Larry Bowlden reviews Cory Taylor's new novel about "feeling old when you're not, and acting young when you're not." It's called Me and Mr. Booker, and it's told in the voice of the lead character -- "a strong and mostly lucid voice." More of Larry's reviews can be found here.
Work is supposed to give life meaning, but are not our lives meaningful even when we can't work? In this commentary, Iven Hale draws on her own work and life experience to question the way work happens to us in this capitalist society.
The 23d Cascade Festival of African Films is going on this month at PCC's Cascade Campus, through March 2. P.C. Peri and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken have their annual conversation previewing the festival's films and the Festival's purpose --seeing Africa through African eyes. Admission is free. For more info about attending, visit the Festival's website.
Grocery workers at Fred Meyer are considering whether to go on strike. In this commentary, Old Mole Joe Clement looks at what business-labor unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are, and are not, providing for workers, drawing on a piece by Natasha Moss-Dedrick on the IWW website.
Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Mole, dealing with immigration reform; the meaning of life with and without work; the short-comings of "business-labor unions;" seeing African through African lenses here in Portland; and a new novel about acting, and not acting, one's age.
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