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What Veterans Remember

On a day marked to honor our veterans and to commemorate the sacrifices made by these great men and women, we need to take a moment to give voice to those who still live in the shadows of war. These are the soldiers who continue to suffer...Show More Summary

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School (Part 1)

Anyone who wants to major in the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, the helping professions, or simply wants to be culturally literate, must come to terms with the Bible, that literary Mount Everest that has shaped Western humanity's...Show More Summary

On Memory, Loss, and the Holocaust

This post is adapted from a speech given to the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum's 2014 Annual Gala Dinner on November 2, 2014 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I am overwhelmed by the honor you pay me this evening -- all the more since in honoring me you are also honoring my parents. Show More Summary

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Sometime in the late sixties or early seventies, before I switched to computers, my method for preparing clean copies of my manuscripts for further work, or a final copy for my publisher was to send my chicken marked manuscripts out to a typist. Show More Summary

We Are Not Ready, But We Could Be: On Gawande's 'Being Mortal'

About a quarter of the way through Atul Gawande's wonderful, disturbing, but ultimately hopeful new book, Being Mortal, I said to my wife "We've got to talk!" I had become convinced that we are not ready for death or, more precisely,...Show More Summary

Neil Gaiman, Amanda Fking Palmer & Judy Blume Take to Red Carpet for Free Speech

The National Coalition Against Censorship celebrated its 40th Anniversary of free speech advocacy at a gala event on November 3 in New York City. Neil Gaiman author of graphic novels, comic books and other works of fiction was among the evening's honorees as one of its 2014 Free Speech Defenders. Show More Summary

Piketty Has a Point

Thomas Piketty's Capital was received in many different ways. Many see it as a thorough empirical denouncement of capitalism with an ingrained bias toward the evils of wealth accumulation at the expense of the common man. Some celebrate...Show More Summary

4 Travel Memoirs You've Probably Never Heard of

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are" -- Mason Cooley. Most of us only have a small amount of time each year, allotted by our employers, to travel the world. Picking up an amazing travel memoir about someone...Show More Summary

10 Budget-Friendly Street Photography Books

Image Copyright Michael Ernest Sweet Courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Press Photography books can be really expensive. I know, I've said this before. But seriously, some of us just don't want to fork over hundreds of dollars every time we buy a book. Show More Summary

Another Jesus and Mary Magdalene Hoax

Just this week another Jesus hoax has appeared in the media. Media producer Simcha Jacobovici has collaborated with a professor named Barrie Wilson on a book called, "The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text That Reveals Jesus' Marriage...Show More Summary

Top 10 Greatest Business Books of All Time

Go ahead and Google or Bing the phrase "Top 10 Business Books" and you get nearly 1.8 Trillion returns. That in itself leads you to realize that this is an extremely important subject on this planet. Everybody who is somebody from Forbes...Show More Summary

Why Mel Brooks and Bill Moyers Will Always Idolize Norman Lear

Last Tuesday, Republicans wrested control of the U.S. Senate. Prelude to a 2016 White House smackdown? Bad news for the Left? Maybe. But this coming Tuesday, Veteran's Day, liberal ninja Norman Lear will be celebrated for a lifetimeShow More Summary

Is 'The Handmaid's Tale' Science Fiction -- Or A Preview Of 2016?

In Washington, D.C., a judge understood that a cesarean section might kill a seriously ill 27-year-old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant. Still, he ordered that she undergo the procedure. Both the woman and her baby died. In Iowa, a pregnant woman fell down a flight of stairs and went to the hospital. Show More Summary

Old Asian American Poets Never Die

I'm a true child of the anti-war, black power sixties, so when I think of my writing influences, it's impossible to separate poetry from politics. Maybe if I had not grown up in a white racist suburb of LA, my poetry influences would...Show More Summary

Scarily Plausible Doomsday Scenarios For Dystopian Fans

The following is an excerpt from Are You Shtting Me?: 1,004 Facts That Will Scare the Crap Out of You: There's no nice way to say it: we're screwed. One way or another, we'll all be obliterated someday, and that day is sooner than you think. Show More Summary

The Most Influential Books of the Past Decade

Every once in a while, we read a book that doesn't just transform the way we see the world. It also changes how we live our lives. For the past ten years, I've been asking business leaders and students which book has most influenced their actions. Show More Summary

What's in a Name?

We're familiar with Shakespeare's famous lines from Romeo and Juliet in which Juliet says, What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet While that's true in botany, fictional characters' names matter. Show More Summary

Finding Other, Slower, Measures of Success

A few pages in, I let out a huge sigh of relief. "So, I'm not lazy. I'm not alone," I thought to myself. I was reading Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. Show More Summary

Rocking the Wall -- The Berlin Concert that Changed the World

In 2089, when Germany looks back to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, historians and sociologists will have a different perspective on all the myriad of reasons that helped bring down the iconic symbol of the world's Cold War division. Show More Summary

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