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Video: Noam Chomsky discusses Donald Trump

. In this short clip, Noam Chomsky talks about the reasons for Donald Trump’s popularity and the anger among many white voters that the Republican presidential candidate is exploiting. The … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Philosophy of Flowers v. The Speed of Life

It was probably the day before my dad died that I brought in from the car the September 2011 issue of Poetry, in which I found the card he had … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Break-in

for the wives of war veterans there’s no particular way to hold the past in one hand but she knew his medals were in the drawer he never opened she … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, “Chasing Bubba”

Powerhouse raconteur Dhaya Lakshminarayanan recounts the story of how she met Bill Clinton. Original score by Alex Mandel, performed by Alex and the Snap Playaz.  

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gabriel García Márquez: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Translated by Gregory Rabassa On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Audio: Moondog — “Bird’s Lament”

. Louis Thomas Hardin (1916 – 1999), better known as Moondog, was an American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He was blind from the age of … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Sam Hamill: The New York Poem

I sit in the dark, not brooding exactly, not waiting for the dawn that is just beginning, at six-twenty-one, in gray October light behind the trees. I sit, breathing, mind … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Christopher Smart: For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him. For at the first glance of the glory of … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

ACLU: Ending Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons in America

From the American Civil Liberties Union: Nearly two centuries ago, the United States formally abolished the incarceration of people who failed to pay off debts. Yet, recent years have witnessed … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Ace Boggess: Rocketship X-M

Lippert Pictures, 1950 The more I watch, the less my eyes squeeze with anger at what has become redundancy: man wipes out man- (in this case Martian-) -kind with bombs. … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Aviva Chomsky: The Battle for the Soul of American Higher Education

Student Protest, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Rise of the Corporate University During the past academic year, an upsurge of student activism, a movement of millennials, has swept … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Charles W. Brice: Elvis Presley Patch

  Let’s face it there is no hair left on the top of my head. Even if I bought a designer mop, or had a hair transplant and looked like … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Meat Industry Reaction to New Cancer Guidelines

According to the World Health Organization, processed meat, such as bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausage, and lunchmeat, is now classified as a class 1 carcinogen, the highest designation. This finding supports … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: What Rosa Luxemburg teaches us

Chris Hedges gave this talk on revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Left Forum in New York City. On the night of Jan. 15, 1919, … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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