Like most journalists, I want to think, and I want to write. Sure, we can write books, but most writers can't earn a living any more by writing books. We're meant to be blogging. We're meant, in other words, to be giving the thing we used to be paid for away, in the ether, for free.
I was a happy man when the Futurebirds rolled through San Francisco. They played at the Independent, one of my favorite venues, and they shredded the place apart. I can't ever go back there again. It is in ruins. I'm not mad.
At a time when the U.S. and Israeli leaders meet in Washington to discuss the ominous challenge of Iran's nuclear program, Shlaim assails Israel for every alleged misdeed, yet, oddly, or perhaps tellingly, fails to address the Iran question.
It is relatively safe to assume that Murdoch's empire will very soon be history. But the question is, what might replace the vacuum that will emerge in its wake? The histories of imperial collapse offer some insight.
Pelosi is in a unique position to weigh in, since the House could put the Afghanistan drawdown in writing when it considers the war supplemental, by approving an amendment introduced by Reps. McGovern and Obey.
At The Humane Society, our mission statement is "Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty," but a corollary principle is celebrating people who do remarkable things for animals. The Genesis Awards is built around that idea.