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"At some point it became clear that the rest of the world wasn’t following suit in de-industrializing or adopting non-violence. Most people who learned of Tolstoy Farm had reactions to it ranging from disgust to mockery."
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Need a gift for an avid reader or a writer? We've got you covered — but first, coffee:
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"The exercise of power, then, means not dominating an external world but weaving yourself into a web of relationships in such a way that those around you begin making choices that take your wants and desires into account."
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"I put on a light blue sundress, and wore my hair in two braids across my head. I didn’t understand anything about seduction — and I shouldn’t have had to — but I did think the way to a man’s heart was in the costume of a nymphet."
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Documentary filmmaker and Khmer Rouge survivor confronts Duch, the commandant of the Cambodia killing fields and one of the most notorious torturers of the 20th century: "The only words he had left were lies."
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"Hunt offered Toñita $14,000 to move and she said 'Hell no! I’m going to stay and fight until the end.' She is like our spiritual figurehead... You’d have to be like Toñita and say 'Hell no, this is my home...' She was here since 1965."
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Even though Raeburn has sat on a script for the past 40 years, a script he co-wrote with Baldwin and one that features new characters and dialogue, and is one of the final remaining works of Baldwin’s legacy, he is still in a holding pattern.
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Rugwed Damle 6h
Fake celebrity interviews have been around for years, but Germany has seemingly become one of the largest exports. A Superb piece of longform writing by | and
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As he got older, he preferred the radio to be off, regardless of a trip’s distance. “Just like to hear myself think,” he’d say.
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"We sat by the TV, on couches that sagged under the sudden weight, and listened. On December 27th, we were all there when my father let out a soft cry."
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"The illusion looms particularly large in the international press, which has always had less access to Hollywood, which is also the reason the illusion can be so readily maintained."
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"The Factory was like a medieval court of lunatics. You pledged allegiance to the king — King Warhol. Yet there was oddly no hierarchy. Warhol was also one of us. He accepted the responsibility. He accepted the insanity."
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Nicole Əntēbī 7h
This year I’ve thought a lot about what it means to bear witness, especially along the border when that is all you can do. My illustrated interview with David Romo about the City of El Paso’s relentless plan to erase its oldest barrio is featured at Longreads today:
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"So nothing happened and the City and developers got away with it. Nothing happened. So not only did they violate a court order. The court that was really pissed off it couldn’t do anything. But, we’re still here somehow."
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Matt Giles 8h
Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk isn't the 1st James Baldwin adaptation. For , I spoke w/ Michael Raeburn, whose collab w/ Baldwin in '78 to adapt Giovanni's Room would've starred Brando & De Niro, & why the script may never be filmed.
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"Swain inhabited one of the most misunderstood child abuse victims in literature, and with that she also inhabited all the viewers’ rape fantasies about her. Lyne’s Lolita didn’t just sanction those fantasies, it built a beautiful stage for them."
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Baldwin approached Raeburn to adapt his most beloved novel into a screenplay in 1978. “There are other ways we can love each other, why don’t you do a screenplay of Giovanni’s Room?,” Raeburn recalls.
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Nicole Antebi interviews historian David Dorado Romo about the fight to preserve the oldest barrio in from the City itself:
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"I thought I was the powerful one when an adult man, someone my father’s age, stopped to watch me saunter down the sidewalk. I thought I was intimidating, hard to catch, not easy, like prey." Lacy Warner
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