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William O'Rourke
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WILLIAM O'ROURKE is the author of The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left (1972), Signs of the Literary Times: Essays, Reviews, Profiles (1993), and On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir (2006), as well as the novels The Meekness of Isaac (1974), Idle Hands (1981), Criminal Tendencies (1987), and Notts (1996). He is the editor of On the Job: Fiction About Work by Contemporary American Writers (1977)and Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years (2009). His book, Campaign America ‘96: The View From the Couch, first published in 1997, was reissued in paperback with a new, updated epilogue in 2000. A sequel, Campaign America 2000: The View From the Couch, was published in 2001. He has been awarded two NEAs and a New York State Council on the Arts CAPS grant. He was the first James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio and is a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and was the founding director of its graduate creative writing program. He wrote a weekly political column for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2001 till 2005.

He blogs at http://orourke-theviewfromthecouch.blogspot.com/

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Barney Rosset U.

0 Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | g:i A

Upon his recent death, I realized I had matriculated in the Barney Rosset School of Literature, or, more correctly (since I didn't know who Barney Rosset was when I started), The Grove Press University of the Arts. I also went on to graduate school at New Directions...

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Contraception Wars and Woes

8 Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | g:i A

I share at least one attribute of the Catholic Bishops, now at war with the Obama administration: I don't want to talk about contraception, either.

I've taught for over three decades at the university which some characterize as the place where the American Catholic Church "does its thinking." Well, here...

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Not Saving Social Security, Again

33 Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | g:i A

The Republicans, once again, have "caved" on allowing the extension of the payroll tax reduction -- if you consider furthering their anti-Social Security strategy an act of caving. Among the many stories the media has misreported over recent decades, Social Security is one of the most egregious. I have been...

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Halftime in Pink America

0 Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | g:i A

The Super Bowl was, well, super. The game had its moments: the first "free" touchdown in the big game that was, supposedly, not meant to happen (but once a running back turns around in a sitting position on the goal line, he's only gonna fall in backwards, pushed by all...

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A Primary History Primer

0 Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | g:i A

Let me be blunt: When Republicans run against an incumbent Democratic president, they usually choose a damaged war veteran as their candidate. The '96 election set the pattern: Bob Dole v. Bill Clinton. (A less caustic analysis is that they pick someone who has run before in primaries and lost....

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Our Post-Satirical Primaries

0 Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | g:i A

One thing is clear: Newt Gingrich is not running as Ronald Reagan, but as Margaret Thatcher, at least the Thatcher caricatured by Spitting Image, the Brit satirical television show, circa 1984. Gingrich has often been lampooned as a puppet, one in particular, the malevolent horror-film character Chucky, but Spitting Image's...

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