Tag Archives: Books

JAMES RETHERFORD: BOOKS | Judy Gumbo’s ‘Yippie Girl’

Combating authoritarian repression with absurdist political theatre. By James Retherford | The Rag Blog |April 29, 2022 Listen to Thorne Dreyer‘s interview with ‘Yippie Girl’ Judy Gumbo on Rag Radio, here. As Kris Kristofferson sorta said, “[S]he’s a walkin’ contradiction, … Continue reading

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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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THE RAG BLOG : BOOKS | ‘Exploring Space City!’ at Houston’s Printing Museum

Presentations from historian John Moretta and the book’s editors. By The Rag Blog | March 10, 2012 HOUSTON – Houston’s Printing Museum is presenting a panel discussion – with a pop-up exhibit – of the New Journalism Project’s new book, … Continue reading

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Robert C. Cottrell :
BOOKS | ‘Making History Making Blintzes’

A memoir by New Left veterans Mickey Flacks and Dick Flacks. By Robert C. Cottrell | The Rag Blog | January 20, 2022 As a historian who has concentrated extensively on American radicalism, I attempt to keep abreast of newly … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
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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THORNE DREYER :
BOOKS | Exploring Space City! is on the way!

“This lovingly crafted compilation captures the spirit of the New Left and the counterculture.” — Historian Robert Cottrell By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | November 18, 2021 Our much-awaited book, Exploring Space City!: Houston’s Historic Underground Newspaper — … Continue reading

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MARIANN G. WIZARD :
BOOKS | ‘Life Is a Butt Dial: Tales from a Life Among
the Tragically Hip’

It’s A greezy, slippery slope to fun! By Mariann G. Wizard | The Rag Blog | September 11, 2021 When it’s the Dog Days and the second summer of Covid and the headlines are ugly and even Cousin Junebug has … Continue reading

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SHARON SHELTON :
BOOKS | Alice Embree’s ‘Voice Lessons’

This important book tells the story of Alice Embree’s struggle to be heard at a time when women were especially marginalized. By Sharon Shelton | The Rag Blog | August 26, 2021          Voice Lessons by Alice Embree (Briscoe Center for … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
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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Harry Targ :
BOOKS | The threat to democracy continues

Revisiting Nancy MacLean’s groundbreaking 2017 book, ‘Democracy in Chains.’ By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | July 15, 2021 Nancy MacLean, in her groundbreaking 2017 book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
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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ALLEN YOUNG :
BOOKS | Ethel Rosenberg’s life story told in new book

I found the book to be painfully sad due to the injustice and the cruelty of the execution. By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | June 13, 2021 COLD SPRING, N.Y. — On June 19, 1953, the government of … Continue reading

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