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Jonah Raskin : Jack Kerouac’s ‘Mishmash’ Life

Jack Kerouac. Photo by Tom Polumbo, circa 1956. Image from Wikimedia Commons.Jack Kerouac’s ‘mishmash’ lifeand his biographers None of Kerouac’s biographers are as concise as he was, none of them as poetical as he, and none of them as unapologetic … finish reading Jonah Raskin : Jack Kerouac’s ‘Mishmash’ Life

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Thomas McKelvey Cleaver : Remembering Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury in 1982. Photo by Lennox McLendon / AP / Washington Post.Ray Bradbury remembered:The librarian told my dadhe was asking for trouble “Ray Bradbury, a boundlessly imaginative novelist who wrote some of the most popular science-fiction books of all … finish reading Thomas McKelvey Cleaver : Remembering Ray Bradbury

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Marc Estrin : Ian McEwan Speaks Half-Truths to Power

Image from webshots.Ian McEwan:Speaking half-truths to power By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / February 23, 2011 The action In the midst of cries for freedom in the Middle East and Africa, Ian McEwan claimed the Jerusalem Prize for … finish reading Marc Estrin : Ian McEwan Speaks Half-Truths to Power

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Marc Estrin : Music Hath Charms…

Music hath charms tosoothe the stinking breath By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / December 13, 2010 A recent revelation: rehearsing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, I was in the cello section mentally drooling over the carpet of harmonies we … finish reading Marc Estrin : Music Hath Charms…

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Bill Fletcher, Jr. : Rediscovering ‘The Souls of White Folk’

Mural in Great Barrington, Mass., honoring African American author W.E.B. Dubois. Image from Progressive America Rising.90 years later in the era of the Tea Party:Rediscovering ‘The Souls of White Folk’ By Bill Fletcher, Jr. / November 22, 2010 “But what … finish reading Bill Fletcher, Jr. : Rediscovering ‘The Souls of White Folk’

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BOOKS / Jonah Raskin : ‘Mockingbird’ is Muddleheaded and Superficial

First edition image from Manhattan Rare Books.To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50:Harper Lee’s muddleheadedNovel for white liberals By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / July 13, 2010 This summer, literate Americans are feting the 50th anniversary of the publication … finish reading BOOKS / Jonah Raskin : ‘Mockingbird’ is Muddleheaded and Superficial

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Leonardo Boff : In Praise of the ‘Siesta’

Did monks introduce the siesta to the West? Photo by DJW / Minnesota Renaissance Festival.In praise of the siesta “If you want to kill a friar, take away his siesta and make him eat late.” — old Spanish saying By … finish reading Leonardo Boff : In Praise of the ‘Siesta’

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LITERATURE / ‘Punto Final’ : ‘Adios’ to Monsivais and Saramago

Carlos Monsivais (top), and Jose Saramago. Photos from el idiota de la familia, top, and La Nousfera.Left writers as endangered species:Adios to Carlos Monsivais and Jose Saramago By John Ross / The Rag Blog / July 3, 2010 MEXICO CITY … finish reading LITERATURE / ‘Punto Final’ : ‘Adios’ to Monsivais and Saramago

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Vision of a Better World : Let the Poets Speak

Meridel Le Sueur. Photo from Working Women.Class, race, empire, and resistance:The vision of the poetBy Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / June 28, 2010 Oil Spills as the Gulf of Mexico is Destroyed Judge with BP Stock Rules Against … finish reading Vision of a Better World : Let the Poets Speak

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Jonah Raskin : Sex on Campus and Ulysses Un-Seen

Censored image from Ulysses Seen. Graphic from Literature R Us.Girls Lean Back:Sex on campus,And the ongoing appeal of pornography By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / June 15, 2010 Don’t the censors of sexually explicit materials get it? Well, … finish reading Jonah Raskin : Sex on Campus and Ulysses Un-Seen

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Steinbeck Comes to Arizona : Rereading ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Reading “The Grapes of Wrath” in 2010:Immigration, capitalism, andArizona’s historic moment By Alex Knight / The Rag Blog / June 14, 2010 [The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, published 1939 during the last Great Depression.] Arizona SB1070, signed into … finish reading Steinbeck Comes to Arizona : Rereading ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

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VERSE / Larry Piltz : New Atlantis and Banglateche

“Earth could not answer; nor the Seas that mourn…” Illustration by Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming (1905) for “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” tr. Edward Fitzgerald / Wikimedia Commons. New Atlantis and Banglateche By Houma Cayenne Here beside my breathing … finish reading VERSE / Larry Piltz : New Atlantis and Banglateche

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