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WBUR, Cognoscenti: An Open Letter To The Resistance | Date: 29 June 2018
We have to stop talking about our feelings and start taking action.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: The Man Who Created His Own Katrina | Date: 22 June 2018
... Americans are now seeing precisely what they saw back in 2005, when New Orleans was underwater: the real human toll of an inept and careless leader.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Democracts Need More Than An Anti-Trump Message To Win The Midterms | Date: 18 June 2018
The aim of every Democratic candidate in these midterms should be a relentless focus on policy at the local level.
One Author's Summer Book Advice? Read More Women Writers | Date: 12 June 2018
WBUR, Cognoscenti: The Cynical Charade That Is The White House Press Conference | Date: 7 June 2018
Confronted over and over again about Trump’s lies, [Sarah Huckabee Sanders] has transformed herself into an Orwellian figure.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: We Are Ripping Young Children From Their Mother's Arms. This Is Who've We Become | Date: 30 May 2018
This administration’s purported goal is to deter illegal immigration, with no distinction made for those seeking asylum. The rules are as indiscriminate as they are heartless. ICE now rips terrified young children away from their parents. How’s that for family values?
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Philip Roth Tried to Warn Us | Date: 23 May 2018
The Plot Against America is happening right now. We are its central engineers.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: HBO Has A New Take On Ray Bradbury's Dystopian Masterpiece. Here's Why 'Fahrenheit 451' Still Matters | Date: 18 May 2018
Americans are becoming a people incapable of facing the essential moral crises of our age.
Chicago Tribune: Necco Wafers and the capitalist algorithm | Date: 15 May 2018
The predominant form of capitalism in America boils down to a de facto popularity contest. A product, or a person, dominates the market based not on intrinsic value but external worth.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: When White Privilege Turns Toxic | Date: 10 May 2018
Mark -- a member of the most privileged demographic in the entire world -- viewed himself as an exalted victim.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Why the Outrage Michelle Wolf's WHCD Roast Is Nonsense | Date: 30 Apr 2018
The rest of us need to recognize our own complicity in this cycle. If we continue to focus on offensive tweets and comedy routines, our profit-mad media outlets will continue to feed us fake news.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: White Men With Guns | Date: 26 Apr 2018
. . . our view of mass shootings is already occluded by systemic racism.
LA Times: Want to better understand the Trump presidency? Give 'Moby-Dick' another read | Date: 22 Apr 2018
Melville is offering a mythic account of how one man's virile bombast ensnares everyone and everything it encounters. . . . The tale, stripped to its ribs, is about the seductive power of the wounded male ego, how naturally a ship steered by men might tack to its vengeful course.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Of Course Sean Hannity and Donald Trump Have The Same Lawyer | Date: 19 Apr 2018
Trump could never have become president without Hannity and his ilk.
Boston Globe: Want to stop fake news? Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine | Date: 17 Apr 2018
Turns out there is a way to stop media outlets from retailing propaganda. Imagine that.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: James Comey Is A National Disgrace | Date: 10 Apr 2018
History will record his true role in the election of 2016, and the damage he did to American democracy.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Laura Ingraham And Fox News Like To Play The Victim. The Parkland Survivors Won't Let Them | Date: 5 Apr 2018
Forget appeals to the conscience or common decency. Aim for the money.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: America Must Not Succumb To Divisive Stories | Date: 2 Apr 2018
Just as fraudulent, divisive, naive stories led us to this point in history, wise and merciful stories can redeem us.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Is Fox News Finally Past The Point Of No Return? | Date: 23 Mar 2018
On Tuesday, a retired Army colonel quit his gig as a paid mouthpiece for Fox News by biting the hand that fed him — hard.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Donald Trump And The Tabloid Trap | Date: 19 Mar 2018
When we’re fighting, he’s winning. When we’re yelling at our screens, we’re not advocating or organizing or campaigning.
The Baffler: Stranger Than Fiction | Date: 14 Mar 2018
What it's like to write a novel about the Trump candidacy five years before it existed.
Southwest: The Magazine: Staying Alive | Date: 2 Mar 2018
The resurgence of pinball has allowed one lapsed fan to return to the classic arcade games of his youth—and the sense of euphoria they once inspired.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: And Then They Came For Mass Shooting Survivors | Date: 21 Feb 2018
These teenagers have spoken quite bluntly about the moral atrocity of those who care more about the gun lobby than victims of gun violence.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: 17 More People Are Dead. We Let It Happen | Date: 15 Feb 2018
Spare us your prayers, your excuses, your defensive rationalizations. None of the kids who died in Florida yesterday has any use for them.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: The GOP Is More Anti-Women Than Ever | Date: 6 Feb 2018
The lesson in all this is as simple as it is shameless: The GOP has become a safe space for sexual predators and their enablers, from Trump to Moore to Steve Wynn.
New York Times: Trump's Blood Sport Politics | Date: 2 Feb 2018
On days like this, my mind fixes on “The Sporting Spirit,” an essay written by George Orwell in 1945 that sought to reckon with the rise of our modern athletic-industrial complex.
Grubstreet: Writing Rules That Were Meant to Be Broken: Show Don't Tell | Date: 1 Feb 2018
Preview this year Muse and the Marketplace Conference where Steve Almond will lead two Muse sessions!
WBUR, Cognoscenti: What Trump Is Selling — And What We Are Buying — Don't Match Up | Date: 24 Jan 2018
As we head into a second year of his chaotic reign, journalists would do well to keep the focus on the real problems government should seek to solve, not the phony promises Trump issues to those desperate to maintain their faith in a faithless man.
Boston Globe: Anybody can make it in America (and other lies told by the rich) | Date: 9 Jan 2018
Let's face facts: The Founding Fathers wanted liberty, but they weren't so interested in economic equality.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: It's Time for Democrats to Investigate Voter Suppression | Date: 8 Jan 2018
"As the GOP has become a minority party, run by demagogues and plutocrats and increasingly driven by the racial grievances of aging whites, it has had to resort to attacking voter turnout in order to win elections."
WBUR, Cognoscenti: Stop Watching Trump in 2018. Curb his power. | Date: 1 Jan 2018
"Trump’s opponents continue to play into his hands, devoting more time and attention to mocking him, than to surveying the damage of his policies. It’s a toxic feedback loop that feels good in the short-term but actually magnifies his power."
WBUR, Cognoscenti: The GOP Tax Bill: A Pop Quiz | Date: 21 Dec 2017
How much do you know about the GOP tax plan? Time to find out!
Boston Globe: "All over America dudes like me are being pressed to confront our privilege. And. We. Are. Freaking. Out." | Date: 15 Dec 2017
From birth, we get benefits no one else can touch. And it just gets better from there. We need to own up, and share the wealth.
WBUR, Cognoscenti: When a Robbery is Described as a 'Win': How the Media Failed Us in Covering the Tax Bill | Date: 4 Dec 2017
"When our most respected news organizations craft headlines like this they are aiding and abetting a kleptocracy by covering 'politics' like a sport in which the most important thing is which team won."
WBUR, Cognoscenti: It's Time to Ban @realDonaldTrump | Date: 29 Nov 2017
Boston Globe: Donald Trump’s sporting spirit | Date: 2 Oct 2017
"The glaring irony of Trump’s attack on pro sports is that Trumpism itself arises from a mindset in which American voters think of themselves not as citizens with divergent policy agendas, but as fans who root for different teams."