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Asoka Bandarage | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

Given the intimate connection of their lifestyles to their ecosystems, indigenous peoples who live on lands close to uranium mining, gas drilling and other sources of pollution are most vulnerable to climate change, destruction of biodiversity and livelihood.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

The Best Movies For Fall

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.20.2013 | Entertainment

At long last, the sweltering summer temperatures are dipping. Sunday marks the first official day of fall, and we're welcoming it by recalling some of...

Why Most People Are Just 'Mediocre' At What They Do

The Saturday Evening Post | Posted 03.09.2013 | Fifty
The Saturday Evening Post

A short time ago, I called my bank with a simple question about my account, only to be faced with an endless maze of voice recognition questions -- press 1, press 4, for Spanish press 2, etc. etc. 'Can't I just get a human operator?' I fumed with exasperation. If I could, the call would have taken less than a minute.

Divorce On Page And Screen: 13 NY Times Bestselling Split Stories-Turned-Films

Posted 12.12.2011 | Divorce

From Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, "The Scarlet Letter," to Elizabeth Gilbert's more contemporary, "Eat, Pray, Love," marital turmoil, divorce,...

As He Turns 75, Thoughts on the Legacy of Robert Redford

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I saw no mention of Robert Redford's birthday amongst all the pop dreck that seems to capture people's attention these days. I am going to attempt a tribute of sorts, as I can think of few people in the entertainment field more deserving.

Happy Mother's Day: Psycho Moms In Literature

Amy Wilson | Posted 07.06.2011 | Books
Amy Wilson

As compared to the mommies dearest in these pages, almost any woman can feel like Mother of the Year. A frisson of schadenfreude might be preferable to a entire bouquet of roses.

Attention, Oscar Whiners: Get Over It!

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

OK, that's it - I'm officially tuning out all further Academy Award whining, prognosticating, analyzing, deconstructing and every other kind of Oscar ...

Condi's Moving Civil Rights Story Can't Trump Her Role in Bush's Despicable Iraq Folly

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Condi's remarkable personal triumphant over the racial odds were praiseworthy then and they still are. Unfortunately, her moving civil rights story can't trump the role she played in Bush's despicable Iraq folly.

Stephanie Meyer, Harry Potter Discovered By Accident: Any Chance You'll Be Next?

Wall Street Journal | Katherine Rosman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In 1991, a book editor at Random House pulled from the heaps of unsolicited manuscripts a novel about a murder that roils a Baltimore suburb. Written ...

Marcus Sakey Is No Amateur at Writing Engrossing Novels

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a brilliant writer in America somehow flying under the radar of public knowledge. His name is Marcus Sakey and he has written four enormously enjoyable books, the latest being The Amateurs.