The Common Good

Articles By Danny Duncan Collum

The poet, musician, author (and senior citizen) keeps it real- and keeps it coming.
The war on the war on Christmas
Appalachian-influenced music with a modern twist: Zoe Speaks.
Who will control the stories we tell-and who gets to see them?
On the first anniversary of Katrina, New Orleans is grateful for the kindness of strangers, but worried about those levees.
'Prairie Home Companion' hits prime time.
Neil Young's Living With War reopens the channel between artist and audience.
As newspapers die a slow death, can cable, radio, and the Web really provide serious, independent news?
Members and associates of Holy Family Catholic Church in Natchez, the first African-American parish in Mississippi, played an integral role in the civil rights movement.
For the next 54 years, Anne Braden was a solid citizen of 'the other America.'
'You deserve a break today' can be a pretty appealing proposition.
The 'Triple-A' music format comes with a nice fit, but only for a few.
If democracy is to be more than a slogan, everyone must have access to the Internet.
Can we get spin-free public TV?
Child rearing, never an easy endeavour, has become in many ways a countercultural activity.
What do we believe when all social restraints are off?
Can democracy survive without an adversarial press?
The suffering and salvation of New Orleans.
My life among conservative Christians.
Colonizing the last commercial-free slice of the broadcast spectrum.
The particular truth of the North Mississippi Allstars.
Buddy Miller's music sings louder than words.
Ossie Davis, Arthur Miller, and the common good.
Aaron McGruder rages against the machine.
I Yam What I Yam
I always had a soft spot for Wal-Mart.
Turning on to life by turning off the box.
An interview with Paul Elie on faith, writing, and the "School of the Holy Ghost."
Wright was a political activist, but his loyalty was to his art.
Bruce Springsteen as singer, guitarist - and statesman.
How faith and a newspaper transformed a Mississippi community.
Old-time country music is the new punk rock.
It's the stuff the mainstream mass media won't tell you.
Race and politics in 2004.
Copyright laws choke the commingling streams of King Lear, Iggy Pop, and "Louie Louie."
We want Hooterville and Manhattan.
The 'adult' standards of cable have seeped into the groundwater of broadcast television.
If we get the heroes we deserve, then Pete Rose may just be the man for America today.
Mark Lombardi tried to visualize the spirit of his age.
Sam Phillips spread the blues, broke racial barriers - and left a mixed legacy.
The beer-commercial sensibility of deliberate, cultivated empty-headedness is pervasive.
Today rock dozes comfortably in the belly of the beast.
A political realignment in this country isn't possible until we heal the cultural breach that afflicts us.
There's been a resurgence of entertaining protest - or, at least, protesting entertainers.
The Mekons: Part of the chain of holy warriors.
The high cost of corporate radio.
Philip Morris is the public face of American tobacco.
As this is written, rescue workers are still separating the bodies from the bamboo after the terrorist bombing of a nightclub in Bali.