Barbara Ehenreich photographed by Peter Abzug.
Barbara Ehrenreich is a scientist, feminist, activist, atheist and rationalist. As an investigative journalist, she specializes in uncovering insidious oppression, from scraping by on a minimum wage (Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, 2001) to the prosperity gospel (Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America, 2009). In other words, she’s allergic to bullshit.
Perhaps that’s why an inexplicable adolescent experience rocked Ehrenreich to the core: A series of dissociative episodes culminated at age 17, when ...
Philip Short photographed by Monika Charvatova.
You wouldn’t know it to listen to talk radio, but the anti-French slur “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” began as a joke, courtesy of The Simpsons. It was taken up seriously by right-wing commentator Jonah Goldberg, who was miffed that France shunned George W. Bush’s adventure in Iraq, and it has since entered the American lexicon as received wisdom, never mind Lafayette and all that.
Bill White photographed by Lorelei Rao.
That fiscal cliff you’ve been hearing about, the one that promises national bankruptcy, immiseration, and endless hard times to come? It’s real, it’s looming ever closer and time is running out for us to do anything about it, to say nothing of summoning up the political will to do so.
So urges former Houston mayor and onetime Texas gubernatorial candidate Bill White, an advisor to financial high rollers and a thoughtful student of both economics and economic ...
Author of THE LABYRINTH OF SOLITUDE
Born a century ago, on March 31, 1914, Octavio Paz landed on this planet square in what the Aztecs called “the navel of the world”—Mexico City, that is, as cosmopolitan as London or New York. His arrival coincided with the rise of literary modernism, a movement he would embrace and improve on, and over the decades preceding his death in 1998, Paz worked steadily to enrich world literature with his many books of poems and prose studies on a ...
Nelson George photographe by Toni Thai Sterrett.
It has been more than two years since Don Cornelius, the voice and enigmatic founder of the musical tour de force Soul Train, died, and eight since original broadcasts of his beloved creation went off the air. But the legacy of the show and its influence on American culture continues in the Soul Train dances we see in music videos and anywhere people evoke Cornelius' signature line, "Love, Peace and Soul."
The revered music critic, writer and film producer Nelson ...
The author of PRISONERS, LOVERS, & SPIES
Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid encouraged young women seeking illicit lovers to write their suitors secret messages in milk, rendering their words of enticement invisible until touched with coal dust.
That sexy allurement is the way Georgia Institute of Technology professor Kristie Macrakis opens her intriguing book, Prisoners, Lovers & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda.
“Secret communication is part of the game of love, and forbidden love heightens romance,” writes Macrakis, a Harvard-educated ...
Holly George-Warren photographed by Mark Loete.
In rock ’n’ roll, they say it’s better to burn out than to fade away, but as in any industry, there are other ways of living and dying. Alex Chilton cut a path somewhere down the middle. Igniting at 16 and smoldering the rest of his life, he was brighter and more sober at certain parts than others. He survived, despite impressive efforts against himself, to become an indie music icon, a founder of power pop and a driving ...
Bruce Weber photographed by Marcus Yam.
In 1993, at the age of 39, Bruce Weber biked across the country—traveling from Marin County, California, to his home in New York City. In 2011, Weber, now 57, decided to undertake another cross-country adventure—this time traveling from Astoria, Oregon, to New York City—a trip he writes about in his new book, Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America.
Weber, a veteran reporter for the New York Times, and an obituary ...