From mystery to history: summer reading suggestions

We polled some of our writers for suggestions on great reads and their favorite sources for books and here are some of their suggestions.


‘The Last Station’ - we loved it and learned from it

Love, wealth, utopian ideas and looming revolution are themes in this wonderfully acted film about Tolstoy and his wife.


Driving us to distraction in land of logos

In the movie "They Live," aliens use subliminal messages to steer our actions and thinking. Living in the "land of logos," are we being steered, and for what?


Cuba in the house

My favorite television show at the moment is Fox's "House," but one episode made me scratch my head.


Musicians’ victory is good for all workers

CLEVELAND - Musicians at this city's famous orchestra are taking heat from phony populists, but their union's firmness sets an example that is good for the entire labor movement.


Avatar: Hollywood science fiction, political reality

What makes Avatar so interesting is that when one looks beyond the science fiction story, one clearly sees the policies of our government serving the multi-national corporations.


It’s anti-capitalism, Charlie Brown

Forty-four years ago, pop culture received an unexpected push leftward with "A Charlie Brown Christmas."


Few happy endings, but much food for thought

From troubled teens to murders in a maquiladora town, new films reflect the growing pressures of surviving in today's economic climate.


Yip Harburg, ‘Wizard of Oz’ songwriter & socialist

There is much to be told about the message of the holiday classic, "Wizard of Oz," beginning with its Oscar-winning lyricist Edgar Yipsel Harburg.

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