"Wisconsin Rising tells the story of how Wisconsin became a testing ground for the nation in a political environment where corporations have greater and greater clout and ordinary citizens are losing their ability to obtain redress. At a time when millions of families are feeling the crush of debt and joblessness, and while large corporations are seeing record profits, Badger State residents are demonstrating the strength that comes from a shared sense of identity and pride, and that these bonds can shake even the most powerful political machines. This film will be a testimony to the...
This week, with a nod to the onrushing holiday, and various freight trains of dread barreling down the track at us, I want to take a break from the usual concerns and talk about something else: why Hollywood exemplifies our worst collective blunder of the historical moment: our techno-narcissism.
I went to the cineplex at the mall late yesterday afternoon - also a break, after a month of moving and shlepping to another house - to see the new Martin Scorcese movie, Hugo. The story told is a sort of frame for an homage to one of the pioneers or movie-making, Georges Méliès, a French "illusionist" (magician) who made over...
Charles Eisenstein's book "Sacred Economics" was reviewed in the Fall 2011 print edition of The Vermont Commons. According to our reviewer, the book:
"lays out a comprehensive plan for redefining money in accordance with ecological realities and the deep human longing for connection, meaning, and purpose. Building on theorists as diverse as Aristotle, Henry George, John Maynard Keynes, and Silvio Gesell (who devised a system of demurrage or negative-interest money a century ago), Eisenstein proposes a number of innovations and policy shifts he claims can guide a relatively orderly transition to a localized,...
Would the end of the New York Times be such a big deal?
This is the provocative question at the heart of director Andrew Rossi's compelling new documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times.”
Forget for a moment that the New York Times, far from being a “liberal”...
22) The Ballad of Ladder Five ©
By James Roland Hogue
Copyright 2003 James R. Hogue
Illustrations by Rick Powell
On the tenth of September they passed the brew,
They passed the cards and smokes.
“Deuces to open,” he barked to the crew,
And he dealt the cards and the jokes.
“What d'ya know's got four legs and an arm?”...
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A Month in the Country
At the centre of this tangled web of unsatisfactory relationships is Natalya Petrovna, an attractive, cultured middle-aged woman who feels trapped in her passionless marriage to affable but dull estate owner Arkady. After years of receiving the attentions of her lapdog” admirer Michel, she falls in love with her son’s new, youthful tutor Aleksey. But since he is also loved by her teenage ward Vera the sometimes farcical intrigues seem destined to end in tears. Like Chekhov, the greatest quality in Turgenev’s drama is his refusal to morally judge his protagonists, allowing us to see all their different points of view with broad sympathy...
This interview was conducted by Robin Lloyd and Rob Williams at the Greensboro home of Bread and Puppet Theater's Peter and Elka Schumann, and appears in our summer Vermont Commons 2011 print issue.
Robin Lloyd: Why did the two of you originally come to Vermont?
Peter Schumann: We looked at a map of all the states and we went with our finger, like a pendulum, over the map and it stopped in Vermont. It was like dowsing. (laughter)
Elka Schumann: In our first...