Vox Populi

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Walt Whitman: Voices

Through me many long dumb voices, Voices of the interminable generations of prisoners and slaves, Voices of the diseas’d and despairing and of thieves and dwarfs, Voices of cycles of … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Why I support Bernie Sanders for President

America is in crisis. We have 662 overseas bases in 150 foreign countries, we are engaged in military attacks on another 135 countries, and yet we feel less safe than ever before. … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Blooms — Strobe-animated Sculptures

John Edmark is an inventor, designer and artist who teaches at Stanford University. One of his creations is a series of 3D-printed sculptures designed with proportions corresponding to the Fibonacci … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

Video: The Metamorphosis – A Study — Nabokov on Kafka (1989) Christopher Plummer

Produced by WQED in Pittsburgh, this half-hour video features Christopher Plummer in the role of Vladimir Nabokov teaching at Cornell University. Plummer briefly introduces the video and assumes the Russian novelist’s … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 4 Comments

Video: “Lose Yourself to Dance” — Burning Man 2013

Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment … Continue reading

February 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Branded Dreams — The Future of Advertising

Ton Meijdam, Thom Snels and Béla Zsigmond (aka Studio Smack in the Netherlands) say of this video: “We see ads everyday and everywhere. While some people try to avoid seeing … Continue reading

February 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A First Draft

a cloudburst but not a cloud – you always wonder about the sources of your words – which came first – I you we When you look up from your … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Poll: One in Five Trump Supporters Opposed to Emancipation Proclamation

A new poll sponsored by The Economist and conducted by YouGov has found that nearly one in five supporters of Donald Trump don’t approve of the freeing of slaves in the … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Police gun down Mario Woods

Here is a video of the San Francisco police gunning down Mario Woods as he walks away from them. The incident happened on December 2, 2015. Police claim that Woods … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Turning American Communities Into War Zones, Death By Death

When It Comes to People of Color, the Police Make San Francisco “Baghdad by the Bay” In the photo, five of Beyoncé’s leather-clad, black-bereted dancers raise their fists in a … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Rustic Red Cabbage and Potato Soup

At the end of the week, I like to make soup out of the last of the vegetables. This week the soup turned out especially tasty, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · 4 Comments

Video: How to Reduce the Risk of Sudden Death

Sudden Cardiac Death occurs half a million times a year in America. Many people die of their first heart attack without ever knowing that they had heart disease. However, diet … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alfred W. McCoy: How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

America’s Opium War in Afghanistan After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jane Adair: Coda to a Marriage

This room with its complaining floorboards, rushing spigots, soft latch of doors, the blackness of dawn before dawn with its sharps and flats, a discordant jay’s first recitative of the … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 12 Comments