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Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers

Ishmael Reed’s Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers offers many prescient insights into the miasma that is the “post-race” United States. An unabashed mixture of political polemic, scathing wit, and idiosyncratic cultural commentary, it is a book of frequently quirky and unpredictable charms. It is not, however, the […]

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Ilustrado

“Be an international writer who happens to be a Filipino,” says a senior writer to an aspiring one in Miguel Syjuco’s debut novel Ilustrado. The line could serve not only as an author’s self-motivating mission statement – the aspiring writer in the novel, for what it’s worth, is named Miguel Syjuco – but as a […]

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More Good News: Real Solutions to the Global Eco-Crisis

Holly Dressel calls them the “green techies”: the researchers who herald newfangled technologies to solve large-scale environmental troubles. But there is no global panacea, she explains in More Good News: Real Solutions to the Global Eco-Crisis, a study in sustainable living co-written by Dressel, an Adjunct Professor at the McGill School of Environment, and David […]