This wasn’t drunk talk. It was a serious, scary plan—and a sign of what’s to come.
David Masciotra is the author of five books, including I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Mellencamp: American Troubadour (University Press of Kentucky, 2015). He has written about politics, music, and literature for many publications, including Salon, the Progressive, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches at Indiana University Northwest.
Decorated Marine, Cabinet official, U.S. Senator, and now presidential candidate, James Webb has somehow found the time to write books, and they say a lot about him.
John Cougar Mellencamp took his own struggles and made them into music relevant to everybody.
Once one of the nation’s best cultural critics, West has ditched his intellectual chops and embraced the role of public personality recycling the same sound bites.
You don’t have to buy Chomsky’s ideas wholesale to recognize that his often outrageous critiques of American democracy and capitalism usually hit their targets.
What happens after ‘happily ever after’? Here’s a Buddhist-inspired show that looks at lust honestly, questions marriage, and explores the emptiness at the heart of our lives.
Fourteen years after leaving the stage and studio, he’s back. And this time, the guy who ‘eats too much, is lazy, and loves to play music’ is taking his fight to the machines.
The civil rights leader has had a rough decade, but his campaigns for president paved the way for Barack Obama and brought about a better, more inclusive America.
Rage, despair, and confusion trail in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. Here’s a reading list that exposes the deep roots in U.S. history that produces such tragedy.
The armies of soft philistinism are on the march and eager to ditch traditional literature instruction in favor of more utilitarian approaches. To the barricades!