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It’s a Dry Heat (and Getting Hotter)

by Osha Gray Davidson | Feb 1, 2012 | Books, Culture

…as William deBuys demonstrates in his wonderful new book, A Great Aridness. DeBuys, an accomplished New Mexico writer and conservationist, understands that a lack of water is what gives this iconic landscape its impossibly blue skies and unique wildlife. But life in these arid lands is a precarious affair. Death or even extinction is never more […]

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After the Fall

by Geoff Rips | Dec 15, 2011 | Books, Economy

As Lawrence Lessig explains in Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It (TWELVE, 383 pp., $26.99), the disastrous nibble for American democracy was the change in the relationship between money and power. It may not have been a fall from Eden, but it was a headlong descent from the […]

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Sophisticated Kitsch and Mac Attacks

by Gene Seymour | Dec 1, 2011 | Books, Culture

Dwight Macdonald (1906–82) represented the first best example of a critic who could do productive, even transformative, things going in one direction while everyone else went another. Skeptical spectators and aspiring smart alecks drew encouragement not only from Macdonald’s conscientious objections, but from their method. He could twist the dial from “sarcastic” to “sardonic” with a compound […]

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The People’s Case for Impeaching Bush

by Elizabeth Holtzman | Nov 15, 2006 | Books, Politics

Editor’s note: With their party back in power for the first time since 1994, some senior House Democrats who will be rising to committee chairmanships are already planning to conduct investigations into wrongdoings of the Bush administration in everything thing from fraud and abuse in Iraq War contracting to illegal domestic surveillance and detainee interrogations. […]

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Electoral Fraud: A Reading List

by WS Editors | Oct 15, 2006 | Books, Politics

Books, Articles, Letters Conyers, John, et al. What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 2005. DeHaven-Smith, Lance. The Battle for Florida: An Annotated Compendium of Materials from the 2000 Presidential Election. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005. DeHaven-Smith, Lance. Letter on the issue of election fraud. News […]

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