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‘His Day is Done’: Dr. Maya Angelou writes moving poem in honor of Nelson Mandela

Angelou’s poem, His Day is Done, is circulated in 15 languages as a tribute to Mandela ‘on behalf of the American people’ The American writer Maya Angelou has written and recited a poem in honour of Nelson Mandela, whom she met in the 1960s when she lived in Cairo. In…

Banned Books Week: A glimpse into the wingnut mind

Thanks to Cynthia Samuels for reminding me that it’s Banned Books Week. It’s a noteworthy year for this issue, because we’ve got a book banning supporter running for Vice President. It’s interesting, because the whole incident—Palin fired a librarian because she wouldn’t take certain books off the shelf, but the…