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“A lesson about the stones that wait to rise in our hearts”: A Review of John Guzlowski’s Echoes of Tattered Tongues

by Eric Kroczek My first encounter with a John Guzlowski poem was as desultory as anything in life: I was eating a solitary dinner and barely listening to the news on the local public radio station one evening after work … Continue reading

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Against Provocation: a Roundabout Response to John Sanford Friedrich

by Eric Kroczek On Inauguration Day 2017, a meme was born. Actually many memes were born that day, but the ones I’m thinking of featured noted white supremacist Richard B. Spencer getting punched in the jaw as he was giving … Continue reading

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Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland, reviewed by Eric Kroczek

The most remarkable thing about Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland is that it was published four and a half years ago, before Barack Obama was elected president, before the Tea Party, before Occupy. Otherwise you might be forgiven for thinking that Perlstein … Continue reading

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Gary Johnson: Pro and Con

Before I was a leftist, I was a libertarian. I voted for the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in my first three U.S. general elections—1988, 1992, and 1996—and in 2000, I voted for George W. Bush, one of only 18 people … Continue reading

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War, Resistance, and the Birth of the Surveillance State

Reviewed: To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914-1918. By Adam Hochschild (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). * “Neither race had won, nor could win, the War. The War had won, and would go on winning.” … Continue reading

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“The Good War?” by Eric Kroczek

Discussed in this essay:  Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. By Timothy Snyder (New York: Basic Books, 2010). Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization. By Nicholson Baker (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008). “Why … Continue reading

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