Arts & Entertainment


“Sixteen Tons,” a novel about coal miners, invites us to rethink capitalism

"Sixteen Tons" represents violent behavior on all sides, urging us to reflect on the circumstances in our class culture that foster brutality.


"Pride" tells of solidarity vs. prejudice, winning vs. losing

In 1984, a small group of London gays and lesbians collected money for the miners and taught a lesson of solidarity that everybody should memorize.


Book review: "Paul Robeson for Beginners"

A wonderful book that reveals and celebrates the life of an exceptional man who left a majestic and lasting legacy to the world.


Inspiring new ways in opera: A South African "Magic Flute"

Warning: This may be the only way you'll ever want to hear Mozart again!


Progressive cinema at Toronto Festival: An overview

Many festival films will never arrive at the big screens except at film festivals, cable TV, or maybe Netflix, but here are some to look for on cable TV or online.


Films from forbidden lands

People in the West rarely get to see films from North Korea, let alone Cuba or Vietnam. Film festivals are often the only source for cinema from the "forbidden" Communist countries.


Whose land? Interview with an objective Israeli filmmaker

Director Tamara Erde investigated both the Israeli and Palestinian public school systems, with access to teachers, students and administrators on both sides of the Wall.


New documentaries in Toronto

Documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival come from all corners of the globe, covering a wide range of subjects, and many are of interest to the progressive community.


“Standing in the Breach”: good politics and music from Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has released his 14th studio album. "Standing in the Breach" is the most political album in Browne's increasing leftward cultural and political career.


Review: Smiling through the Apocalypse, Esquire in the 60s

Esquire editor Harold Hayes was arguably to magazines what famous literary editor Maxwell Perkins (editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe) was to novels.

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