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Raiding The Tomb of Lubitsch

Raiding The Tomb of Lubitsch

At the 1947 Los Angeles funeral of that genius of urbane film comedy, Ernst Lubitsch, fellow émigré Billy Wilder said mournfully, “No more Lubitsch.” The director William Wyler, yet another…

The Art of the Essay

George Plimpton talks to E.B. White about life and writing.…

The Ocean is Boiling

An oral history of the Santa Barbara oil spill.…

The Pufferfish’s Geometry of Love

Justin Trudeau = More Neo-Lib Mediocrity

Bill McKibben on why the Canadian Prime Minister is just another corporate bag man. …

Insanity’s First Draft

It makes sense that when CNN decided to give us a history lesson on “America in the 1950s,” ‘60s, ‘70s and so on, they’d do it from the perspective of…

A Woman Named Juana & Two Named Maria Luisa

When director Maria Luisa Bemberg, Argentinian film maker, encountered Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, probably when she read The Traps of Faith by Octavio Paz, she found a kindred…

MOAB Music

MOAB Music

“The earth felt like a boat in a storm,” Mohammad Shahzadah said after the Mother of All Bombs hit the Achin district in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan yesterday after evening…

Hitchhiker Blues

It’s been a few years since I tried to hitch a ride. The last time was when my engine blew in O’Brien, Oregon and I tried to bum a ride…

Dawn In The Redwoods V

(Humboldt County, October 1996. Tensions mounted at the Owl Creek Tree Sit, where a village of at least half a dozen activists occupied strategically-located trunks in an attempt to protect…

PG&E’s Bogus ‘Mea Culpa’

PG&E’s Bogus ‘Mea Culpa’

If you want to see something sickening skip right past the latest video games or the most brutal Game of Thrones episode, shut off the DVR, and settle in for…