civil war

V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013

Book Bite

Four on the Fourth

The American story in fact and fiction

Short Nights of the Shadow Hunter: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Four writers tackle four recent books that explore our multifaceted nation.
V.21 No.34 |


The Daily Word in levees holding (or not), GOP platform-ogling and unexploded ordinance

The Daily Word

New Orleans' flood control system is so far fully operational in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

But southeast of the city, Plaquemines parish is experiencing a serious levee breach.

The International Space Station's view of the massive storm.

Some chilling phrasing from Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Parents in the state will have to cite more specific reasons if they don't want their kids immunized for school.

One key element of the new Republican Party platform: the embrace of dark money.

Compare other elements of today's GOP stance to that of 1980.

The government has a new means of ignoring the Fourth Amendment.

Dispatches from a year spent in a "failing" school.

"What a bore," said Ray Bradbury upon learning the FBI had been investigating him.

Taking money away from hospitals that treat undocumented immigrants.

The perks of being Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Paris of the mind is preferable to the real thing."

Digital portraiture of Civil War-era Washington, D.C.

The long-term legacy of WWII bombing in Europe.

V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

Alibi Picks

¡Cumpleaños Feliz!

El Camino Real International Heritage Center, a six-year-old state monument sandwiched between Socorro and T or C, is turning back the clock a few years—OK, like 150—to get a glimpse of the early years. Saturday's Centennial Kickoff commemorates New Mexico's 100th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in New Mexico. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the monument gets all living history on us as Civil War re-enactors demonstrate what life might have been like during the bloodiest battle on American soil, including a staging of the Battle of Canada Alamosa. Admission is $5, free for children 16-and-under and U.S. military veterans. For more, call the center at (575) 854-3600 or visit

V.20 No.15 | 4/14/2011
I love a man in uniform.

Film Review

The Conspirator

True-life historical drama teaches, preaches, with lots of speeches

The Conspirator is one of those terribly well-intentioned films that crops up every so often, courting Oscar bonhomie and preaching to the choir of progressive-minded audience members. Like tomato juice, it’s probably quite good for you—but it’s not much of a treat
V.19 No.51 |

The Daily Word 12.25.10: Christmas edition

The Daily Word

Let's get this out of the way.

Horribly trippy Christmas: How can he be saved?

Don Cherry visited Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

Whadya mean "who's Don Cherry?"

Of course Santa didn't rob the local bar!

This model said she "would really like to do beer advertising." She was found dead at the Busch mansion last weekend.

Suspected wikileaker Bradley Manning is fucked.

Frank Bessac died earlier this month.

147 year old message from Confederate commander to Confederate general finally decoded: "I can't help you...."

Round up of the ten stupidest fast food inventions this year. Well, nine. I don't think the McRib counts.

How can you be two places at once when you're not anywhere at all? That's America, buddy.

V.19 No.11 | 3/18/2010


“The Wound Dresser”

The great American poet Walt Whitman volunteered as an Army nurse during the Civil War. This poem captures the sentiments of nurses who have witnessed the battlefield.

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