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JONAH RASKIN : MEMOIR | One organizer, two cities: Jon Melrod’s ‘Fighting Times,’ from Madison to Racine

Jon Melrod recalls those heady days in his new memoir. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | April 7, 2022 The Port Huron Statement (PHS), which was written by Tom Hayden — with help from Al Haber and others … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW | Why do men keep making war?: An interview
with scholar Michael Klare

Michael Klare has had war on his mind for the past 60 years. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | January 20, 2022 Michael Klare has had war in all its many ignominious manifestations on his mind for the … Continue reading

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BOOKS | Alice Walker’s ‘Gathering Blossoms Under Fire’:
Journals as autobiography

The book reads like a peremptory strike meant to deter future biographers. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | January 13, 2022 Before the advent of Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and the most recent generation of Black writers, … Continue reading

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FILM | ‘Don’t Look Up’: Apocalypse, again

‘Don’t Look Up’ is apocalyptic science fiction, but it’s also biting satire. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | January 6, 2022 I had heard about Don’t Look Up (Netflix, 2 h 18 m) the new apocalyptic science fiction … Continue reading

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DOCUMENTARY FILM | The widowmaker: Betty and Kenneth Rodgers’
doc, ‘I Married the War’

That’s what war does: demonizes the Other. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | December 2, 2021 Almost all women whose husbands go to war inevitably become widows. Even those with husbands who come home from war alive. They … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW | ‘Exploring Space City!’: A dazzling
authoritative book

The volume is a labor of love that honors Houston’s historicunderground newspaper. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | November 21, 2021 SAN FRANCISCO — Comedian Robin Williams would say, famously, “If you remember the 1960s you really weren’t … Continue reading

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BOOKS | Rails and roads

Novelist Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad,’ is an epic novel of bondage and liberation. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | July 29, 2021 Near the end of The Underground Railroad, his epic novel about bondage and freedom, the … Continue reading

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BOOKS | ‘By the Light of Burning Dreams’: Everybody
is a star

The book honors ‘the triumphs of the Sixties,’ though it does not neglect ‘the tragedies.’ By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | July 8, 2021 Near the end of his days as a cultural revolutionary, Abbie Hoffman explained, facetiously, … Continue reading

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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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