessed, and also a copy of Franz Kafka’s Paradoxes and Parables, in the 1961 Shocken paperback […]

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Exposing the Dirty Wars

Great book launch at the Harvard Science Center yesterday, featuring Jeremy Scahill on his new book, Dirty Wars.  After his excellent work on exposing Erik Prince’s fiendish company Blackwater, Scahill pursued the covert wars, targeted killings, and drone wars that the U.S. engages in around the world.   In his speech, Scahill said that he […]

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Natalie Wood Investigation = Hogwash!

What kind of ridiculous hogwash are the so-called “mainstream media” spewing?  In the midst of the largest social upheaval in the United States for fifty years, they have suddenly decided that investigating the death of Natalie Wood — a thirty year old case! — is more important. And this news is repeated ad nauseum from […]

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Charles Moore – The Right Stuff

Born in Alabama, the photographer Charles Moore closely followed the civil rights movement with his camera and an open mind.    It’s been said that the photos taken by this former Marine helped shaped the public consciousness of the civil rights movement.   With a keen sense of dramatic moments loaded with iconic significance, Moore laid […]

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Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism.

Reading Clay Shirky’s latest thought-piece on the demise of newspapers poses for all of us the interesting question:  what sort of social / professional / technological model will we develop to replace print newspapers when they all go belly up? Shirky makes a pretty solid demonstration of the facts regarding the transition from those inky […]

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Studs Terkel Knew the Meaning of Trust

Studs Terkel, the great American historian, radio host, and defender of civil liberties, has died. His radio spot lasted 45 years, the entire second half of the 20th Century. His books gave voice to the voiceless, and he wrote the history of the lives that get lost between the lines of the rich and famous…the […]

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