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Check the Expiration Date on the Emancipation Proclimation

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

What few of us realized, however, was that somewhere down near the bottom of the original handwritten document, Abraham Lincoln had stamped, "Best If Used Before Jan. 1, 2003." Yep, 140 years after first proclaiming slavery illegal, the Emancipation Proclamation is set to expire. And as a result, slavery, once again, is going to be [&hellip
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An MTA Strike? Part II

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

They used to call themselves "Hell on Wheels"–and while that remains the name of their newsletter, they’ve since opted for the less openly threatening "New Directions." New Directions, to put it bluntly, is the radical wing of the TWU. Eladio Diaz, a New Directions executive board member, describes the group this way: "We’re an organization [&hellip
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Wisconsin Death Trip Wisconsin Death Trip directed by …

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

When Michael Lesy’s thesis-turned-cult classic Wisconsin Death Trip was published in 1973, it was quite unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. It doesn’t sound like much–just a collection of old photographs taken around Black River Falls, WI, between 1885 and 1899–coupled with news clippings from the local paper. But the photographs–of farmers, uncomfortable-looking families, [&hellip
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An MTA Strike?

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Among their strategies, the TWU hired hard-nosed labor consultant Ray Rogers (who recently led the union fight against Hormel), and asked union members to distribute a million fliers around the city, which explain how the MTA is bilking commuters–and workers–out of millions, while they themselves are pulling in record profits. "The transit system is the [&hellip
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Dreamland

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Still, though, I remain one of those awful, awful people who tries to write down those dreams I still remember after getting out of the shower in the morning. I never really do anything with them, rarely share them with anyone–just type them up and leave them there, for what reason I have no idea. [&hellip
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A Conversation with Lee Stringer

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Books, Posts

Wise Counsel Before Lee Stringer’s first book–Grand Central Winter–came out in 1998, his publisher, as most all publishers do, sent copies of the galleys around to other established and well-known writers, in the hopes of getting a blurb or two to slap on the back cover. It’s a peculiar and very contrived activity, this blurbage, [&hellip
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