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Jenne’ R. Andrews: Return to Verona (in English and Italian)

…the real gave way to the more-than-real, each moment’s carmine abundance, furl of reddest petals lifted from the stalk and no hint of the black hussar’s hat at the center … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Conservative Mind

1. Believes that it is preserving the old ways, the ways of God and the “Founding Fathers” against encroaching evil. 2. Believes it is entitled to more wealth than others … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why the American Military Is Doomed

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
General Flynn (FP: Foreign Policy) W.J. Astore Is the U.S. military doomed?  I’d say yes.  But it’s not because our troops are uncommitted, our…

January 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Preventing Crohn’s Disease with Diet

Crohn’s disease is a common autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own defenses attack the intestinal walls, creating painful ulcers. Crohn’s is also closely associated with colon cancer. Although no … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: These So Long Days We Spend in the Middle of Things

I always loved the way my mother said the word ‘macapuno,’ which is a kind of coconut that’s sweeter and fleshier than the regular kind. One time after she’d had … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Love/Hate Relationship with College Teaching

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Richard Sahn.  Introduction by William Astore. Being a college professor is supposed to be a grand profession.  Assuming we’re not underpaid adjuncts with neither…

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Six Years in an African Village: An Interview with Jill Kandel

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
A guest post from Lisa Ohlen Harris: I “met” Jill Kandel in 2006 when she submitted a wonderful essay to Relief Journal, where…

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Richard Eskow, Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig: A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt

We propose a Student Debt Jubilee which will forgive all $1.3 trillion in American student loans.  . President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion which … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Company Town

2011 E. B. Leisenring Jr., the scion of a powerful Pennsylvania coal family who led industry negotiators during a long and bitter mine workers’ strike in 1978, ignoring pleas by … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Timothy Karr: Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up

‘In the end, the Internet is simply an effective tool for connecting people. Whether the network becomes a force for good or evil is up to its users.’ In the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Brian Turner reads two poems

Iraq War veteran Brian Turner reads two poems at the 2006 Dodge Poetry Festival.

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: On the Distant Prospect of Three Mile Island

The distant prospect of Three Mile Island from the window of our hotel room this December day reminds me of how underrepresented my people have been in the popular culture … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone: Gaza in Arizona

How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Annotating Books and Other Heresies

I grew up in an austere Protestant ethos in which the annotation of a book was desecration, as sinful as a Catholic mass. We were to cherish books and pass … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 1 Comment