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christopher-cudworth's picture
Mar.28.2014
If we admit that we love having access to all kinds of things to buy and sell, then we love capitalism. The alternatives have proven to be somewhat sketchy and unproven. Socialism exists in plenty of places around the globe, and it works alright in some ways. Yet capitalism seems to be the most...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Mar.28.2014
If we admit that we love having access to all kinds of things to buy and sell, then we love capitalism. The alternatives have proven to be somewhat sketchy and unproven. Socialism exists in plenty of places around the globe, and it works alright in some ways. Yet capitalism seems to be the most...
bob-mustin's picture
Mar.04.2014
I'm starting to look on P&W with more than a touch of whimsy these days. Maybe that's because I've grown as a writer, or maybe I've grown more ornery as I've aged. Still, much of what the mag has to offer  makes me smile crookedly where it used to inform. Of course, P&W is still a...
orna-b-raz's picture
Oct.27.2013
Although women’s education is not the main theme of Woody Allen’s movie Blue Jasmine, it is an important leitmotif --serving both as a characterization  device and as a moving force of the plot. In the opening scene on the plane, the heroine Jasmine tells the unfortunate lady who happens to...
bob-mustin's picture
Oct.18.2013
I'm reposting this - after gussying it up a bit, because it's well, important, and I suspect there's something here that will lead us out of literature's wilderness.   This is something of a postscript on a previous post on a popular subset of postmodern literature, something you can find...
allan-goldstein's picture
Jul.10.2012
            A weariness besets the world.  America drifts, Europe crumbles, China slows, markets everywhere are tired and broken.  A sort of nervous exhaustion stalks societies, our problems feel bigger than our solutions.  ...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Feb.06.2012
  February 6   THE THRONG     The more people I meet, the more vehemently I do not believe in God.  The tidal wave of human ignorance hits me and the sheer and repetitive force of it is more than my single souled craft can bear.  Cyclical, coincidental tragedy coupled...
chris-dee's picture
Sep.08.2011
There is a reason the Renaissance began in Italy—and a reason I chose Rome, Florence, Venice and Fiesole to be the setting for much of Catwoman’s origin story Cattitude.  The Dark Ages were a bleak time to be alive.  The Medieval Church painted a picture of human beings as corrupt and...
farzana-versey's picture
May.10.2011
The supra-cynics have taken over, scrawling invisible graffiti on invisible walls so that they can say, “Look Ma, no hands." It’s a twisted turn. The cynic is now the one considered politically correct. Those hailing the halo are seeing themselves as anti-establishment because they are...
farzana-versey's picture
Feb.13.2011
Everyone wants to fall in love. It is like something on call. An over-the-counter drug. A beauty product to improve your skin. (My god, look at that glow!) And it is based entirely on demand and supply. So spaketh I, over 12 years ago. The reaction from those who don’t know me was “Bloody...