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Mark Bittman: My father, the complicated optimist

My father, who died earlier this month at 91, had a complex life that typified that of Jewish men of his generation. But of course when you know someone well, you see just how unusual that life is. 968 more words

Full Comment

Minimum Wages vs. Maximum Profits?

Financial FAQs

Corporate profits are at all-time highs, and workers compensation at all-time lows, as fast food workers continue to strike for higher minimum wages. Yet business interests still maintain maximum profits have to be a corporation’s primary consideration. 744 more words

Great Recession

Dorothea Lange- Grab a Hunk of Lightning

In the movie Grab a Hunk of Lightning, it tells the story of the great photographer Dorothea Lange. Shes get an invitation to have her work displayed in the museum of modern art in New York City. 73 more words

General

The Chosen One

White Exegesis

4. The Chosen One

The Great War, as it was then called (it was inconceivable that there could ever be another one), triggered the final collapse of traditional values and morality. 604 more words

MetaPolitics

Freak Shows and Firestorms

She couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen the stars.

It must have been the first time her stepfather threw her to ground right outside the barn and pounded the innocence from her little body. 826 more words

Flash Fiction

The Most Important Star of the 1930's: Shirley Temple

For four straight years Shirley Temple movies led Hollywood box office, an unequaled record.  Temple along with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Edward VIII was the most photographed person in the world. 51 more words

Books