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Video: Edvard Munch and Pink Floyd — The Great Scream in Nature

In this short video, Romanian animator Sebastian Cosor brings together two haunting works from different times and different media: The Scream, by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), and “The Great Gig in the … Continue reading

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Climate of North American cities will shift hundreds of miles in one generation

In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away—or to a new climate unlike any found … Continue reading

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Doug Anderson: Awakened at two thirty by love

The noise of my life is still sleeping,and the self beneath myself enters the room.I say, I hope I’ve not abandoned you,my better brother. He says, no — I’m here all … Continue reading

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Adrie Kusserow: War Metaphysics for a Sudanese Girl

  For Aciek Arok Deng I leave the camp, unable to breathe, . me Freud girl, after her interior, she “Lost Girl,” after my purse, . her face: dark as … Continue reading

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Mohammad Omidvar: How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails?

. Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: A Return to the Garden of Goethe

If your son asks you When was the best day of the Revolution What will you tell him?  Will you say instantly: February 11, 1979? The day you opened the gate of Evin … Continue reading

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Susan Sonde: Romeo to his Juliet (Corrected version)

As nothing shutters a bad like a good, I’ll come to you, fish in water,  dime with a hole drilled through the middle. . Let’s span a time with each … Continue reading

February 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Oh Baby

Two scientists in love invent a time-space machine that becomes a vehicle for their spending eternity together. Music Video for the LCD Soundsystem song “Oh Baby.” With Sissy Spacek and … Continue reading

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Angele Ellis — Next Stop: Xenogenesis

 In memory of Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006)  In the bus bay, stark half-darkness of a ship corridor, propellant smell of diesel. Clayark obliterates Greyhound—blur of fur on … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How Plastics Can Affect Your Love Life

Most of the attention on phthalates, a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in PVC plastics, has been focused on fetal and child health, particularly regarding genital and behavioral development. Recent data have shown, … Continue reading

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Rebecca Gordon: The Uses of a Well-Regulated Militia by an Unregulated President

Where Will the National Guard Be Sent in 2019?  A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard. She’s a world-class athlete, but also a working-class woman from … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Al Maginnes: Journalism 101

A friend stops me in the headache-dim flouresence of the hall that houses our little hive of offices to say she liked a record review I wrote for a website … Continue reading

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Stephen Zunes: ‘More AIPAC Than J Street’ — Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy

Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she’s branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she’s taken some foreign policy positions that should give pause to supporters of human rights and international law.

February 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Mike Schneider: Notes from the Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Blackface is in the news and — should anyone be interested in the details — instructions on “How to Black Up,” complete with recipe for burnt-cork face-paint can be found in Olio, Tyehimba Jess’ book that won the 2017 Pultizer Prize for poetry.

February 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

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