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A Place Called Home

Darfuri immigrants in Brooklyn yearn and fight for the devastated region they left behind

Letter from Senegal

Beneath this half-completed section of highway overpass on the dusty outskirts of Dakar, Moussa spreads his arms widely and raises them to the concrete slab above his head

Dancing with the Master: The life and music of Manny Oquendo, 1931–2009

Over fried pork chops one rainy April evening, at a Latin-Chinese restaurant at Broadway and 100th St., music producer Rene Lopez crystallized percussionist Manny Oquendo’s accomplishments.

Filmmaker As Socialist Anthologist

Chris Marker’s Grin Without A Cat (Le Fond de L’Air Est Rouge) My father was an anthologist who published dozens of volumes on themes as diverse as eroticism, plants and cats.

A Brief History of Violence

David Neiwert, The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Racialized the American Right (Pollpoint Press)

Remembering Vonnegut

Loree Rackstraw, Love As Always, Kurt: Vonnegut As I Knew Him (Da Capo Press)

Lopate's Sontag

David Neiwert, Notes on Sontag (Princeton University Press)

Thatcher’s Leftovers

Chris Killip, In Flagrante (Errata Editions)

A Glance Backward While Driving Over the Edge

Owning a car is an American birthright. It is the personalization of American power, prosperity, and autonomy.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2009

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