Tag Archives: Jonah Raskin

JONAH RASKIN :
BOOKS | Hilton Obenzinger bears witness to the times that have tried our souls

His new book of poems is ‘Witness 2017-2020.’ By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | May 28, 2021 Ezra Pound, the twentieth-century American poet, once said, “Make it new,” and “Literature is news that stays news.” He would probably … Continue reading

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LITERATURE | To cancel or not to cancel Jack London

Reflections on an American writer and a controversial movement. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | April 22, 2021 Jack London’s ashes, which are buried under a rock on Sonoma Mountain in Northern California, must be calling wildly to … Continue reading

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POETS | Tongo Eisen-Martin: A poet with genocide
on his mind

A story for National Poetry Month. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | March 11, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — English Department purists might complain that Tongo Eisen-Martin doesn’t write “real” poems, that is poems about birds and flowers, … Continue reading

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OBITUARY | Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

He was an insurgent poet, feisty publisher, lover of the written and spoken word. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | February 23, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif — He was a poet, a painter, a publisher, and a bookstore … Continue reading

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OBITUARY | Rennie Davis (1940-2021): Not the boy next door

He was a man with a deep moral consciousness who followed the dictates of his heart and his head no matter where they took him. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | February 9, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — … Continue reading

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FILM | ‘The War at Home’

A review of Glenn Silber’s and Barry Brown’s timeless documentary. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | January 27, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, California — As Austinites and their friends and comrades all across Texas know, the coasts, east and … Continue reading

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FILM | Watch this movie: Dorothy Dickie’s LNS

‘Under the Ground: The Story of Liberation News Service’ is definitely worth seeing. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | January 12, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, California — Let’s cut to the chase. Under the Ground, the new 80-minute documentary … Continue reading

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OPINION | Top 12 heroes of 2020

In alphabetical order for your convenience. Compiled by Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog |December 9, 2020 [Also see Jonah Raskin’s “Top 11 criminals of 2020” on The Rag Blog.] 2020 has been the year of the collective, often unheralded, … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
OPINION | Top 11 criminals of 2020

In alphabetical order for your convenience. Compiled by Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog |November 26, 2020 [Also see Jonah Raskin’s”Top 12 heroes of 2020″ on The Rag Blog.] If you don’t like this list, make up one of your … Continue reading

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POLITICS | Eat the 2020 election

“Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are.” — French writer, Jean Anthelme Brilliant-Savarin, 1825 By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | November 12, 2020 SONOMA COUNTY, California — Voters were definitely on edge … Continue reading

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FILM | See the movie on the 8: Vote and protest

I wish the movie had been more historically accurate. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | October 22, 2020 I would feel a whole lot better about Aaron Sorkin’s movie if he had titled it The Trial of the … Continue reading

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HISTORY | ‘Up Against the Wall’

Peter Laufer has observed and written about borders and walls all around the world. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | October 1, 2020 [Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border by Peter Laufer, PhD; … Continue reading

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