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Dr. Carol Paris: It’s Time for the Adults in This Nation To Talk Seriously About Medicare for All

With Trumpcare defeated, we can breathe a quick sigh of relief. But we cannot celebrate a return to the failed status quo. Hundreds of people slept overnight in cars, or … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Charm

During the reception, while the bride and groom were smiling till their faces ached, wishing it were over, and the parents were alternately weeping and jockeying for position in the … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Elizabeth Bishop reads “The Fish” (text included)

. Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979) was an American poet and short-story writer who was born in Massachusetts, raised in Nova Scotia, and lived for many years in Brazil with … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads “Pity the Nation” (text included)

. Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti (born 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Leonard Steinhorn: Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s

Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Caravan Palace performs “Rock It For Me”

. Caravan Palace is a French electro swing band based in Paris. The band’s influences include Django Reinhardt, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk. Zoé Colotis – vocals Arnaud Vial … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Helen Keller: Letter To Nazi Students Before They Burn Her Book (1933)

To the student body of Germany: History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kristofer Collins: Almond Way

for Scott Silsbe   We made heroic work of a few six packs while warm breezes skirted through the screen door and pushed salt crystals and breakfast crumbs around your … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Olivia Ward: Parody Sweeps Washington — Many Infected

“It’s a troubling feature of the virus that the victims don’t realize how sick they are,” the official added. “Unfortunately, many are beyond help.” A senior official of the Centers … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: Epic Men

In the eighth grade, he must have pegged me as the one to watch, he cornered me on the way out of class to find out what I’d gotten on … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joe Sexton: Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

Last Wednesday, July 19, was something of a busy news day. There was word North Korea was making preparations for yet another provocative missile test. The Supreme Court, in its … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Margaret Walker: Sorrow Home

My roots are deep in southern life; deeper than John Brown or Nat Turner or Robert Lee. I was sired and weaned in a tropic world. The palm tree and … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Summer You Learned to Swim

for Lea The summer you learned to swim was the summer I learned to be at peace with myself. In May you were afraid to put your face in the … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 8 Comments

W.J. Astore: The Bankruptcy of the Democratic Party

Why did Donald Trump win the presidency?  A big reason is that he was willing to take unpopular stances.  He criticized the Afghan and Iraq wars in the strongest terms. … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 1 Comment