Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman's creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She blogs on literature and politics, is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and has been a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the 2014 winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award for Fiction by an American Woman.

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Friday, October 03, 2008
Drills, Shoots & Lies: The Palin Doctrine
I realize that there are conservative pundits who claim that because Sarah Palin did not faint, barf or say "I'll have to get back to ya!" that she knew what she was talking about. Fact is, she did not.The American public tuned in to get to the bottom of the phenomenon from Alaska and only one thing was abundantly clear from the get go and stayed that way right until the very end: the bottom wasn't that far down. If we'd taken a running leap into that swimming pool, we'd all be dead.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
The Morning After: Race or Gender? Neither.
Gloria Steinem, writing an op ed in the New YorkTimes yesterday, the day after droves of older people turned out to vote for the status quo in New Hampshire, hands her support over to Hillary Clinton. She claims this is because of her qualifications, or the "experience argument" that we've come to know and loathe, not her gender, and that she is not anti-Obama. Why then is her entire piece an argument for why we should vote for this white woman over that black man?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Ahmadinejad v. Bollinger: Words Were Spoken, But What Was Said?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, began his two hours at Columbia University with these words. "In Iran, tradition requires when you invite a person to be a speaker, we actually respect our students enough to allow them to make their own judgment, and don't think it's necessary before the...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
A Guantanamo State of Mind
"Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."- Pastor Martin Niemöller
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Monday, June 26, 2006
Censorship – The American Version
I am an activist with a predilection for supporting progressive causes the world over. From tortured prisoners to under-funded public schools, I'm prepared to walk the walk. So it was with great interest that I read the report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists in The Nation (Sri Lanka) last week. The report, "Ten Most Censored Countries," did a roll call of serious offenses being perpetrated in North Korea, Burma, Turkmenistan, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Eritrea, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Syria, and Belarus.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Ahmadinejad v. Bush : The Village Druid v. The Zygote
On January 20th, 1977, for the first time in history, a newly inaugurated president got out of his limousine and walked to the White House. In 2001, a president appointed by the Supreme Court, speeded his limousine as it was pelted with garbage by American citizens. That is not the only dissimilarity between former President Jimmy Carter and Mr. Bush. Carter spoke the bottom-line of Christianity before it became fashionable to pose for pictures on your knees in a church.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Yes, It Just Got Easier For the Pimp
Oscar night in America is many things to many people. To see and be seen, to be seen "in" (Versace, Prada, John Galliano, Vera Wang etc.), even, sometimes, just to be (Robert Altman with his borrowed heart comes to mind). Among the things we expect from the Oscars is humor -- amply provided by comedian Jon Stewart, a progressive-bias -- ditto, and, of course, the glitterati.
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