Saturday Art: My Poem for Gaza

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00 pm

Almost 40 years ago, after showing my girlfriend (now my wife) my latest poem, she diplomatically told me that poetry was perhaps “the least of my many artistic talents.” Since then, I haven’t written many verses, though I’ve set over 50 by others to song.

However, the ongoing Gaza butchery has shaken me to the core. I am not alone. This has been a pivotal event for many others.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaman

By: Sunday September 22, 2013 1:59 pm

What a treat for us to once again have Kim Stanley Robinson as our guest for the Firedoglake Book Salon. Many of you will remember our discussion last year of Robinson’s 2312 in which he took us 300 years into the future all the while teaching us so much about this very moment. In his new novel, Shaman, he takes us 30,000 years back, to Pleistocene times, the Ice Age, a transitional time in the long slow evolution of humans and our earth home. And yet, while the time zones differ dramatically, the heart of this new novel is very close to that of 2312 and again, to this moment of now.

Shaman tells the story of Loon, a young shaman in the making.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Brin, Existence

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 1:59 pm

In his latest novel, Existence, David Brin takes on the Fermi Paradox – the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity’s lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations. Set in the 2050s, Existence is at once familiar and oh so alien even before the initial contact with an alien artifact occurs.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Doug Saunders, The Myth of the Muslim Tide

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 1:59 pm

Doug Saunders is a journalist of the rare kind these days. He actually researches, explores, investigates and only then reports on the major trends of our global community. His earlier book, Arrival City, explored “the final shift of human populations from agricultural life to cities… —from Maryland to Shenzhen, from the favelas of Rio to the shanty towns of Mumbai, from Los Angeles to Nairobi. “ His new book The Myth of the Muslim Tide addresses the fearful response of so many Americans and Europeans to one key constituency of that shift, Muslim immigrants.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kim Stanley Robinson, 2312

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 1:59 pm

In 2312, Robinson has taken us 300 years into the future, shifting beyond the near times of most of his works to a time when the consequences of our actions now play out in a devastated yet still home planet Earth. And Robinson reminds us, when 2312’s lead character Swan heads from her home Mercury to Earth of the wonder of our own planet, a wonder we forget and destroy with our current actions

In Memoriam, Ray Bradbury

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 2:45 pm

I don’t remember my reactions to the stories themselves so much as what came after — a lifelong love of both Bradbury’s work and science fiction in general. I read everything by him I could find, from his horror and sf through to his more conventional works about life in Ireland. As a boy, I loved his paeans to boyhood and the joy of fresh new sneakers in Dandelion Wine. I read The Martian Chronicles over and over, breaking the spines of multiple copies.

FDL Book Salon: Tweets From Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution As It Unfolded, In the Words of the People Who Made It

By: Saturday April 23, 2011 1:59 pm

Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns’ new book, Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution As It Unfolded, provides us all with an important first hand view of this movement as it blossomed in Egypt from January 25th through February 12. Using – with permission –running accounts from twitter, the authors are able to trace the movement in the streets in the words of key activists who were there, organizing, strategizing, being surprised by successes and beaten by Mubarak’s thugs.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jeff Sharlet, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

By: Sunday October 3, 2010 1:59 pm

In 2008, I had the chance to host an FDL book salon with Jeff Sharlet when his book, The Family, was released. Drawing on his experiences living at one of the organization’s houses as well as his significant research into the history of this secretive religious group, Sharlet’s bestselling book exposed us all to this frightening circle of influence.

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