Posts by: Mark Pritchard

Help Send Ted Rall to Afghanistan

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You’re probably familiar with the work of cartoonist Ted Rall, whose work appears on Salon and in many other places. He is raising money for a trip to Afghanistan to report, in his way, on the situation there, and through a website, you can support the trip with small donations. I really like the micro-granting […]

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Beacon Press to Republish Out-of-print MLK Books

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Beacon Press has come to an agreement with the heirs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to republish four out-of-print books by the clergyman and civil rights leader, including “Strength to Love,” a collection of his most eloquent and inspiring essays tying the message of Jesus to the struggle for civil rights, as in the […]

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Novelist disappears into illness, addiction

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Kaye Gibbons, author of the 1987 debut best-seller Ellen Foster and several subsequent novels, is the subject of an Associated Press profile published in several newspapers and Sunday book sections over the weekend. The article traces her downfall from “vivacious” best-selling author to her 2008 arrest for forging hydrocodone prescriptions to her disappearance into mental […]

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Why we need newspapers: They stand against tyranny

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In the 1960s and 70s, Central and South America were rife with dictatorships which used secret police, the military, right-wing death squads and tight control of the media to quash dissent and keep power. One of the most egregious of these police states was Argentina, still recovering from its anti-democratic Peronist era. In that nation, […]

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Newspapers dying? Maybe it’s just the cities they mythologized

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An interview on New American Media with writer Richard Rodriguez has a fascinating take on what’s happening to American newspapers. Using the famously provincial San Francisco Chronicle as an example, Rodriguez says,  “I don’t think the Chronicle is dying so much as I think that San Francisco is dying.”

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Paterson’s Great Falls, inspiration for writers, named national park

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President Barack Obama signed legislation on Monday naming the Great Falls on the Passaic River in Paterson, N.J. a national historic park. The 77-foot falls, site of early American industrial plants, has also inspired American writers. The great 20th century poets William Carlos Williams, whose epic work “Paterson” used the falls and the river as […]

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Kerouac’s lost French works

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The Words without Borders blog has a fascinating post on two novellas by Jack Kerouac in his native French, works that were written in the early 1950s and which reflect his interest in Proust, Balzac and the French literary tradition. News of Kerouac’s French works came in a panel at the Americas Society in New […]

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