Archive: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

How Cinema Influences the Memoir "Stitches"

David Small, an illustrator of rare talent, has created a visual memoir about his dark upbringing. "Stitches" tells the tale of Small's transformation into a virtual mute following an operation for throat cancer when he was 14. Before his illness, Small had been subjected to repeated x-rays by his radiologist...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 9, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

German Writer Herta Mueller Wins 2009 Nobel Prize

Sorry, Joyce, not this year. Despite recent pro-American comments by a member of the Nobel literature prize, writers in the United States failed again to win the world's most prestigious award. Instead, the Nobel Prize for Literature went to a Romanian-born novelist and poet named Herta Mueller. The winner of...

By Ron Charles | October 8, 2009; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (7)

Muslim Middle Class at Odds With Extremism

A Palestinian man sells sweets as Palestinians prepare for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr at a market in Gaza City last September. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) The Muslim future lies in the rising middle class not in extremist fundamentalism. So argues Vali Nasr, professor of international politics at the Fletcher...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 8, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

Era of Washington Harrumphing

President Bush meets with his speechwriting staff. Matt Latimer is seated on the couch, to the left of the President. (The White House) Matt Latimer, former speechwriter for President Bush, is getting the back of the hand from his one-time colleagues in the administration because of his memoir, "Speech-less:...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 7, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Guns and Democracy

The intent of the second amendment right to bear arms has come under debate since health reform protesters showed up with guns at town hall meetings last month. We asked Joshua Horwitz, a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and executive director of the Coalition...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 6, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (58)

Protecting Free Speech in the Digital Age

Who should control the Internet? Author Dawn Nunziato says regulators are at a crossroads in determining the future of online communications. Nunziato, a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School, is author of "Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age," published by Stanford...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 5, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)


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