Archive for News

Resist: How to Articulate the Progressive Agenda with George Lakoff’s “Don’t Think of an Elephant!”

Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction,VT., 2014 (pb.). George Lakoff is a widely respected neuroscientist and political analyst whose books like “Moral Politics” and “Whose Freedoms?” have recently begun to…

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The Liar in Chief: An Update and a Book on the Resistance

  Donald Trump and his minions and lackeys on the alt-right have had a busy week inventing stuff that serves their interests in provoking fear, reactionary xenophobia and racism. “Crime is out of control,” a common theme for Trump is a total fabrication. Crime is…

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The Liar in Chief: Daniel Levitin’s New “A Field Guide to Lies” Might Help

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin, Dutton Penguin Random House, New York, 2016 ($28)  Daniel Levitin is dean of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and is also on the faculty at…

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Sorrows of the Digital World and “The Attention Merchants” by Tim Wu (or, The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads!)

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016. $28.95 At a recent small college basketball game I was in the stands with perhaps twenty or thirty other fans, most, unlike me, parents of…

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The Sorrows of the Digital World: An Expanding Bibliography for a Brave New World

  Yes, the sorrows of the digital world indeed. Mommy on the cell phone while walking with her baby daughter in the park on a beautiful morning, the guy driving seventy-five texting and staring at his lap.  Generals and Billionaires running the show on Twitter….

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American Demagogue: The How and Why of Donald Trump

American Demagogue: The Why and How of Donald J. Trump Books discussed in this essay: The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch, (W.W. Norton and Company, New York) (1995) Listen, Liberal or Whatever Happened to the Party of the…

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Michael Herr Dies on June 23, 2016: News from the War

Michael Herr died last June 23, 2016, a sad day.  Herr’s book “Dispatches” was the only true news from the war I remember.  I was subject to the draft during the War, fought not in Vietnam but in the streets of the United States, and…

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Perspectives: Tyranny and American Populism

I am happy to announce a new feature on my website. “Perspectives” will bring to my blogs features that interest me from current news, literature, art, social science, philosophy and other topics that catch my eye. These days, political campaigns feature big money, television, questionable…

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Happy to Announce New Literary Representation: The Virginia Kidd Agency

I am happy to announce that I have just contracted with Mr. William Reeve of the Virginia Kidd Agency to represent my work. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with this long-established and well-respected literary agency and am particularly pleased to be…

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What is a novelist to do? From David Shields: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

The American writer has his hands full, trying to understand and describe and then make credible much of American reality.   It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one’s own meager imagination. The actuality is continually outdoing…

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