I've followed the essays and fiction of writer Mark Slouka ("slow-kah") yet still didn't know exactly what to expect from his newest. It is his return, difficult and rewarding, to his own story instead of traveling, as it were, further into the lives of his Eastern European immigrant parents, or to ... More >>
Mr Bib enjoys, appreciates, tries to live up to the gift--not to mention its responsibilities--of a forum featuring his interpretations, recommendations, critiques of books. It's discouraging, if perhaps not unexpected, to find readers who either don't understand or don't get it. Don't like my rheto ... More >>
Just returned from a weekend reunion of lifelong friends, political comrades and good eggs. We were young together once, and lived in tents on the lawn at UCLA, doing everybody's best to politicize other students and faculty, and talk the UC Regents into divesting from racist, apartheid So ... More >>
Lists are fun. I read a couple great ones this week, including The Progressive magazine's nine worst lobbyists. I've assembled some great ones this past week at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, where I've taken notes and share them with you here. The conference's unsavory and racist name, b ... More >>
'The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America'
The modern lover lives in the modern world
The Wall-to-Wal-Martization of American Life