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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The Harsh Soil of Occupation

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-1988

The Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank has raged for two months, with no signs of abating in the near future.

TV News in the Video Republic

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-1988

As the feel-good communitarians at U.S.A. Today would put it, "we" (i.e. Americans) are becoming more self-conscious and comfortable about our identity as the world's first video republic.

'New Thinking' for the Peace Movement

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-1988

In this month's feature report on events surrounding the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in December, Joyce Hollyday juxtaposes two events that resound with irony for the U.S.

Real War Stories

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-1988

The images in Real War Stories are as strong and memorable, and sometimes as graphic, as those in its reactionary counterparts.


by Danny Duncan Collum 02-01-1988

I am making an exception to trashing public television as an anti-democratic instrument for Bill Moyers. 

Labor's Public Image

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1988

These days, more and more workers in all sorts of circumstances are finding it hard to remember why anyone would have ever felt so passionately about a union affiliation.

The Crash of '87

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1988

On October 19,1987, the deal went down and the house of cards folded.

National Secrets

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-1987

"Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau is having a hard time in the Reagan era; reality keeps outstripping his wildest flights of satire.

The Gulf (Exxon, Texaco, etc.) War

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-1987

Why are we in the Persian Gulf? That's the question that is (or should be) on America's lips. It's a simple question.

Freedom of the Press

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-1987

"Freedom of the press belongs to the [person] who owns one."
--A.J. Liebling

A Dream of East-West Accord

An Interview with Jan Kavan

Another Bicentennial

by Danny Duncan Collum 10-01-1987

Yippee! It's another bicentennial, if your constitution can stand it.

Neither East Nor West

by Danny Duncan Collum 10-01-1987

We are often reminded by students of scripture that the biblical definition of peace, designated by the Hebrew word shalom, means a great deal more than the simple absence of military conflict or physical violence.

A Lethal Dose of Patriotism

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-1987

So far the story of the Iran-contra investigation has at least as much to do with what hasn't happened as what has.

Putting on Airs

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-1987

This past spring I went to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, again. Like millions of other Americans, I've got a thing about Elvis.

Twenty Minutes into the Future

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-1987

1984 is three years past, and the Brave New World is just 20 minutes into the future. That's where the computer-run and video-tranced world of ABC-TV's "Max Headroom" is located.

Morning in America

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-1987

It's morning in America. Our long national daydream is over. The worm, so to speak, has turned. The Reagan era is history.

The Gorbachev Opening

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-1987

According to the book of Ecclesiastes, there is no new thing under the sun. But at first glance, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev would seem to be proving the ancient sage wrong.


by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-1987

Poised at the brink of a new century, Americans are forging bravely into the past. Nostalgia is the order of the day. All the TV classics of the '50s and '60s are back in style.

To Tell the Truth

by Danny Duncan Collum, by Jim Rice 05-01-1987

Will the Real SDI Please Stand Up?