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23
Nov

American as Anxiety and Ambivalence

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, a professor of globalization and education at NYU and editor of three UC Press anthologies, Globalization, Learning in the Global Era, and Latinos, was invited to speak at a special …

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16
Nov

A Menu for the Ages

If you had to compose a meal using only one ingredient, what would you choose? If you want your menu to stand the test of time, corn’s not a bad idea. William …

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02
Nov

A San Francisco Visionary

Utne Reader has named Rebecca Solnit one of its 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World, praising Solnit for telling a different story than the one told by mainstream media in the …

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29
Oct

The Truth About Halloween 1938

Halloween conjures up memories of one of the spookiest events in broadcast history: Orson Welles’ radio dramatization of the War of the Worlds, which aired on Halloween eve in 1938. “No single …

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20
Oct

Mark Twain On Top at Amazon

The Autobiography of Mark Twain rose to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list last weekend, and hit #3 on barnesandnoble.com, prompting responses around the web from bloggers who feel Twain is very …

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15
Oct

Litquake’s Mark Twain Ball is November 4

On November 4, Litquake celebrates the release of the Autobiography of Mark Twain in style with the Mark Twain Ball. Co-presented with the Bancroft Library and the California Historical Society, the Ball …

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07
Oct

“Cruel and Unusual” in California

A federal judge’s recent lifting of a four-and-a-half year moratorium on California state executions has brought the issue of cruel and unusual punishment back into the spotlight. As Scott Christianson demonstrates in …

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06
Oct

A Myth of Mass Hysteria

In his latest blog post, W. Joseph Campbell, author of Getting It Wrong, discusses a media myth “too well-known, too entrenched in the American consciousness, ever to fall into disuse.” How could …

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30
Sep

A Narrated Tour of American Modern

Ever wonder about the back story behind Walker Evans’ iconic image of an Alabama tenant farmer’s wife? Or the camera technique Berenice Abbott used to capture such striking images of New York …

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