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Kathleen O’Toole: Small Comfort — Writing Across Race

A voice on the radio back in 2001 started me down this road—the voice of Sarah Collins, whose sister Addie Mae was one of the four girls killed in the … Continue reading

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Vanessa German: Laughter and Blackness

It is not like i am ashamed of my sorrow. or even ashamed of my rage. i am rage. i am outrage. i am the blues. i am blue. i … Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald: The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech … Continue reading

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Charles Bukowski’s letter to the man who inspired him to quit his soul-sucking day job to become a writer

In 1969, the year before his fiftieth birthday, Charles Bukowski caught the attention of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, who offered Buk a monthly stipend of $100 to quit … Continue reading

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Marc Jampole: The Pope is right to hate cap-and-trade, which is akin to the Church selling indulgences

Yale economist William Nordhaus writes as if he wants to address human-induced global warming—euphemistically called “climate change” even by the most ardent environmentalists—but I think he loves what he calls … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Interview with the Mountain

When I first came to interview the mountain it said the hour was late, that it was too tired, that it doubted it had anything of significance to say, anything … Continue reading

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Video: Building a Cello

This meditative documentary directed by Laura Vidal takes us through the creation of a cello in the Barcelona workshop of master luthier Xavier Vidal i Roca. (To watch with English … Continue reading

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Video: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare? To his audience? And how can we know such a thing as the phonetic character of the language spoken 400 years ago? … Continue reading

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Video: The Power of Empathy — a quick animated clip that can make you a better person

This animated clip features Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, providing some quick insights into the difference between sympathy and … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marilyn Monroe: Men Are Climbing To The Moon But They Don’t Seem Interested In The Beating Human Heart

[ed. note: On February 5th of 1961, a recently divorced, mentally exhausted Marilyn Monroe was taken by her psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris, and committed to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

— Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? How is it related to the United States? Donate to the United Nations Refugee … Continue reading

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Doug Anderson: The Horse’s Watering Trough Spoke to Me

You, too, are full of moss, it said. You, too, are covered with ice all winter and hide your deep water. Get out the brush, brother, the horses are thirsty. … Continue reading

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Marc Jampole: 10 more innocent victims sacrificed to a misreading of the 2nd amendment

As of this writing, the unanswered question is how Chris Harper Mercer obtained the gun he used to kill 10 people at Umpqua Community College. The police easily reconstructed a … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: Autumn

a withered branch a bird looking for some rest an autumn sunset even the stones in the stream seem tired of the old sun — still it’s strange – autumn … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Oppression, Repression, and the American South

Freud’s Hydraulic Jack They say Freud found one of his principal metaphors about neurosis from the newly invented hydraulic jack, in which a chamber is filled with fluid and is … Continue reading

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