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On Arundhati Roy's 'My Seditious Heart'

While her novels evoke romance, longing, forbidden love, and class struggle, Arundhati Roy's nonfiction proves more incendiary, more seditious.

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Why Is It So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism?

In White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo commits the error of telling her readers what to think instead of providing ways to use critical thinking to challenge societal norms.

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Keep Questioning. Keep Protesting. Keep Voting: 'When They Call You a Terrorist'

The Black Lives Matter movement has disrupted an undeserved comfort and acceptance of an unjust society. Rightfully so.

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Civil Rights Document, 'A More Beautiful and Terrible History', Is Revelatory, Sobering and Relevant

Theoharis's work is deeply (and sadly) relevant to our current condition. Many of the same issues Theoharis decries -- media inattention, liberal passivity on racial justice issues, government harassment of activists -- are still in play.

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'Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty' Memoir Rejects Hagiography

In Kate Hennessy, a cautious voice emerges over the pious chatter about her famous grandmother, activist Dorothy Day.

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Historian Martin Duberman Puts Us to Task with 'Has the Gay Movement Failed?'

Has the "gay movement" failed? Not yet, suggests this historian's survey. But it urgently needs to reinvent itself.

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'Visionary Women' Is a Tale of Activism Sparked by Everyday Observations

This biography of Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters demonstrates the fluidity between private and public spaces and how they were able to traverse that line.

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Lois Weber's Legacy Rises in These Troubled Times, As It Should

Silent films The Dumb Girl of Portici and Shoes reveal two sides of the early Hollywood director: the filmmaker who wanted to tell epic stories on a grand scale, and the social activist who wanted her films to spark discussion and prompt change.

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In 'The Blood is at the Doorstep', a Family Suffers From an Intransigent Criminal Justice System

Erik Ljung's work is an auspicious cinematic debut which reminds that for every criminal justice statistic, there's a stirring story which deserves to be deeply considered.

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Is Punk Rock Just Urban Folk Music? 'Left of the Dial'

This compendium provides a fitting tribute to punk's intellectual and political energy, harnessed to a friendlier, if assaultive, approach that invites in all to play and listen.

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The Terrible Beauty of 'The Cove'

The Cove attacks the slaughtering of dolphins in Japan while reminding us just how impressive these creatures can be.

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Saint Fonda in the Backyard: The Iconic Jane Works It Out

Golden Age Hollywood scion, feminist activist, and general all-around bad-ass Jane Fonda is back, and this time she's hitting the campaign trail on behalf of the health of boomers and senior citizens.

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A Bucket of Chicken With a Side of Guilt

Google unwittingly sent me to PETA this week. I have to admit -- I was surprised at what I found...

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Vigilance: An Interview with Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman might be described as a cat who roars. Soft-spoken, attentive, and highly intelligent, she's made her name as an academic and activist.

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An Inconvenient Truth

Now that he's lost a presidential contest and done a couple of Saturday Night Lives, it appears Mr. Ex-veep is on a roll.

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