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April 13th, 2014
thesmithian

…powerful linoleum prints provide a unique graphic history of one of the most infamous, racially-charged episodes in the annals of the American judicial system…

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April 10th, 2014
thesmithian

There are border crossings and hyphenations. Dominican, but not. Haitian, but not. Black Latino. Father. Poet. One of the fiercest writers…One of the most tender. Back-and-forth between Spanish and English. Rakim name-dropped alongside Ravitch. Some references cited and explained—Paolo Freire, for example – but the hip hop lyrics aren’t; it’s up to the reader to decode, not to Vilson to translate. That flips the rules of power and culture and literacy…

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There are border crossings and hyphenations. Dominican, but not. Haitian, but not. Black Latino. Father. Poet. One of the fiercest writers…One of the most tender. Back-and-forth between Spanish and English. Rakim name-dropped alongside Ravitch. Some references cited and explained—Paolo Freire, for example – but the hip hop lyrics aren’t; it’s up to the reader to decode, not to Vilson to translate. That flips the rules of power and culture and literacy…

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

Each section opens with lines from children’s books that, put in the context of the poems, carry profound, disturbing meaning.

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Each section opens with lines from children’s books that, put in the context of the poems, carry profound, disturbing meaning.

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

…devastating as it reveals how love becomes warped and jagged and even seemingly vanishes in the midst of huge grief.

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

"There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting." —Rob Lowe

April 6th, 2014
thesmithian

He embarked on the task intending not just to rely on historical research but to track down living witnesses to the many tragedies and upheavals that Congo has endured. His efforts were well rewarded…he managed to find Congolese veterans with memories of early white missionaries and colonial officials, and tales of religious uprisings and resistance movements. His witnesses from more modern times include musicians, footballers, political activists, warlords and child soldiers. The result is a vivid panorama of one of the most tormented lands in the world.

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He embarked on the task intending not just to rely on historical research but to track down living witnesses to the many tragedies and upheavals that Congo has endured. His efforts were well rewarded…he managed to find Congolese veterans with memories of early white missionaries and colonial officials, and tales of religious uprisings and resistance movements. His witnesses from more modern times include musicians, footballers, political activists, warlords and child soldiers. The result is a vivid panorama of one of the most tormented lands in the world.

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April 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

“The Harlem Hellfighters” is a powerful comic that may do more than any previous work to illuminate the heroism of the 369th. And now that Sony and Will Smith have optioned the film rights, perhaps an entire nation will come to salute its sacrifice.

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

More than 75 years after the publication of [Gone With the Wind], a prequel with Mammy at its center is set for release in October…

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art: by WBK

March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

what of the…women who…came to Paris…to attend classes at the Sorbonne, but who really were in search of a degree in the School of Life? It seems there is a small but growing literature on the subject.

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March 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

…takes not one but three women who are alone and places them at the heart of the Somali civil conflict—in other words, in the very eye of the sun.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

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Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

…searing and systematic evidence that women in Pakistan…can also be victims of institutions and traditions that are deeply lodged in its culture and politics.

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…searing and systematic evidence that women in Pakistan…can also be victims of institutions and traditions that are deeply lodged in its culture and politics.

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