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Books for Our Times: "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis (a Novel)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.01.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Eighth in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times. Throughout this ugly presidential campaign, the prospect of fascism coming to America has been rai...

ESSAY: Creeping Fascism: Sinclair Lewis Warned Us It Can Happen Here -- and Maybe It Is

The National Book Review | Posted 07.10.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis By Jim Swearingen Let's assume--for one mad, grotesque moment--that he wins the whole shebang. The big, brass...

Are Pulitzer Winners Always Worth Reading?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.25.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

I was at a dinner of publishing professionals recently when a book came up that I said I hadn't enjoyed. The response was: "It won the Pulitzer."

The Donald: A Gathering Storm

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Bevis Longstreth

A book worth revisiting in light of the Trump phenomenon is Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here, published in 1935. It demonstrates the fragility of our nation's democracy by having a folksy New Englander gain the White House with vague blandishments, and then usher in a dictatorial regime of suppression, terror and totalitarianism to save the nation from welfare cheats, promiscuity, crime and a liberal press.

Sport and Society for Arete-Super Bowl XLIX

Richard Crepeau | Posted 04.01.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

It does seem a bit excessive even by NFL and Super Bowl standards, but then isn't this the way the free market of supply and demand works? If you have limited supply and unlimited demand, one Super Bowl and multiple potential host cities, then you grab all that the traffic will bear.

Plague Plots: Dispatches from Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can a novel's depictions of healthcare workers in a plague-ravaged land inform our thinking about the lives of those who try to save lives?

Jim Oberstar: Another of Minnesota's Iconic Figures

Al Eisele | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Oberstar, 79, who died in his sleep May 3 at his home in Potomac, Maryland, joins a long line of Minnesotans who left their mark on the world.

The Secret Behind L.A.'s Literature

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A '20s renaissance developed around Jake and his bookstore next to the downtown library and in his Echo Park digs. Later after the war Anais Nin, and presumably Henry Miller and Bukowski, hung around in the very same hills of Echo Park.

Carnivals the Chicago Way: Boogie's Spinning Century

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.06.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I chose carnivals to write about because they operate in town centers across the country. The focus of the community often is an annual event and each has workers with lives as colorful as the carnivals they work.

The Middle Class

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney insistently use the term "middle class." But what is the middle class? Is a lawyer or doctor who may earn six figures a member of the middle class?

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

'The Casual Vacancy' Is Not the Only Novel That Includes Politicians!

Dave Astor | Posted 09.27.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With the often-ridiculous U.S. presidential race in full swing, there's at least a 47 percent chance you'd like to forget about politicians for a few hours by immersing yourself in a novel. But be careful which novel you choose, because some of them feature ... politicians!

Easy Reader: Ernest Hemingway Writes Good Letters Home and Elsewhere, 1907-22

David Finkle | Posted 03.06.2012 | Books
David Finkle

A large segment of the letters -- the first written when he was not quite 8 -- are juvenilia and could be the sentiments of any young whippersnapper. Yet there are occasional hints at what would become the acclaimed Hemingway mode of between-hard-covers expression.

A Tour of D.C. Writers' Homes, From Frederick Douglass to Sinclair Lewis

Kim Roberts | Posted 01.02.2012 | DC
Kim Roberts

I have always been interested in how literature and place intersect, especially in my adopted city of Washington, D.C.

My Trip to Kampala

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Michael Kaiser

One student called the session "revolutionizing" and almost all came up to me to tell me how much they had learned and how this new way of thinking about arts management was so helpful.

The Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

In its despair and confusion, a large segment of the American populace is prepared to believe anything it's told, in part because we are a country less and less educated in basic essential knowledge about America and the world.

The 'Fascinating Fascism' of Sarah Palin

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Sarah Palin lacks optimism and humor, two of Reagan's strongest traits. If she runs, it'll be on a platform of grievance. And her speeches will drip with bilious sarcasm.

Health Care Protesters: "I'm All Right, Jack"

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

There is no "we" in the protester's view, no welcome for your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of fellow Americans, much less immigrants. There is only my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my church and my ethnic group,

Palin: The Worst Angels of Our Nature

Charles J. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles J. Brown

The Palinistas are far less interested in electing McCain than they are in putting the Sarahnator one step away from the White House (and, they hope, in it soon).

Reading List for a Financial Meltdown

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Vivian Norris

Since some people will have more reading time in the days, weeks and months ahead, here are a few suggested reads. They have helped me during these past two years.