More than 200 years ago, the poet Wordsworth observed that “getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” Today, “getting and spending” remains a fixation, and we are inundated in ways that Wordsworth could never have imagined.
The fall of the Berlin Wall was one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. It happened suddenly on the evening of November 9, 1989 when thousands of East Germans decided to take history into their own hands and pour over the border into the West. Although the Soviet Union wouldn’t disintegrate for […]
The artist Hasan Elahi was detained in the aftermath of 9/11 and subjected to six months of questioning by the FBI. Elahi comes from Bangladesh, and the FBI was very interested in his travel itineraries. Eventually, after a harrowing series of interrogations, the FBI released him. But Elahi retaliated by providing the FBI – and […]
– by guest writer John Feffer – Washington is well known for its revolving door. One day Dick Cheney is vice president. The next day he’s a talking head on a Sunday morning news show lobbing verbal grenades at the new president. Who knows: even at the age of 72, he might return to a […]
“DC is just one big ladder. The higher you climb, the fewer people that can s**t on you.”
Republican firebrand Newt Gingrich is known for his dramatic flourishes, whether the Contract with America from 1994 or his more recent proposal to colonize the Moon. During this primary season, he has been on stage at press conferences, Republican debates, and numerous campaign events. Soon, in a drama only partly of his own making, he’ll […]
– John Feffer is a funny guy who is engaged in the somber business of writing and lecturing on foreign policy. But three years ago, he tried something new and stepped onto a Fringe stage with his original play, Krapp’s Last Power Point. He’s been back every year since. This year, he brings us The Bird.-