Talking PBS NewsHour Live Video Blues

Cody Walker
January 21, 2015
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When President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress in September of 2009, I wrote about it for this blog. The speech has faded, of course, from national memory; only Joe Wilson’s grade-school outburst (“You lie!”) survives. Hoping to catch…

After reading

T Clutch Fleischmann
January 20, 2015
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There is a thing that happens when I first read many of the books that become my favorite books where, on finishing the text, I enter a kind of open space of excitement. It’s a space where I desperately want…

Doubling Down on the Clown (Part One)

Cody Walker
January 18, 2015
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Reading Peter Baker’s piece in today’s New York Times about the two older Bush brothers, I came across these 1988 statements by the youngest brother, Marvin: “Jeb is the serious one. We have always thought that he would have a…

Catching Up on Bestsellers

Brian Michael Murphy
January 15, 2015
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As a kid, I never read novels, graphic or otherwise. My brother read comic books, choose-your-adventure stories, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, an assortment of Afrocentric tomes from Black Arts Plus, down on Parsons Avenue, and more. A good friend of mine,…

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