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Paige Curtis: The Unsung Caribbean Roots of the Vegan Food Movement

Decolonizing veganism—overturning its whitewashed history—is a critical act of resistance.

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Video: Soul Of The City

The owners of six small ethnic restaurants in New York City show how they’re coming back with the help of their communities after the Covid shutdown.

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Audio: Gregory Corso reads his poem “Marriage”

Beat generation poet Gregory Corso reads his classic poem “Marriage” from his book, The Happy Birthday of Death, first published in 1960.

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Marianne Moore: Marriage

I wonder what Adam and Eve
think of it by this time,
this firegilt steel
alive with goldenness…

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Abby Zimet: Slipping Free of the Shame To Say His Name, Now More Than Ever

If he’d been allowed to live his “one wild and precious life,” Sunday July 25 would have been the 80th birthday of Emmett Till, who at 14 was kidnapped, whipped, … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Peter Makuck: Two Poems

The beam
catches a raccoon
out on the flats

July 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Forbidden Word

Is America a Failed Empire?

July 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Maybe I Have No Ideas

Eating a turkey sub from the school cafeteria
I suddenly think of the blonde woman
whose marriage is falling apart and the dark
circles under her eyes

July 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Aviva Chomsky: Migration Is Not the Crisis

What Washington Could Really Do in Central America

July 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

George Drew: Positive Space

he taught me how to make a military tuck
of the sheets and blankets; the way a quarter should bounce,
and when it did, the way he’d smile and clap my back. I lived for that.

July 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

Josephine Dickinson: The Water Bearers

we wriggled and followed
the path upstream,
coigned in its armbends, whinsill, lime,
dumped peatblocks,
humped heather, deer grass

July 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tim Radford: Lentils can feed the world – and save wildlife too

Our research shows that there is potential for giving large areas of land back to wildlife. Restoring native ecosystems not only helps the climate; when coupled with reduced livestock populations, restoration reduced disease transmission from wildlife to pigs, chickens and cows, and ultimately to humans.

July 26, 2021 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Pandemic Blues

Everyone around here is sluggish. The young woman who checks my purchases off the conveyor belt dabs her eyes and stifles a yawn. She keeps shaking herself awake as the … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 7 Comments

Video: The unheard story of the Sistine Chapel | Elizabeth Lev

Elizabeth Lev’s experience studying and teaching art has led her to believe that when we encounter something beautiful, we are made vulnerable and opened to the truth.

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

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