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Audio: Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel — “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel have fun covering this American classic written by Frank Loesser in 1944. Although a perennial holiday favorite, the song has become controversial in recent years. … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 4 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: First Fig

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! . Edna St. Vincent Millay … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: Trump and the Rapture

This holiday season, when the RNC sent out their most thoughtful Christmas message to the Christian contingency of our country, in which the party encouraged them to celebrate their “new … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Moore: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now About Donald J. Trump

It’s been seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him. So if your head is still spinning from that mindf***, or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Operation Badger Tooth

Once a year, on December 25, a darkness comes up from the earth into my life. On December 24th, nineteen sixty-seven, a battalion landing team comprised of three infantry companies … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Women Wage Peace — “Prayer of the Mothers”

. First Published on Nov 15, 2016. Yael Deckelbaum, Lubna Salame, Daniel Rubin, Miriam Tukan, Rana choir, the Hebrews of Dimona and singers from all sectors and religions of Israeli society. … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Two Videos: Carrie Fisher “Audition for Star Wars” and “Wishful Drinking”

  . Carrie Frances Fisher (1956 – 2016) was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Meet our new Secretary of Defense — General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

In the list of frightening cabinet appointments by President-elect Donald Trump, perhaps the most disturbing is his pick for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Not only would … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Napatree Point

A mile from where I live is a beach where in winter I walk the dog, console myself with the ocean’s beauty and ponder the imponderables, like what to do … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 7 Comments

Christine Rhein: Oh 2016,

how gaunt you’ve grown, but then, it’s no surprise, what with all that vanished weight (Bowie, for starters—   Sound and Vision) and those workouts we put you through, loading … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jayde Tynes: Seven Inspirational Protests of 2016

Needless to say, 2016 has been a tough one for social justice activists around the world. With the rise in xenophobia after Brexit, the presidential election of Trump and the … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Emily Johnston: The Fossil Fuel Industry Needs Our Consent. We Can and Must Refuse to Give It.

On November 9, like a lot of people around the world, I was stunned and devastated. In the days and weeks afterward, I was hit by new waves from that … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: News is the Noise of Civilization

Book reviews are more often than not ways to relegate and marginalize ideas that ought to supplant front-page news. They constitute a point of entry to an issue the recent … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Video: Leonard Cohen — “Hallelujah” sung in English and Hebrew

. Leonard Cohen’s official video for his live performance of Hallelujah. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the videos. . Hallelujah Now, I’ve heard … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 4 Comments