Set in a fictional small town in Ohio, home of a shuttered glass factory and a shattered American Dream, the protagonist, Earl, is a high school football player who graduated around 1977. He’s not exactly a sympathetic character, at least not to me. He’s basically an ignorant jock who did as little school work as possible, then dropped out after he got hurt in the middle of dumb teenage jock roughhousing, couldn’t play anymore, and went to work in the same factory where his World War II vet grandpa and his Korean War vet dad had worked before him.
|By: Ohio Barbarian Sunday September 28, 2014 6:40 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 22, 2014 11:29 am|
The New York Times has published a review of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide, by Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Kinsley in which he madly endorses the interest the United States government may have in prosecuting journalists who publish leaks.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday January 23, 2014 4:15 pm|
Methland: The Death and Life of a Small American Town by Nick Reding is one scary book. It is the only book I’m aware of that understands at a fundamental level meth isn’t a drug problem, it is a symptom of our current societal and economic problems. The meth epidemic isn’t about a drug, its about the economy, and so Reding’s book is as much about the death of a way of life as the birth of a drug.
|By: cassiodorus Sunday February 17, 2013 7:00 am|
A number of recent written pieces have reflected actual interest in doing something about abrupt climate change. Abrupt climate change is now stalling the gulf stream. Barack Obama mentioned climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. Canada dumps its Kyoto targets, but perhaps Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders are now interested in climate change legislation. “John Crapper” suggests we ought to declare war on fossil fuel. Agathena tells us more about Canadian tar sands.
Generally speaking, none of the suggested solutions to have reached mainstream respectability does what it takes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 24, 2012 8:45 am|
When President Barack Obama was elected president, he and his administration planned to overhaul Bush detention policies and repair America’s image in the world. This specifically included ending torture, ensuring terror suspects were given due process and no longer indefinitely detained, and closing the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
|By: Laura Flanders Thursday May 15, 2008 5:29 pm|
We ask two vets and a pacifist what it means to Support The Troops, and premiere a snip of IRAQ PAPER SCISSORS. Plus a Handstand-A-Thon in Brooklyn , the G.I. Bill of Rights, The Great Derangement, and One Immigrant’s Tale from the Movement Vision Lab.