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Faiza Patel: Muslim Americans Are Building an Infrastructure to Protect Themselves

This election season has been an anxious time for Muslim Americans. After the election, my Facebook feed was filled with Muslim mothers wondering how to explain to their children that … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Philip Levine: Salts And Oils

In Havana in 1948 I ate fried dog believing it was Peking duck. Later, in Tampa I bunked with an insane sailor who kept a .38 Smith and Wesson in … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jeff Oaks: Out of fragments, always

When I drive her home one night, a friend whose house I’ve only been to once is amazed that I remember how to get there, and I admit that some … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Trump is attacking my family. And yours.

When I went back to Llano, Texas for my sister’s funeral a dozen years ago, I was surprised that the Baptist church was full of Latinos. But then I realized … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 21 Comments

Doug Anderson: Youth And All That

After Keats My mind was everywhere but seeing. The tree was just another me, the water my fluid state. And others, well, they might as well have been wearing my … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: “Two Went To Sleep” — Leonard Cohen

. In this short animated video based on a 1974 radio interview, Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Two Went to Sleep” and talks about how he came to write the … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Sister Rosetta Tharpe — Didn’t it Rain

. Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays ‘Didn’t It Rain’. Recorded in Manchester, England in 1964. Tharpe (1915-1973) attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Telling My Friend Nancy about the Poet Amy Clampitt

Forgive me, she happened to look & think & sound— rather like you, especially the youthful Amy with beret & pearls in London. Her voice: fervent & eager, rising in … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tashi Nyima: The Five Liars

The aggregate of form, the material body, tells me where I am. The aggregate of feeling tells me how I am. The aggregate of perception tells me what I am. … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings — This Land is your Land

. This Land Is Your Land Words and Music by Woody Guthrie This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island; From … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: We Are All Deplorables

My relatives in Maine are deplorables. I cannot write on their behalf. I can write in their defense. They live in towns and villages that have been ravaged by deindustrialization. … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Gerald Fleming: A Thanksgiving Prayer for America

Lord, let us first ask you to bless this table: for the weight of the feast it must bear. As you know, Lord, we have lately had an election in … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Top 10 best really terrific things about Trump becoming President

  Most of us didn’t vote for him, so we can always claim that he’s not our fault.   Putin and the Russians like him. They really really like him. … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 1 Comment