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September 21, 2011

A Documentary for Our Times: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 8

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As the divisions of class and race continue to harden and widen in this country, I say we could use more leaders like Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis, with their beautiful, hard-earned fury.

September 20, 2011

Urban Homesteaders 0

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Better late than never, here are eight great new books for Urban Homesteaders.

September 20, 2011

“The truth of poetry is not the truth of history” 0

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Philip Levine is the current US Poet Laureate, and that’s great, but wouldn’t we all rather live in this alternate world fashioned by The Onion?

September 20, 2011

Another “Mildred Pierce” 0

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Are you a Mildred Pierce fan? James M. Cain’s recently discovered manuscript will be released next year by Hard Case Crime.

September 20, 2011

Avoiding “Chick-Lit” 0

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Chick authors who avoid the “chick-lit” stigma.

September 20, 2011

Revisiting Vanessa Veselka 0

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Revisiting Vanessa Veselka’s Zazen and what constitutes as an acceptable author bio.

September 20, 2011

Miranda July’s Advice 0

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Miranda July’s advice to high school girls (and feminists everywhere).

September 20, 2011

2011′s Literary Geniuses 2

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The MacArthur grant awards $500,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

September 20, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Thompson, Stephenson, Adiga, McGinniss, Silverstein 2

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New this week: Craig Thompson’s long-awated follow up to Blankets is here. Stay tuned for our review of Habibi later this week. Also new: Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower, Joe McGinniss’s much leaked exposé The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, and a new, posthumous collection of Shel Silverstein’s poetry […]

September 20, 2011

The Talking Cure at Work in Contemporary YA Fiction 7

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As an English professor and unabashed therapy-junkie, I recently made it my business to read every YA novel I could find in which an adolescent protagonist visits a psychotherapist.