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Audio: Leonard Nimoy reads Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” from “The Martian Chronicles”

In the mid-seventies, a pair of record albums came out that offered a truly singular listening experience: the voice of Bradbury in the voice of Nimoy. Here’s a recording of … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Where do you get your fiber?

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein? Well, we can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adrian Blevins: An Ode to the Erection

I sing, for my daughter, of shanks and shafts and the endearing contrast between the mind’s affairs and the body’s undiscriminating inclinations. This is a midget and perhaps very foolish … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

Video: Pierre-Auguste Renoir at work in 1915 (rare footage)

This is rare footage of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir at work, which is from Sacha Guitry’s patriotic World War I-era film Ceux de Chez Nous, “Those of our Land”. Renoir … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

Michael Schwartz: The Great Game in the Holy Land

How Gazan Natural Gas Became the Epicenter of An International Power Struggle Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

Audio: Raymond Carver reads “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”

Here’s an audio recording of Raymond Carver reading his most famous story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Taped in a Palo Alto hotel room in 1983 … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Republicans and Fear

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
? PFC Jones with Mine-Detector. Want to talk about fear? W.J. Astore Why, looky here, another article in the New York Times that examines…

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marta Daniels: Justice is a Black Woman — The Amazing Constance Baker Motley

You may not know her name, but you have been affected by the legal battles she won and the precedents she set that helped shape civil rights, women’s rights and … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jenne’ R. Andrews: Becoming Your Beloved

Becoming Your Beloved Thirty five years out from your death, out of the dense black of the kitchen window where the trees have tightened their embrace around one another— . … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Night We Tried to Get a Poet Arrested

I remember the night my friend and I tried to get a poet arrested for his crimes against literature, his hiding of horribly sentimental lines by speaking like a seller … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 119 Comments

Mel Packer: Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Feb. 13 and 14 were “Global Divestment Days” devoted to the international movement calling for governments, universities and financial and religious institutions to divest from fossil fuels. In Pittsburgh, college students … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Golden Age of the Western

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Henry Pelifian The Hollywood Western is truly an American creation that epitomized the hardship to maintain and restore justice.  The inequality, greed and corruption were…

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Post-Apocalyptic Studies — The Aftermath, Precis

Anthropologists concluded that in the period after they lost their electronics, they were forced to talk to one another and to spend long periods with nothing to amuse them except … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: Hollywood War Porn from WWII to American Sniper

In the age of the all-volunteer military and an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. After … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

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