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The Latest Republican Effort to Keep People of Color Out of the Polls


Greg Palast spent six months investigating Crosscheck

Twenty-eight states are participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program this election season, a program supposedly designed to comb through voter lists and prevent fraud. Seems pretty benign, right? There’s no way Crosscheck, launched by Kansas Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, could be insidious and racist, is there?

Voters’ rights gumshoe Greg Palast investigates in Rolling Stone. His findings? It looks like Jim Crow all over again.

You can also watch an interview with Greg on Democracy Now! here.

And check out Greg’s new book, available in October 4, 2016, here.

Still not satisfied? Greg’s film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, is now screening in select theaters. Check out the schedule here.


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Remembrance of James A. Mitchell

Jim Mitchell, who died last Saturday of an apparent heart attack, really connected with people, and as his publisher and friend I was graced by his great ability to express goodwill through friendship on many occasions, and in many different ways. The proposal for the book he wrote for Seven Stories, The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, arrived in the mail unagented and was read by an intern who became so enamored of the project and of Jim’s writing that she fought hard for it and won over the entire editorial department at Seven Stories. We were all kind of taken aback at first that an unsolicited proposal had been acquired, except for Jim himself, who wasn’t surprised at all.

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James A. Mitchell

As Jim’s editor, I asked a lot of him and the finished manuscript when it came in then went through four or five substantial re-writes.

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In Memory of Our Friend Don Farber


Don Farber’s bow tie intimidated me the first time I met him, probably in the late ’80s or early ’90s. Once I got past the bow tie I discovered a great human being, possibly one of the single greatest human beings to grace this earth. He wrote one of the essential textbooks on media law and intellectual property, and yet when negotiating for his most important client Kurt Vonnegut or any other client, he never went by the book, always guided by the sure North Star of his heart. Which is why so many of the seeds he planted or tended grew into strong trees and bore fruit, including our own Seven Stories. He believed in people and in art—in that order. People first. At his 90th birthday a few years back he told many jokes, mostly about himself and his own eccentric behavior. The implicit and I’m sure unintended message was that eccentric behavior will work out beautifully when it starts from the right place.

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