Arts & Entertainment


Herbert Aptheker biography is political narrative of remarkable man

Murrell paints a vivid, detailed picture of Aptheker's political life and for this he should be commended.


Today in history: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma born in 1955

Among his many distinctions are the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Hispanic Heritage Month: A Costa Rican poet honors Carlos Bulosan

Carlos Sampayan Bulosan (1913-1956) was a class-conscious English-language Filipino novelist and poet.


Today in history: Alberto Moravia died in 1990

In the same year Italian writer Alberto Moravia died in his Rome apartment at 82, his autobiography, "Vita di Moravia" was published.


"Labor’s Home Front": the AFL in World War II

The history of labor during wartime is an enticing subject, the history of labor during World War II especially so.


Today in history: Writer Ken Kesey born in 1935

Kesey is best remembered for his novels "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"and"Sometimes a Great Notion."


Today in history: Critic, playwright, Brecht translator Eric Bentley born

As Eric Bentley turns 99 and enters his 100th year, he is recognized as America's oldest living playwright.


Today in history: "BaddDDD" black poet Sonia Sanchez is born

Since the 1970s Sanchez has published a steady stream of poetry books and plays.


“Lincoln for Beginners”: illustrated biography of a gradualist radical

Whole libraries are dedicated to the study of Lincoln; Buhle's synopsis, reflecting all the warts and charm of his subject, might a good place to begin.


Artists to link up Sept. 26 for world peace and justice

In Oakland, Cassandra Lopez and the We Tell Our Stories Film Collective will be contributing to the event with their documentary.

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