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Entries by Christopher Lydon from 04/2010

Nell Painter's History of White People: It's Coming to an End

| Posted 04.01.2010 | Books

Now that we are all supposed to have absorbed the genomics of it -- that "race" is a social concept, not a scientific one; a construction, not a fact -- she is asking: who invented "whiteness" as a human category?

Ted Bogosian: Confessions of a Truth Hound

| Posted 04.02.2010 | Media

Ted Bogosian's story of his own motivation could be construed as ethnic determinism or something stranger: a rationale for ethnic revenge by journalism.

Arundhati Roy's Version of Disaster in "This Year of India"

| Posted 04.05.2010 | World

Arundhati Roy is giving us "the other side of the story" in this "Year of India" at Brown University and elsewhere. Media consumers in the US don't g...

Colum McCann: American Literature and New York's Redemption (AUDIO)

| Posted 04.07.2010 | Books

Colum McCann wrote the New Yorkiest and, many feel, the best of 9.11 novels, Let the Great World Spin, and won the National Book Award for it.

David Shields' Reality Hunger: Kicking Ass and Dropping Names (AUDIO)

| Posted 04.09.2010 | Books

David Shields practices what he preaches. Aphorisms in the Nietzsche manner are the coin of the literary realm that surfaces in his manifesto, Reality Hunger.

Michael Lewis' Big Short and Our Appetite for Apocalypse (AUDIO)

| Posted 04.13.2010 | Politics

Michael Lewis is the non-fiction novelist of our apocalyptic American mindset in 2010 and the author of The Big Short. Listen to an interview here.

James Kwak: The Problem is Bank-o-cracy (AUDIO)

| Posted 04.15.2010 | Politics

James Kwak extends Michael Lewis's point and feeds my fascination with apocalyptic hysteria and helpless torpor as the twin markers of American politi...

David Hoffman: A Walking Tour of YouTube Nation (AUDIO)

| Posted 04.19.2010 | Media

David Hoffman produced 88 PBS documentary features and five feature-length films over a forty-year career. But that was then. And this is a guy whos...

Anthony Shadid: Questions a Reporter Asks Himself (AUDIO)

| Posted 04.26.2010 | World

I find it almost painful to come to the States... I tell you, part of me is convinced that the legacy of this war is that Americans come away thinki...