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Audio: Peter Matthiessen performs a story

The author of “The Snow Leopard” and “Shadow Country,” both National Book Award winners, invites us to his house in Sagaponack, on Long Island, serving tea in Blue Willow cups. … Continue reading

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Video: Who was “Le Fartiste?”

In 1900, Thomas Edison traveled to Paris to document the magnificent city, and among the wonders he captured on film was a performance by former Moulin Rouge star, Joseph Pujol. This … Continue reading

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Video: Hillary Clinton’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic Convention

. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton closed out the final night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. .  

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Yehoshua November: Conjoined Twins

My father was a resident in the hospital when my young mother gave birth to them. Two bodies and one heart.   And hearing that the pathologists at that teaching … Continue reading

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Josie Glausiusz: Blood Brothers — Palestinians and Jews share genetic roots

Confronted by the recurring violence sweeping over Israel, it can be easy to overlook the things that Jews and Palestinians share: a deep attachment to the same sliver of contested … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tashi Nyima: Wasted Lives

There is a very instructive story of a great philosopher who boarded a small boat to cross a river. The philosopher asked the boatman: “Do you know the doctrine of … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges and Robert Reich debate “Who should Bernie voters support now?”

In his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to work to ensure his former rival wins the presidential race. In this video, Amy Goodman … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: “The Tuft of Flowers” read by Robert Frost

. The Tuft of Flowers I went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun. The dew was gone that made his … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Why Gardening is Good for Us

Last year, Eva and I hired a contractor to remove the asphalt from our backyard which for years had been used as a woodlot and a basketball court. The soil … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Bob Ziller: Three Poets and a Fool

William Blake . Vanessa German . World Wide Walt Whitman . T. Rump . Keep America Great! — Copyright 2016 Bob Ziller Bob Ziller is an artist, poet, translator, singer, … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Randy Rainbow sings “Ya Got Trump Trouble!”

. Randy Rainbow‘s musical tribute to Trump’s GOP nomination. . [Email subscribers can click on the title of this post to watch the video. Go ahead. You’ll like it.]

July 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Michelle Obama performs Carpool Karaoke to draw attention to a global issue

. Michelle Obama goes for a quick spin with James Corden of The Late Late Show and performs a round of Carpool Karaoke. Obama and Corden start by jamming to Stevie … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Moore: 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

Friends: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Night on Earth and the Labor of Our Efforts at Being Still

We were all there to watch the darkness happen. The trains moved into it, the bums, the losers, the lost and stepped upon watched it rise above their tilted heads. … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

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