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Thomas Frank and I had a lengthy and quite vivacious Q&A about LISTEN, LIBERAL, his new book-length argument that will beget argument with nearly anyone who reads it. We chatted quite a bit about how and why the Democratic Party has betrayed the working class, what to do with the progressive Democrats who don't fit within Frank's thesis, whether professionals should be entirely blamed for these developments, and what the future holds for "bold, persistent experimentation" to redress income inequality and other national ills.
http://www.edrants.com/a-conversation-with-thomas-frank/
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On Monday, Susan Sarandon appeared on Chris Hayes's program. As I argue in this essay, Sarandon's remarks about "revolution" are hardly as severe as they have been presented, willfully distorted by pro-Hillary types who have needlessly discounted important conversations that we need to have about our broken system.
http://www.edrants.com/in-defense-of-susan-sarandon-how-the-pro-hillary-media-distorted-a-vital-dialogue/
Susan Sarandon's recent remarks on "revolution" have been distorted by a terrified cadre of pro-Hillary media types that have willfully overlooked important observations about how to rectify a broken system.
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My latest Modern Library essay, tackling Richard Hofstadter's THE GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION and whether or not Hofstadter was a consensus historian, has just been posted. It also compares William Jennings Bryan to Fargo's Jerry Lundegaard and points to some of Abraham Lincoln's fascinating political tactics.
http://www.edrants.com/the-american-political-tradition-modern-library-nonfiction-93/
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My latest Modern Library essay on Herbert Croly's THE PROMISE OF AMERICAN LIFE is something of a 3,000 word brawl with a thoughtful and deeply infuriating volume: one that still deserves our attention even as it drives any self-respecting social democrat crazy.
http://www.edrants.com/the-promise-of-american-life-modern-library-nonfiction-95/
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A new one hour Bat Segundo radio special examining the legacy of Mark Twain is now available online. The show includes several man-on-the-street interviews, conversations with UC Press's Benjamin Griffin, who discusses Twain's legacy and his work editing the three volume Autobiography, a chat with Ben Tarnoff on Twain's persona and his innovations in publishing, as well as a chat with Band of Robbers star Kyle Gallner and co-writer/co-director Adam Nee about how one goes about adapting Clemens in our modern age.
http://www.edrants.com/the-mark-twain-special-the-bat-segundo-show-552/
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The third and final part (containing P-Z) of my rather enormous 11,000 word article on the 79 great and essential podcasts that I listen to has just been posted. The latest entry includes such staples as This American Life and Radiolab, as well as a number of offbeat and alternative shows you may not have heard of.
http://www.edrants.com/79-great-and-essential-podcasts-i-listen-to-regularly-and-that-you-should-be-listening-to-too-part-three/
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I've just posted the second of my effusive three part list featuring 79 essential podcasts that are very much deserving of your attention!
http://www.edrants.com/79-great-and-essential-podcasts-i-listen-to-regularly-and-that-you-should-be-listening-to-too-part-two/
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I've decided to hold myself accountable with this essay. That's how you learn to live with yourself. And I really want other people to learn to live with their demons too.
http://www.edrants.com/on-living-with-an-inner-demon/
I live with an inner demon. But living with a demon doesn't mean that life is hopeless.
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It took me six weeks to get around to writing about Kathleen Spivack's wonderful novel, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS (for reasons that are explained in this essay). But I'm grateful to Ms. Spivack for causing me to reassess my feelings about magical realism, which I have decided to embrace thanks in part to her vivacious book. I also compare one of the troublesome novels that led me astray with the artistic contributions from the director of WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S.
http://www.edrants.com/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-magical-realism/
How a vivacious debut novel from a septuagenarian allowed me to come to terms with a long-standing literary prejudice.
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Well, this took more time to put together than I anticipated, but my next essay in the Modern Library Nonfiction Reading Challenge is up. It concerns William Appleman Williams's THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY, features a consideration of revisionist historians and progressivism, and begins to get into why I'm pissed off about Andrew Jackson (although my full thoughts on Old Hickory will have to wait until Modern Library Nonfiction #36, when I contend with the Arthur Schlesinger volume). Despite my modest complaints, I really enjoyed reading Williams and feel that anyone interested in the strange brew of liberalism and imperialism that has been fueling this nation for a while will get a good deal out of him.
http://www.edrants.com/the-contours-of-american-history-modern-library-nonfiction-94/v
In the latest Modern Library essay, we examine the somewhat overlooked progressive scholar William Appleman Williams, consider the value of revisionist historians, and get a little pissed off at Andrew Jackson.
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I've written a remembrance of the late, great David Bowie​, whose cultural contributions and genius showed us how important it was to keep art alive by keeping work fertile and in an ever-changing state of flux.
http://www.edrants.com/david-bowie-rock-and-roll-chameleon-genius/
David Bowie's imprint on musical culture leaves a vast crater, but his life and music showed us how important it was to keep art alive by changing things up.
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This is the first of a three part article in which I reveal the 79 podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. The entire list, which also includes a great deal of impassioned praise and asides, is now about 8,000 words long. So I'll be parceling it out in installments over the next week.
http://www.edrants.com/79-great-and-essential-podcasts-i-listen-to-regularly-and-that-you-should-be-listening-to-too-part-one/
This is the first of a three part article listing 79 great and essential podcasts that will replenish your soul and keep you walking this earth with a step in your stride.
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