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Video: The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot

Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, George Monbiot offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation.

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Dawn Potter: A Listener Sends Six Letters to God, in Autumn

Last night, while I was at the piano,
my landlady pounded the butt end of a rusty musket
against my chamber door.
To all appearances, she hates my sonata.

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Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses

For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now.

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Wendell Berry: On Love, Freedom and Community

People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their … Continue reading

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Audio: Flannery O’Connor reads “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (rare recording)

Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964). Author of two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries, O’Connor lived most … Continue reading

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Tom Engelhardt: On the Precipice

In an ongoing gesture of self-destruction, humanity has been tapping what might be thought of as Pyromaniacs, Incorporated, to run the world.

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Sandra McPherson: Far Away in Time, the Senses Return to Me as I Identify with That Tree

The way the lightning-split
willow was tugged,
wandy and half still alive,
It refused to uncork.

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Lynn Freehill-Maye, Phillip Pantuso: Return to Nature

Green burials go beyond not polluting or wasting. It’s about people needing and caring for land, conducting life-affirming activities there—including death.

September 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Hinge

We hold her X-ray
up to the light—

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Marc Jampole: Hiding the truth

For decades, the news media have been ignoring research that disproves their cherished myths.

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Ziggy Edwards: Childish Thinking

When you badmouth the world and human beings
I sigh and nod like I’m wise instead of blessed.

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Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

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John Samuel Tieman: Alert

a night in a bunker when we were
kids in fatigues getting high
listening to Hendrix and the cassette stops

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Andrew J. Bacevich: Reflections on “Peace” in Afghanistan

However great my distaste for President Trump, I support his administration’s efforts to extricate the United States from Afghanistan….Prolonging this folly any longer does not serve U.S. interests. Rule number one of statecraft ought to be: when you’re doing something really stupid, stop.

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Hedy Habra: Topography

Sometimes I think my face is a map,
each line a faint record of hidden scars,
of what I’ve seen or felt.

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Paul Christensen: Nutshells

The inside of a nutshell is chambered like the heart, with little ridges and flanges where the nut grew and prepared itself for falling into the waiting earth. That’s what I smell when I hold up a nutshell to my nose. It is the odor of anticipation, the willingness to be sacrificed to the sharp teeth of an animal worrying the shell until it breaks.

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Video: In a Nutshell

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse: Director Fabio Friedli uses 3,000 pictures in a montage that attempts to capture the world in a nutshell.

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