In 1934, brothers Dizzy and Daffy Dean were stars of Major League Baseball’s regular season and World Series. Following their St. Louis Cardinals’ victory over the Detroit Tigers in the Series’ seventh and deciding game, the pair joined a 14-game barnstorming tour in which they competed against the best African American baseball teams in the country—including the Kansas City Monarchs.
Premiering in 1971, winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and off-Broadway Obie awards for best American play, The House of Blue Leaves is John Guare’s most popular and arguably most important work.
Merriam-Webster has thrown its considerable weight behind the use of “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun, expanding its dictionary definition and then proclaiming “they” the 2019 Word of the Year. Traditionalists and other critics argue: miscarriage of meaning!
A 17-year-old African American is found hanging from a swing set in the middle of an all-white trailer park in North Carolina. Police quickly declare it a suicide—despite doubts by family members and questionable circumstances.
Could the 2014 tragedy have been a lynching? Do they remain a modern-day occurrence?
Arguments in the divisive right-to-die debate range from legal to spiritual, ethical, and social. Longtime public radio host and podcaster Diane Rehm found her position and voice—in favor of laws allowing the terminally ill to end their lives with medical assistance—with the 2014 death of her husband.
In a discussion of her memoir Smacked, former New York Times business columnist Eilene Zimmerman looks at the troubling pervasiveness of drug addiction in such high-pressure, white-collar professions as law, finance, and technology – a discovery she made after the stunning, drug-induced death of her former husband.
Jeannie Vanasco was a sophomore in college when she was sexually assaulted by one of her closest friends from high school. Still haunted by the incident 14 years later, she wondered: Did he think about that night, as well? How had he processed what he’d done? Was he remorseful? She managed to track him down, and called …