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John Steinbeck’s road map for resisting Donald Trump

A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump to identify their “favorite work of resistance literature.” The writer Paul Wilner identified John Steinbeck’s […]

John Steinbeck’s road map for resisting Donald Trump

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A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump to identify their “favorite work of resistance literature.” The writer Paul Wilner identified John Steinbeck’s […]

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John Steinbeck: An antidote to Donald Trump?

A rotten egg incubated by reality television and hatched by retrograde thinking about women and the world, the presidency of Donald Trump is creating anxiety, fear, and a growing

Donald Trump is no Ernest Hemingway or John Steinbeck

Donald Trump bragged, via tweet, that he’s the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter. Unfortunately for us, the new president possesses neither the courage nor the self-control of Hemingway, winner of

Benny King and the criminalization of addiction

Benny King is a gregarious, good-hearted, God-fearing 53-year-old black man from Alabama who shouldn’t be in prison. But he is. Mr. King is serving 14 months at the federal correctional institution

Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the death penalty today

Seventy years after its publication John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital punishment was the last

Opioid addicts populate our prisons, death rows and your neighborhood

Addicts hooked on pain pills or "opioids" overpopulate our country's prisons and death rows — particularly in Alabama.

 As Anne Hull's revealing article for The Washington Post (“The lonely road of staying clean:

Happiness: The joy of public defense

When a zealous public defender acting as the effective lawyer guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment was handcuffed in a Las Vegas courtroom in May for doing her job —

Reggae Renaissance at BNV Productions in Burbank

“BNV Productions is strictly a mom and pop operation — we don’t have rules here; we can do whatever we want,” said Brian Vasquez, co-owner of BNV Productions, a

Duckie Simpson talks Black Uhuru and the reality of the music business

Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, founder of the world’s top-selling reggae band after Bob Marley and The Wailers, has been in the music business for over fifty years; but, at 66

Midlife crisis: A man and his skateboard

Have you ever — to the shock and horror of everyone you know — turned your back on a job you’ve been at for many years to do something

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