Danny Duncan Collum, a Sojourners contributing writer, teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is the author of the novel White Boy.
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Going to X-Tremes
It's tough to be a conspiracy nut these days, because the conspiratorial worldview has gone positively mainstream. Nobody's sure anymore who's a nut and who's not.
Are PBS and Cable Like Cain and Abel?
It was inevitable that our de facto federal ministry of culture would be among the first and most visible targets when Newt Gingrich, the Trotsky of the Hard Right, took the House.
Nature and Grace
America Circles the Wagons
After 25 years missing and presumed dead, the Western movie genre has enjoyed an amazing resurrection in the past few years.
For Whom Crime Pays
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The Little Train That Couldn't
In 1936, Charlie Chaplin made one of the very last silent films, Modern Times.
An American Story
As this is written, The Great Depression - produced by Henry Hampton's Blackside Inc., the team behind the epochal Eyes on the Prize series - has just started its four-week run
"Pushing the Envelope" Doesn't Deliver
Reflections at the beginning of a new year of television
What the World Needs Is a 20 Cent Coke
Last month this magazine ran a couple of articles on consumerism and mall culture.
Labeling Violence for What It Is
The new fall television season is upon us. And with it for the first time comes the advent of network warning "labels" on violent entertainment programming.
That Was The Year That Wasn't
As this is written we're surrounded by 1968. It seems to be the 25th anniversary of everything--from the assassinations and the riots to the White Album.
The Revelation will not be Televised
Bourgeois in the U.S.A.
The closed-circle culture of country music
When All the World Is a Stage
The President and pop-culture
Old Nightmares in the New Europe
IN WATCHING RECENT events in Germany, personal and historical tragedies have sometimes blurred together in my vision. The shocking wave of German neo-Nazi violence against foreigners and Jews (still rising at this writing), and the German government's immigration policy concessions to xenophobia, have appeared alongside news of the death of Social Democratic Party leader Willy Brandt and the tragic murder of Green Party founder Petra Kelly.
The picture that emerged from this blur was one of a shiny new dream dying, while old nightmares revived. Willy Brandt, who was chancellor of West Germany from 1969 to 1975, in many ways represented the best ideals and aspirations both of his generation of Germans and of the European democratic socialist tradition. Brandt was among the only postwar West German political leaders of his generation who had joined the underground opposition during the Nazi era.
Later, as postwar mayor of West Berlin, Brandt stood at the forefront of resistance to the new totalitarianism of the Communist East. Still, as chancellor, Brandt helped open the way for better relations between East and West. He believed that peaceful cooperation, not armed confrontation, was the key to unlocking the gates of the Berlin Wall.
See Ross Run
Ross Perot's influence on political systems
Davenport Tonight--The Couch, Not the Town
Entertainment Tonight as a news source
Tabloids and Taboos
Pictures and a Thousand Images
The role of the media in uprisings