Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy

This a posting of a recent article in The Nation, so I can understand the use of the possessive determiner 'our' but neoliberalism is not just destroying 'your' democracy, it's destroying democracy. How elites on both sides of the political spectrum have undermined our social, political, and environmental commons. By Christopher Lydon read more

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The Rare Archival Photos Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

While investigating the heinous Osage murders for my new book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI I also came to know the victims’ faces, by David Grann One day in 2012, when I was visiting the Osage Nation Museum, in Oklahoma, I saw a panoramic photograph on the…Read more The Rare Archival Photos Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

The Benjamin Franklin Method: How to (Actually) Learn to Write

Benjamin Franklin may be the most prolific man in all of American history. In his NYT bestselling Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Walter Isaacson writes of Franklin— “[He was] the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.” Franklin’s literal rags to riches story is…Read more The Benjamin Franklin Method: How to (Actually) Learn to Write

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Dear Donald Trump, You Should Visit Your Hometown Someday

Dear Donald Trump, I wonder if you have ever actually explored the New York City you claim to live in. I recommend it, because it has beauties and splendors that undermine so many of the assertions that I have heard you make during your campaign, particularly in the final debate. For starters, its eight million-plus…Read more Rebecca Solnit: ‘Dear Donald Trump, You Should Visit Your Hometown Someday

Gather no Moss

There have been a whole lot of column inches wasted on Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. But, to paraphrase another great bard, William Shakespeare, it is a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Of course, Dylan has his champions and his detractors. What great artist doesn't? But…Read more Gather no Moss

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration

A heartening testament to “the triumph of meritocracy” and to the idea that “each of us should be allowed to rise as far as our talent and hard work can take us.” By Maria Popova “No woman should say, ‘I am but a woman!’ But a woman! What more can you ask to be?” astronomer…Read more Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration