Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

William Grover, Joseph Peschek: Clinton, Sanders and the National Security Credo

Sanders’ surprisingly strong campaign is rooted in his economic populist challenge to neoliberalism and his call for a political revolution… but Sanders must go further. Responses to the November 13 … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Every Evening Is a Train in the Unending Speed of Days

Every evening is a train. The floor is covered with toys, and every minute of the day a moment to imagine how colors begin, how sound arises from solid objects, … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: The Eyes of Hitchcock

— Alfred Hitchcock said, “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Life of the Buddha

Why do what you will regret? Why bring tears upon yourself? Do only what you do not regret, and fill yourself with joy. — Life of the Buddha According to … Continue reading

November 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Ironweed (Complete feature-length film)

Ironweed. Directed by Hector Babanco. Starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O’Keefe, Diane Venora, Tom Waits, Fred Gynne. Written by Tom Bender and William Kennedy. Released in 1987. Running time: 2:23:03. … Continue reading

November 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Household Gods

I am lying on my back inventing my pantheon, not the major Gods and Godesses, but the minor ones that do all the work, while the greater ones sit around … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

The True Story of Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving story you know probably goes like this: English Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they found a rich land full of animals and were greeted … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: The Silent Friends

The abiding bond between people and trees is celebrated in this cinematic ode produced by the Spanish filmmaking company Kauri. The Big Banyan Tree is considered to be one of … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Katie Stuart: A Few More Thoughts About Raising Soldiers

My 23 year old son, Gillen, is in the Air National Guard. He is four years into a six year commitment. A few weekends ago, he came home from “drill” … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Inhuman Monsters: ISIS versus Saudi Arabia

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Peter Van Buren.  Introduction by b. traven. In this article Peter Van Buren ( wemeantwell.com) graphically lays out the physical and philosophical ties between…

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

World Health Organization: Red meat and processed meat cause cancer

Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat October 2015 1. What is considered ‘red meat’? ‘Red meat’ refers to all mammalian muscle meat, including, … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “Another Lifetime” — a spoken word poem by Kaylo

The poet who calls herself Kaylo says this is “a spoken word poem about a bar in Williamsburg, a bluegrass band, and remembering the person I used to be, who … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: At the Afternoon Bus Stop

so i waz downtown at the beautiful bus hour when alla the high school kids and after work mamas are making their way from the hard work n daycare to … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · 1 Comment