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Now for Something Completely Different

Now for Something Completely Different

Mar 21 2011

Now in West Africa for a month with an IRP reporting fellowship, and just getting my bearings in Mali’s capital with a…

Reporting on Civil War in the Mediterranean

Reporting on Civil War in the Mediterranean

Mar 07 2011

An amazing exhibit at the International Center for Photography in New York captures the images of three photojournalists as they peered through…

Patti Smith and Mari Sandoz, Kindred Spirits

Patti Smith and Mari Sandoz, Kindred Spirits

Jan 18 2011

In her wonderful memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith honors inspiration she gained from another writer during her formative time living in the…

WPA Guide Appreciators week continues

WPA Guide Appreciators week continues

Jan 11 2011

While we’re on the topic of people who value the WPA guides, here’s a post by El Prez about his battered copy…

Oklahoma lawyer and the WPA guide

Oklahoma lawyer and the WPA guide

Jan 08 2011

I’m curious about this blog, Oklahoma DUI Lawyer, and why a recent post features a 1986 reprint of the WPA guide to…

De Niro Art Goes Back to the WPA

De Niro Art Goes Back to the WPA

Jan 03 2011

Actor Robert De Niro’s parents were both artists with the WPA in New York in the 1930s when the arts program helped…

New Deal Arts After the Election

New Deal Arts After the Election

Dec 21 2010

Last month I joined a group at the FDR Memorial Library in Hyde Park, NY, which hosted a discussion of the New…

Powerful Woman from East Side: Anzia Yezierska

Powerful Woman from East Side: Anzia Yezierska

Dec 07 2010

Anzia Yezierska paved the way for great storytellers like Grace Paley, who read Yezierska’s stories and novels of Jewish immigrant life as…

Richard Wright, 50 Years On

Richard Wright, 50 Years On

Nov 28 2010

Fifty years ago today, Richard Wright died in Paris, just over 50 years old. From a poor sharecropping family in Mississippi, he…

Big Night for Soul of a People

Big Night for Soul of a People

Nov 24 2010

Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story took home multiple awards from the Peer Awards ceremony recently. The awards, given by the…