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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

George Yancy: Dear White America

In 2015, I conducted a series of 19 interviews with philosophers and public intellectuals on the issue of race. My aim was to engage, in this very public space, with … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Erich Fromm: On Learning the Art of Loving

The first step to take is to become aware that love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Roasted Potatoes Mon Amour

There are hundreds of varieties of potatoes, and nutritionally they vary widely. In order to get the maximum health benefits of this beautiful tuber, select the most colorful with the … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: What are the Healthiest Foods?

Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which foods best supply nutrients while avoiding disease-promoting components?

December 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Isis – A Cup We Have Filled With Hatred

The claim to be a civilized society, the claim to be rational, advanced, even superior, is utterly bankrupt of any truth if, at those very moments when civility and rationality … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Feeding the Disease of Terrorism

I’m a retired U.S. military officer. When I think of U.S. troops, naturally I see them as my gals and guys. I identify with them. And I know enough of … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Poetry, Gossip, and War (from a notebook)

James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces continues to sell and make money for his agent and publisher, who’ve disowned him. Initially he tried to sell the book as fiction but … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Marc Jampole: Thinking of Iran-Contra and other Presidential Crises

The trend in presidential crises suggests some ugly truths about American politics and government. Reading Malcolm Byrnes’ book Iran-Contra reminds me that since the 1970s the United States has endured a … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

Jose Padua: The Slow Glittering of Far-Flung Diamonds

I almost bought a $98 chicken this morning. I know the first question some friends will ask is why I’m still eating meat, especially when it’s probably coming from the … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

Audio: “Moon Dancer” by Cherokee flute player Mark Hicks

There are many stories about how different Native American peoples invented the flute. In one tale, woodpeckers pecked holes in hollow branches while searching for termites; when the wind blew … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

George Monbiot: Rewilding, hillwalking, and the extraordinary history of the British islands.

George Monbiot, interviewed by Dan Bailey for UKHillwalking.com, 11th December 2015 What would a natural upland habitat have looked like in Britain before humans started having the dominant influence? This … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

Video: Rita Hayworth is Stayin’ Alive

This video mash-up by the German auteur known as “et7waage1” brings together a collection of clips featuring Rita Hayworth dancing to “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees…. I know, I know… … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

Chris Hedges: The Creeping Villainy of American Politics

The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech as a legitimate form of political discourse signal the … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: For Thine Is The Kingdom

after a confession and The Stations Of The Cross after the Mass and the benediction after the deli for breakfast and the Sunday stroll home after these two make love … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

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