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Asadullah Haroon: 13 Years Without Trial at Guantanamo, My Hunger Strike Is All I Have Left

“Give me freedom or give me death.”

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Terry Blackhawk: Chambered Nautilus, with Tinnitus and Linden

Call it a squint of sound,
tone on the edge of not existing at all

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Tamika C.B. Zapolski, Ukamaka M. Oruche: Racism in Healthcare System Is Costing Black Lives

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the U.S, African Americans are contracting the illness—and dying from it—at rates twice as high as the general population.

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Doug Anderson: Illness

there’s nothing
but being lost in the wind

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Rebecca Elson: Antidotes to Fear of Death

Sometimes as an antidote
To fear of death,
I eat the stars.

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Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots

Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

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Elizabeth Svoboda: Extolling the Virtues of the Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle

In “Civilized to Death,” Christopher Ryan argues that our nomadic ancestors were better off than we are today.

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo Music

Australian indigenous music has existed for 40,000 years and is still widely performed.

July 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: John Prine as Tender Poet

“If his songs were allowed to exist in the world—so simply written, so profoundly beautiful —surely there was room for other good, decent things, too.”

July 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Bus

One afternoon at a bus stop in Ruston, Louisiana we picked up a single passenger, a huge man in a dirty plaid shirt, grease-stained khakis, and unlaced boots covered in mud.

July 11, 2020 · 8 Comments

Ari Honarvar: When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

And then someone from another rooftop shouted a verse of Rumi’s poetry into the clear night air.

July 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

James Wright: Trying to Pray

This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
In its dark thorns.

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Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Wynton Marsalis, et al: A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

As writers we need a culture that leaves us room for experimentation, risk taking, and even mistakes. We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences.

July 9, 2020 · 4 Comments

Ed Bieber: All At Once

After weeks of waiting patiently
for the first dandelion to appear,
we opened our door on a shocking
sea of vibrant, yellow, near-stemless
lion’s teeth.

July 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

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