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Leslie McGrath: Her Dementia

I walk the earth I have forgotten. I speak a language lost to me. This wind is cello, this woman cotton. I walk the earth and have forgotten   which … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: How many Fergusons is it going to take?

I am from St. Louis. To be specific, I am from an inner ring suburb, University City. As I write, my community is embroiled in its fourth night of demonstrations … Continue reading

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Michael T. Klare: Beyond Harvey and Irma

Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were … Continue reading

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Judith A. Brice: Collage

After the hurricane, the deluge of drops and days, we wondered if it might happen again, if the cerise and ocher blue would collage the sky taupe/black, could crack and … Continue reading

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Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: What Are We Supposed To Do On This Earth

After not speaking for days and days the voice comes out a brilliant little square to remind you of the geometry of sound And you go no louder no matter … Continue reading

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Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of … Continue reading

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Paul Christensen: The Fall Weather

The first chill of autumn is threading its way through the trees, like a brown yarn among the dense green flags. It’s exhilarating. I’m happy. I don’t care how many … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Story of Zero

. This short animated video produced by the Royal Institution of Great Britain illustrates the history of the mathematical concept of zero. Today, zero signifies an absence of value as … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Robert Frost reads “After Apple Picking” (text of poem included)

. After Apple Picking My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there may be two … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Clio Cresswell — Mathematics and Sex

. Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to … Continue reading

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Molly Fisk: The View from Here

It’s been a while since I’ve had occasion to see the human form, male version, naked, from behind. Luckily, this circumstance was remedied over the weekend, when I went to … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: What are the best foods to improve sexual function?

. Dr. Michael Greger explains how selecting foods to improve pelvic blood flow and decrease inflammation both long-term and immediately after a meal may improve sexual functioning in men and … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Christian Parenti: What Will Happen If We Fail to Address the Climate Crisis

The effects of climate change are already upon us. Here’s what the 2020s and 2030s will look like if we fail to change things. The climate crisis is often imagined … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Patricia Youngblood: Liminal

Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge Wells, Maine  2016   The tidal marsh takes its own time and space to mediate between land and water, offers not boundaries but margins, pliant and … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

James E. Hawdon: Over the years, Americans have become increasingly exposed to extremism

Extremism has always been with us, but the internet has allowed ideas that advocate hate and violence to reach more and more people. Whether it’s the deadly “Unite the Right” … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment