Jonah Raskin, professor emeritus at Sonoma State University, is the author of 14 books, including biographies of Jack London, Allen Ginsberg, and Abbie Hoffman.
A new World War II documentary follows the lives of three GIs as they battle antisemitism, and also the Nazis
From Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann’ to Netflix’s ‘Transatlantic,’ will we ever stop being entertained by fascism?
Joyceans around the world would argue that the Dubliner is the best Jew in literature
A trip through American history with ’60s historian Harvey Wasserman
Julia Lovell explores a weird and enduring political legacy in her new book, ‘Maoism’
Legal challenges from city activists have thrown sand in the gears of the university’s expansion plans for the historic People’s Park
A conflict over the future of a historic Berkeley park reopens an old battle between radical city activists and expansion-minded university officials
A visit to Alcatraz provides a timely reminder that there is no popular movement to end the national disgrace of America’s treatment of native peoples
In his roiling narcissism, prophetic insight, personal misdeeds, refusal to acknowledge change in himself and in American society, and his habit of putting things in boxes, Jack Nusan Porter speaks for a generation of radical Jews and all the contradictions inherent in their situation
The owner of Bubby’s restaurant in Manhattan rides a wave of legalization and innovation to make weed as delicious as dessert
Anti-Asian violence in California is nothing new—just ask Mark Twain. But the current wave of beatings and killing is also a harbinger of something larger.
On the edge of the continent, renaming public schools
‘At the age of 78, when I should have accepted my past and the things I have done, I find it challenging to write candidly about my own experiences with anti-Semitism’
Does California still have space for dreamers and freaks?
It’s payback time in America, in Aaron Sorkin’s flawed new ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’
‘When the voices of citizens are muffled they use their bodies and go into the streets’
How I sat out the Vietnam War in an English department in Manchester, England, only to come home to another battle in New York
WPA artist Victor Arnautoff’s murals get the woke treatment in San Francisco