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Like Many Marvel Characters, Stan Lee Was A Flawed Hero

By Christopher Murray/The Conversation

Stan Lee was the voice of my childhood. As I sat transfixed by Spider-Man cartoons on Saturday mornings, his energetic narration welcomed me into the story; made me feel part of the gang. Never mind that the animation wasn't up to much; it looked like a comic, had a great theme tune, and Stan "The Man" Lee, my buddy, was giving it his personal seal of approval.

Famously, Lee originally honed this warm persona in print. The words "Stan Lee Presents" in the Marvel comics I was also feverishly devouring - black and white British reprints of the American originals - were a guarantee of quality. When he signed off a letters page or editorial with his trademark "Excelsior!" I never failed to smile. I was, and remain in many respects, a "True Believer," as Lee called all dedicated Marvel readers. As we shall see, however, the man's performance masked some uncomfortable truths.

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Posted on November 14, 2018

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Like Many Marvel Characters, Stan Lee Was A Flawed Hero

By Christopher Murray/The Conversation
Some uncomfortable truths.

Posted on November 14, 2018

Crusade Against Slavery

By SIU Press
Edward Coles was a wealthy heir to a central Virginia plantation, an ardent emancipator, the second governor of Illinois, the loyal personal secretary to President James Madison, and a close antislavery associate of Thomas Jefferson. Yet never before has a full-length book detailed his remarkable life story and his role in the struggle to free all slaves.

Posted on November 7, 2018

View From True North

By SIU Press
These feverish lyric poems find a sharp beauty in their grieving, where Rolling Stone covers and hidden erotic photographs turn into talismans of regret and empathy.

Posted on November 1, 2018

How America's Tax Laws Encourage Inequality

By Anthony C. Infanti/The Conversation
Instead of reflecting a society constantly striving to better itself, U.S. tax laws are mired in the past as they reinforce the social and economic marginalization of women, racial and ethnic minorities, the poor, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants and people with disabilities.

Posted on October 26, 2018

Nostalgia For A World Where We Can Live

By SIU Press
Poems of resilience and intimacy in uncertain times.

Posted on October 24, 2018

Frederick Douglass: Prophet Of Freedom

By Simon & Schuster
There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century.

Posted on October 22, 2018

Storytelling | Dia De Los Muertos

By Story Club South Side
We will be creating an altar de ofrenda at the show, and our audience is invited to participate by bringing a photo or memento of someone who has passed on. We'll have art supplies on hand, as well, for those who'd like to make a tribute on the spot.

Posted on October 18, 2018

Chicago Book Haul: The Dial

By Jaclyn/Six Minutes For Me
"The Dial's final and best known incarnation (1920-1929) was as a modernist literary magazine which published many influential writers, including T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, William Carlos Williams and E.E. Cummings."

Posted on October 15, 2018

Conway Barbour And The Challenges Of The Black Middle Class In 19th-Century America

By SIU Press
Despite an unconventional life, Barbour found in each place he lived that he was one of many free black people who fought to better themselves alongside their white countrymen.

Posted on October 12, 2018

Political Books Red Hot

By Barnes & Noble
Bob Woodward's Fear was the fastest-selling title for the company in over three years, with our stores selling more than a book every second on the first day.

Posted on October 11, 2018

How To Save A Constitutional Democracy With A Tainted Judiciary

By Aziz Huq and Tom Ginsburg/Take Care
Simply put, his fate is now hitched to the electoral fortunes of the Republican Party. His freedom from a substantial risk of impeachment now rests on the preservation of Republican control of key national institutions.

Posted on October 9, 2018

How Torture Tears Apart Societies From Within

By Lotte Buch Segal/The Conversation
A profound tear in the fabric that makes us human.

Posted on October 4, 2018

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