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Capitalism

Elaine Fowler Palencia Rattle
Illinois poet Elaine Fowler Palencia reveals one of the great secrets of evangelical capitalism, duping the consumer.

Class and Inequality: The Classroom in Crisis

Victoria Baena Boston Review
Education is struggle. Of the books under review, one shows community college students pioneering reading methods and expanding canons that came late to the Ivies. The second looks at a key figure in the African American intellectual tradition.

On Salt and The Impossible Pursuit of Food Sanctity

Alicia Kennedy From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy
Alicia Kenned who writes a weekly newsletter on food culture, politics, and media, says it’s no exaggeration that nostalgia can drive our food lives or that watching how someone salts their food tells quite a bit about their entire cooking philosophy

Happy Hour

Jerry Dyer
California poet Jerry Dyer captures the crazy rush for the good old days: “voices mix wisdom with the lies./ Bars are filling their pulpits and their pews.”

United States of Amnesia. The Tulsa Massacre

Eric Foner London Review of Books
A noted historian digs deep into the latest work by an equally eminent scholar who spent much of his career fruitfully exposing the 1921 massacre of thousands of black Tulsa citizens. The book and the review coincided with the mass-murder’ centennial

The Kremlin Letters

Jonathan Steele The Guardian
This newly published edition of this exchange of letters between the leaders of the three major countries of the anti-fascist alliance sheds new light on an almost forgotten aspect of the World War II years.