==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Russian writers on war ==== Anton Chekhov The Rook Translator unknown The rooks had arrived and swarmed in great circles around the …
The liberal wing of the Supreme Court, notably including swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, today made same-sex marriage legal in every state of the Union. Millions, gay and straight, rejoiced.
Writing the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy acknowledged that the Constitution says nothing about gay people, let alone gay marriage, because when it was written there was no visible gay population. Same-sex marriage was not an issue. Justice Kennedy explains:
The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and…
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My review of John Darnielle’s debut novel, Wolf in White Van, is up at NPR Books.
I have a new story out with Yalobusha Review, the literary magazine from the MFA program Ole Miss: “Ekphrasis.” It’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story, for you adventurous types.
I just sold an essay, “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity,” to the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Quarterly Journal.
Lastly, there’s a new speculative anthology in the works, Latino/a Rising, and their Kickstarter is running now! I’ll be contributing to the anthology, and I’ve also donated to the reward tiers. For a $200 pledge, you can get a manuscript critique/consultation from me or a number of other amazing writers. Donate today!
Dustin Hoffman is profoundly moved as he remembers and tells what he learned when he played the lead role in “Tootsie.” The video, recently surfaced and now gone viral, reveals how little men understood what it meant to be a woman 30 years ago. Playing a woman was of course challenging to Hoffman as an actor, but the experience also challenged his assumptions and attitudes that he had never questioned.
Playing Dorothy Michaels, Hoffman had an epiphany when he realized that his character wasn’t beautiful, and there was nothing he and his makeup artists could do about it. He would never have given Dorothy, his character, a second look, because he would have judged her exclusively by her looks. Hoffman is moved to tears when he thinks of how many fascinating women he never met or learned from or laughed with, because he was “brainwashed.” Watch the video after the…
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I haven’t interviewed O’Brien yet, so thrilled with this Thanks #OpManning for pointing it out.
Now that Bradley Manning has admitted to giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, the government insists his crimes are tantamount to support for al-Qaida and international terrorism. These leaks, I would like to suggest, are analogous to somebody violating a jaywalking law in an attempt to save a pedestrian from on oncoming Mac truck. Joining me today by phone from New York to discuss the wide area in between those two extremes is Alexa O’Brien. Alexa is a journalist, researcher, and social activist. She is a co-plaintiff, along with Christopher Hedges in the NDAA suit against the Obama administration trying to overturn the National Defense Authorization act, which states that US citizens can be indefinitely detained without charge or trial. She is currently investigating the Bradley Manning trial and the US government’s pursuit of WikiLeaks. And if you have read the 10,00 word plus transcript of Bradley Manning’s statement to the…
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By Ashley Fantz, CNN
(CNN) — It apparently takes more than a few good men, according to the U.S. Marine Corps. It takes all kinds of people to support military families, including same-sex spouses of service members.
CNN published a story this week about a woman married to a female lieutenant colonel at Fort Bragg who believes she was rejected from an officers’ spouse club because she’s gay. Late Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary advised Marine Corps legal staff such clubs conducting business on its bases must admit same-same spouses. If they do not, the clubs will be barred from meeting on any Marine Corps installation.
Ary wrote that clubs cannot discriminate against any member because of “race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, or national origin. We would interpret a spouse’s club’s decision to exclude a same-sex spouse as sexual discrimination because the exclusion was based upon the spouse’s…
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