The second African-American to win a Rhodes Scholarship, John Edgar Wideman is the author of 11 novels, including most recently Two Cities. He has also written four short-story collections and is a widely published essayist and social critic.
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John Waters has made 15 films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, Pecker, and most recently, Cecil B. DeMented. He has also done some acting. Learn more about John Waters by visiting the Internet Movie Database and his faculty page at the European Graduate School.
Studs Terkel authored over two dozen books, including: Hard Times, Working, RACE, The Good War (which won a Pulitzer), Coming of Age, My American Century, and The Great Divide.
Robert Stone has written five novels, including the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers. Learn about him in his own words by reading this interview with Salon.
Columbia University history professor Simon Schama’s books include The Embarassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Cultures in the Golden Age (1987); Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989); Dead Certainties (1991); Landscape and Memory (1995); and Rembrandt’s Eyes (1999). He has also been an art critic for New Yorker Magazine.
Film auteur John Sayles has written 26 films, half of which he also directed. His films include Eight Men Out, Passion Fish, and, most recently, Limbo. He has also acted in over 20 movies. For more on Sayles and his films, visit the Internet Movie Database.
Richard Price is both a novelist and a screenwriter.
Micheal Ondaatje wrote The English Patient, which won a Booker Prize and was made into an Academy-award-winning film in 1996.
Rigoberta Munchu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. She is a Guatemalan activist for indigenous people. In 1984, she composed her powerful autobiography, I…Rigoberta Menchu.
If you want to know the skinny on Florida, ask Carl Hiaasen.
Allen Ginsberg was the loudest voice of the Beat Generation. His controversial "Howl" is one of the most influential American poems since World War II. A Jewish, Homosexual, Tibetan Buddhist, Son-of-an-Insane-Communist, Ginsberg spent his later years teaching at Brooklyn College before his death in 1997. More info about Allen Ginsberg is available here.
Latin-American Eduardo Galeano is the author of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. Read his interview with The Progressive.
Carlos Fuentes was something of a pilot light for "El Boom," a 1960’s burst of Latin-American literature. His work is best described as "magical realism." Fuentes’ most popular novel is La muerte de Artemio Cruz (The Death of Artemio Cruz), written in 1962. The deepest site on Fuentes is http://carlos-fuentes.tripod.com/
Born in L.A., James Ellroy is a crime novelist. He is the author of 18 books, including L.A. Confidential. Read Ellroy’s interview with Identity Theory.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of several intelligent books and countless articles covering important social issues from poverty to feminism. A wealth of links to her work is available here.