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Daniel Garrett

Daniel Garrett, born in Louisiana and a longtime resident of New York, a graduate of the New School for Social Research, is a writer of prose and poetry. His work has appeared in American Book Review, Anything That Moves, Art & Antiques, The Audubon Activist, Black American Literature Forum, The City Sun, Emerge, The Humanist, Option, The Quarterly Black Review of Books, Rain Taxi, and World Literature Today. He is the founder of the Cultural Politics Discussion Group (1989-1993), which took as its motto, "knowledge, discourse, friendship, and social responsibility," and explored art, books, film, music, philosophy, and politics. "I live the life of a single man, an artist, and a worker, and I think that the intellectual's fundamental responsibility is the making, unmaking, and remaking of his own mind," he says. Garrett admires the work of Anton Chekhov, Henry James, and Rainer M. Rilke. "I love and believe in literature," he says. "For all human beings, time and death are the eternal rhyme, but literature is the place where dream and reality meet, where past, present, and future meet, and literature, almost alone, stands a chance of outliving death," he concludes. (Garrett has written a novel, Heroes and Friends, yet unpublished, and has just written a play, An Enemy of the President.)

Diana Ross, The Motown Anthology

"Nothing cures like time and love," is a lyric from the Laura Nyro song that begins the new Diana Ross Motown Anthology, a two-disc collection of million-selling popular songs and unreleased songs.

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Lust and Strength: Learning to Love the Questions

An appreciation of the band Kitchens of Distinction

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Lauryn Hill, Unplugged

"Every single song is about me first," says a plainly clothed Lauryn Hill to her audience, as recorded on her new Unplugged, a live acoustic performance broadcast by MTV.

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Tupac Shakur, Until the End of Time

Tupac Shakur’s legacy of poetry, rap, passion, politics, and scatology continues with the recent release of Until the End of Time, a collection of raps originally recorded during his "Makaveli" period.

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The Essential Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand has been one of the most distinguished singers of the last four decades.

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Show, Don’t Tell

Americans are like two-year olds—
dazzled—
by bright pictures
of apples, dollars, guns, cars,
breasts and testicles.

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The Inner Life and the Social World in the Work of James Baldwin

What unified Baldwin’s vision and made him unique were his great intelligence and his great passion; they informed, reflected, and expressed each other.

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