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The God of My Grandparents

If Jesus is the author of my faith, then my grandparents are the editors.

Born in Africa

“Where were you born?” the border guard asked me, holding my passport with barely disguised confusion.

King's Legacy

Few, if any, of the tributes capture the full spectrum of King’s message at the time of his assassination.

From Black Power to Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s meteoric rise from charismatic senator to national phenomenon to presidential contender reveals the complex evolution of black politics since the civil rights and Black Power era.

In Conversation

How We Torture: Alex Gibney with Williams Cole

By probing the homicide of an innocent taxi driver named Diliwar at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, Taxi is a powerful film that exposes the Bush administration’s torture practices in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Letter from New Orleans

At first the arm of the bulldozer reaches out and probes, sort of tapping at the bricks. It doesn’t look strong enough to break through. But then it makes a hole, and then another one.

An Immature Anti-Fascist

According to Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, the world’s first true fascist leader was Woodrow Wilson.

Memories of SDS

In the long twilight of the U.S. of A, nobody has been younger or closer to heaven than the Students for a Democratic Society.

A Case for Eco-Optimism

In prose that is part speechwriter platitude and part skateboarder slang, Turner catalogues the technologies that could make sustainability a reality.

Kites: A Memoir

After dad died my brother started having these dreams.

In Conversation

Orhan Pamuk with Carol Becker

On the occasion of the Columbia Alumni Association Forum, September 22, 2007, organized by Columbia University at La Bourse, historic site of the Paris Stock Exchange, Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts, spoke with Orhan Pamuk.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2008

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