The political pundit and creator of The Daily Show discusses the feminist elite, slut-shaming, and the difference between essay and memoir
Global warming is but one of nine or 10 different ways in which human civilization is threatening to cross boundaries of over-consumption and overuse. These, will undermine the natural foundations on which our civilization is built.
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In "The Kings and Queens of Roam," author Daniel Wallace illustrates the power words have to make worlds, both in the tragic whimsy of the world his words create and in the sad, scary world one character builds for another.
Tim Tyson was 10 years old when a black man was murdered in his hometown for allegedly making a remark to a white man's wife. The accused killers were acquitted by an all-white jury. Tyson, now a professor of Afro-American studies, makes sense of the murder in his new book.
Perhaps the primary virtue of Rebecca Solnit's clear-headed new book is that it does not simply swap one interpretation of disaster -- as anticonsumerist reckoning, for instance -- for another, such as Jerry Falwell-style damnation. Solnit is interested in how people act in the aftermath, for better and for worse.