These Radical Black Thrillers Fantasized About Dismantling the Police

Though “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” was adapted into a film in 1973, Greenlee, like Jackson, published only one other novel: “Baghdad Blues,” in 1976. It follows a…

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Lonnie Wheeler, 68, Dies; Helped Ballplayers Tell Their Stories

Lonnie Wheeler, a sportswriter and columnist who collaborated with the Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson and Mike Piazza on their autobiographies, died on June 9 in Cincinnati….

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What Keeps America Divided? – The New York Times

In essence, “Let Them Eat Tweets” revisits the title question of Thomas Frank’s classic “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” Sixteen years after the publication of Frank’s book, the question he…

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Considering the American Voice – The New York Times

Irving Howe wrote for the Book Review about American literature — “moving from visions to problems, from ecstasy to trouble, from self to society” — on July 4, 1976. “Land…

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This Profile of Charlie Kaufman Has Changed

“I have a lot of things that could spark, but won’t,” he told me one of the first times we spoke. He spent nearly a decade seeking financing for a…

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Meet Vashti Harrison, Belle of the Best-Seller Lists

BIG LEADER Like any much sought after destination, the best-seller lists have regulars — authors who set up shop with a single title and essentially nurse the same cup of…

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