Tag Archives: Literature

James Retherford :
LITERATURE | Wild things

Jonah Raskin’s ‘A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature’ is a fresh look at American letters from the bottom up. By James Retherford | The Rag Blog | February 4, 2015 Like a true nature’s child We were born … finish reading James Retherford :
LITERATURE | Wild things

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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | It’s a Rag Blog Happy Hour! With special guest, author/activist Jonah Raskin

Rock out with us at Maria’s, Friday, Feb. 6 — and also catch Jonah earlier that day when he joins host Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio. AUSTIN — Please join the Rag Blog/Rag Radio community at an informal Happy Hour … finish reading The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | It’s a Rag Blog Happy Hour! With special guest, author/activist Jonah Raskin

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METRO | Tom Zigal’s gripping post-Katrina novel wins state’s top literary award

By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | April 9, 2014 AUSTIN — Austin novelist Thomas Zigal has won the prestigious Jesse Jones award for fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for his highly-acclaimed novel about post-Katrina New Orleans, … finish reading METRO | Tom Zigal’s gripping post-Katrina novel wins state’s top literary award

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Ron Jacobs :
Moorcock’s ‘Pyat Quartet’ is story of a twentieth century knave

This epic work unfolds in a litany of prejudice, arrogance, and wrongheadedness, all told in a manner that is delightful to read. By Ron Jacobs | The Rag Blog | March 1, 2014 [Pyat Quartet by Michael Moorcock (2012-13: PM … finish reading Ron Jacobs :
Moorcock’s ‘Pyat Quartet’ is story of a twentieth century knave

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Thorne Dreyer :
December guests on Rag Radio include ‘Radical Jesus’ editor, criminal justice blogger, Chicano novelist

Our Rag Radio podcasts feature interviews with historian and graphic nonfiction publisher Paul Buhle, Texas blogger and prison reform advocate Scott Henson, and fiction writer Daniel Chacón, author of ‘Hotel Juárez.’ By Rag Radio | The Rag Blog | January … finish reading Thorne Dreyer :
December guests on Rag Radio include ‘Radical Jesus’ editor, criminal justice blogger, Chicano novelist

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Jean Trounstine : Censoring What Prisoners Read

Werewolf erotica: Too sexy for prisoners? Image from The Atlantic Wire. ‘Werewolf erotica’ too ‘sexy’?Censoring what prisoners read The truth is that prisons want to control behavior. They want to ‘reform’ prisoners, which usually means they want to turn out … finish reading Jean Trounstine : Censoring What Prisoners Read

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LITERATURE / Ron Jacobs : Crime Fiction and Capitalist Reality

Image from ForumFree. Crime fiction and capitalist reality Noir does not pretend that the society its protagonists operate in is worth saving. It’s just the only one we have. By Ron Jacobs | The Rag Blog | June 4, 2013 … finish reading LITERATURE / Ron Jacobs : Crime Fiction and Capitalist Reality

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BOOKS / Ron Jacobs : Albert Camus and the Liberal Dilemma

Algerian Chronicles: Albert Camus and the liberal dilemma These writings do much toward describing the plight of the Algerian people, but suffer from an inability to acknowledge, much less examine, the root cause for their situation. By Ron Jacobs | … finish reading BOOKS / Ron Jacobs : Albert Camus and the Liberal Dilemma

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INTERVIEW / Jonah Raskin : Translator and Mystic Willis Barnstone on Babe Ruth, the Beats & More

Willis Barnstone, right, with Jorge Luis Borges, Buenos Aires, 1975. Interview with Willis Barnstone:Hermit, translator, ardent baseball fan “People called Babe Ruth a womanizer and a drunk. Southerners suspected that he was part black. Protestants denounced him because he was … finish reading INTERVIEW / Jonah Raskin : Translator and Mystic Willis Barnstone on Babe Ruth, the Beats & More

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BOOKS / Gregg Barrios : Zadie Smith’s ‘NW’ Speaks in the Polygot of the Streets

Zadie Smith’s latest novel, NW,speaks in the polygot of the streets Smith never identifies the color of her characters — well, not unless they are white. By Gregg Barrios / Critical Mass / February 27, 2013 “Tread carefully over the … finish reading BOOKS / Gregg Barrios : Zadie Smith’s ‘NW’ Speaks in the Polygot of the Streets

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VERSE / Don Paul : Word Passed Down through Forbidden Radio

Don Paul and Chuck Kinder at Stanford, January 2002. Photo by April Smith.Word Passed Downthrough Forbidden Radio for Chuck Kinder and John Sinclair on their birthdays, October 2012 The voices beside your pillow, friends past midnight,Wailing from the River, whistling … finish reading VERSE / Don Paul : Word Passed Down through Forbidden Radio

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Jonah Raskin : ‘Uncle Tom’ Vs. Simon Legree, 2012

Uncle Tom and Simon Legree. Image from Uncle Tom’s Cabin Reconsidered.Election 2012:‘Uncle Tom’ Obama Vs. ‘Simon Legree’ Romney Ironically, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, modern-day Americans are once again in need of emancipation and without … finish reading Jonah Raskin : ‘Uncle Tom’ Vs. Simon Legree, 2012

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