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July 14th, 2014
thesmithian

Kathryn Ma…writes with authority about racial politics in San Francisco, a city where, not long ago, “all the Asian lawyers in town fit into five or six tables.” Now Chinatown power players can block or tip a judge’s promotion, and the annual luncheon of the local Asian bar association fills the banquet floor.

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Kathryn Ma…writes with authority about racial politics in San Francisco, a city where, not long ago, “all the Asian lawyers in town fit into five or six tables.” Now Chinatown power players can block or tip a judge’s promotion, and the annual luncheon of the local Asian bar association fills the banquet floor.

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July 1st, 2014
thesmithian

“It is a literature more about being a citizen of the world—going to Europe, going back to Lagos…we are talking about how the West relates to Africa and it frees writers to create their own worlds. They have several identities and they speak several languages.”

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June 20th, 2014
thesmithian

…first all-black rock group to enjoy massive commercial success since Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. The members of Living Colour were also fiercely political and spoke out regularly about issues of race and power in American life, which…may have blunted the band’s commercial success.

more, plus audio interview with the author, here.

…first all-black rock group to enjoy massive commercial success since Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. The members of Living Colour were also fiercely political and spoke out regularly about issues of race and power in American life, which…may have blunted the band’s commercial success.

more, plus audio interview with the author, here.

June 9th, 2014
thesmithian

So intense was the spotlight after Sally Ride’s visit to space (including threats from stalkers) that she had to undergo therapy to regain her equilibrium.

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So intense was the spotlight after Sally Ride’s visit to space (including threats from stalkers) that she had to undergo therapy to regain her equilibrium.

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…chronicles the deterioration of the country’s once-vaunted state college system, where a majority of students pursuing a postsecondary degree are enrolled. She bemoans the fact that the community ­colleges, which play a central role in educating the “less advantaged,” must beg for money, and she lays into for-profit ­colleges like the University of Phoenix, the largest of the 1,000 or so of these institutions that have sprouted up in recent years.

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…chronicles the deterioration of the country’s once-vaunted state college system, where a majority of students pursuing a postsecondary degree are enrolled. She bemoans the fact that the community ­colleges, which play a central role in educating the “less advantaged,” must beg for money, and she lays into for-profit ­colleges like the University of Phoenix, the largest of the 1,000 or so of these institutions that have sprouted up in recent years.

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…suggests that Hillary Clinton’s main legacy lies in reorienting American foreign policy in a globalized, tech-savvy 21st century, and in helping restore the country’s image abroad in the wake of the Iraq war and the unilateralism of President George W. Bush’s administration.

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…suggests that Hillary Clinton’s main legacy lies in reorienting American foreign policy in a globalized, tech-savvy 21st century, and in helping restore the country’s image abroad in the wake of the Iraq war and the unilateralism of President George W. Bush’s administration.

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June 6th, 2014
thesmithian

Shakespeare is popular in America because Americans are in the habit of using his plays as vehicles for their own preoccupations, political and otherwise…

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Shakespeare is popular in America because Americans are in the habit of using his plays as vehicles for their own preoccupations, political and otherwise…

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June 4th, 2014
thesmithian

…achieved cult status as one of the few to portray the black power movement…from a militant’s point of view. Greenlee helped write the script, which, like the book, drew on his experiences working abroad for the State Department. In the story, Mr. Greenlee’s protagonist, Dan Freeman, endures a brief, demeaning career as the first African-American C.I.A. officer, a token position, just so he can learn the art of fomenting revolution from foreign rebellions and then bring the revolution home to Chicago.

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May 30th, 2014
thesmithian

collects…everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and song lyrics. It encompasses various phases of American diplomatic history that are typically treated separately, such as the First World War, the Cold War, and 9/11. The book presents the perspectives of elite policymakers—presidents, secretaries of state, generals, and diplomats—alongside those of other kinds of Americans, such as newspaper columnists, clergymen, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It also features numerous documents from other countries…

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collects…everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and song lyrics. It encompasses various phases of American diplomatic history that are typically treated separately, such as the First World War, the Cold War, and 9/11. The book presents the perspectives of elite policymakers—presidents, secretaries of state, generals, and diplomats—alongside those of other kinds of Americans, such as newspaper columnists, clergymen, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It also features numerous documents from other countries…

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

Going from struggling in school to an almost-arrest for shoplifting to running a company worth far more than $100 million isn’t a simple story.

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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

…the book’s message is that one person can make a difference, but change is painfully slow, uneven and the work of a lifetime.

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…the book’s message is that one person can make a difference, but change is painfully slow, uneven and the work of a lifetime.

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