Thursday, December 8, 2016

Resources for December 8, 2016

"I am a psychological and historical structure. Along with existence, I received a way of existing, or a style. All of my actions and thoughts are related to this structure, and even a philosopher's thought is merely a way of making explicit his hold upon the world, which is all he is. And yet, I am free, not in spite of or beneath these motivations, but rather by their means. For that meaningful life, that particular signification of nature and history that I am, does not restrict my access to the world; it is rather my communication with it." -- Maurice Merlau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception: quoted by Sarah Bakewell in At the Existentialist Cafe, 229.

Belafonte, Harry and Noam Chomsky. "Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the KKK, Rebellious Hearts & More." Democracy Now (December 7, 2016) ["On Monday, over 2,000 people packed into Riverside Church in Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! It was an historic occasion in part because it marked the first time Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte appeared on stage together in conversation. The two have been longtime champions of social justice. Chomsky is a world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author who gained fame in the 1960s for his critique of the Vietnam War and U.S. imperialism. He is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years. Harry Belafonte is a longtime civil rights activist who was an immensely popular singer and actor. He was one of Martin Luther King’s closest confidants and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963."]

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "One Crazy Summer." Junk Food Cinema (August 11, 2016)

Dotson, Jared and David Hart. "Match Point and Classism." Pop Culture Case Study #163 (August 11, 2016)

Emmons, Alex. "Breakfast of Torturers: A Former CIA Psychologist Promotes His Memoir." Democracy Now (December 6, 2016)

Robb, David. "The Trial Of Haskell Wexler: Before His Death, The Great Cinematographer Stood Accused By His Union." Deadline (December 7, 2016)

Reigler, Susan. "Vanishing Acts: What's Missing from Bourbon Labels." LEO Weekly (September 7, 2016)

Williams, Jumaane. "Housing Advocate: It's Scary That Trump HUD Secretary Pick Ben Carson Thinks Poverty is a Choice." Democracy Now (December 7, 2016) ["Donald Trump has picked retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Trump picked Carson even though the doctor has no experience in housing or urban policy. Last month, Carson told The Washington Post, "Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly." For more, we speak with Jumaane Williams, New York city councilmember for District 45 and chair of the city’s Housing and Buildings Committee. He has spent much of his career fighting for affordable housing."]

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