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Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

School System Lifts Ban On Legendary Novel

AP | Posted 09.26.2013 | Black Voices

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A North Carolina school board has rescinded its ban on Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," returning it to local high school libraries....

A Bad Week for America's Invisible Men and Women, and for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

Recently, Congress decided that cutting $40 billion from the food stamps program would be a good idea. After all, that budget works out to a whole couple of bucks a day for a portion of the 40+ million Americans living below the poverty line.

First Nighter: Regina Taylor Confronts the Computer Age Poorly, Matt Charman Does It Better

David Finkle | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Whatever Regina Taylor is trying to get across in stop. reset., at the Pershing Square Signature Center's Romulus Linney, has gone completely over my ...

Happy 100th Birthday, Ralph Ellison!

Posted 03.01.2013 | Black Voices

Happy birthday, Ralph Ellison! The legendary author would have turned 100 today. Ellison may have never even entered the literary world, as he or...

Rehearse, Rewrite, Rehearse, Rewrite...

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 02.08.2013 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

An intellectual always wants to craft a clear and truthful work, one that presents their ideas in the best possible light, even if it means endless revamps and tweaks.

Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 1

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

When I started this search 20 years ago, this is what I knew: When I was two months old, I was adopted through the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington, Vermont; my birthparents were young teenagers; my birthmother was white; my birthfather was black. That's all.

How Zadie Smith Is Trying to Wake White Writers Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Christina Patterson

Smith is, in fact, following a path along which some other writers have walked. You could say that it was a path that started with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Eastwood's WTF Moment Galvanizes Empty-Chair-Hater Base

Bill Santiago | Posted 11.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Bill Santiago

He's pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, pro-getting out of Afghanistan, pro-auto bailout, and apparently pro-not combing your hair after a nap. I have no idea why he's so anti-chair.

Assessing the Republican Convention

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What was he thinking? Was this just a pathetic attempt by an aging Hollywood icon to stay relevant? And did you catch the cutaway of Ann Romney during Eastwood's unscripted, meandering, 3-times-as-long-as-planned meltdown?

Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

Teaching In The Young Lions' Lair

Turnstyle | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education
Turnstyle

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

Literary Love Letters To NYC

flavorwire.com | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

From time to time, we all second-guess why we live in New York — especially in the wake of a pleasant holiday weekend away. It’s crowded, expensiv...

Your Summer Reading List

latimes.com | Posted 07.23.2011 | Books

What novels and biographies are coming? What's quirky? What should the kids be reading? Let our special reading guide of new and forthcoming titles he...

10 Novels That Will Disturb Even The Coldest Of Hearts

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

Jezebel-writer Anna North’s debut novel, America Pacifica, is out today. The story centers around an impoverished teenage girl who is struggling to ...

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...

Race and Identity in America: The Magnificence of Ralph Ellison

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Three Days Before the Shooting, The Unfinished Second Novel is magnificent for Ralph Ellison's fearless grappling with themes of race, identity, fate, responsibility, and the promise of the American dream.

Who Are These Invisibles? Living Up to the Truth of the War in Iraq

Paula B. Mays | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula B. Mays

The suffering innocents in Iraq remain invisible. We barely know the names of the American soldiers who have died, but as to the innocent non-combatants in Iraq, we know even less.