One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know.
Strategically situated at the gateway to the Mississippi River yet standing atop a former swamp, New Orleans was from the first what geographer Peirce Lewis called an "impossible but inevitable city". How New Orleans came to be, taking shape between the mutual and often contradictory forces of nature and urban development, is the subject of An Unnatural Metropolis.
Life is absurd, and ultimately beyond our comprehension. In David Atkinson's latest short story collection, Not Quite So Stories, themes of adolescence, marriage, work, and death intersect in stories that will leave the listener at times amused, sorrowful, pensive, hopeful, and marveling at the bizarre things that make people tick.
He was raised in a liberal Jewish home with a strong emphasis on civil rights and social justice. So to Glen Feigman, there was no question that Dr. King's speech would be the catalyst for a brighter future; one in which children would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Now, in the year 2011, Glen is an out gay man living in the city of Chicago. But when he, along with his elderly mother, witnesses one of many violent attacks plaguing his hometown, he begins reflecting on his past and childhood...