Vox Populi

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Drucilla Cornell & George Yancy: James Bond is a Wimp

I conducted this interview with the influential feminist philosopher and ethicist Drucilla Cornell over the past month, as the #MeToo movement has gained force, and debates about feminist responses to … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mike James: The Monk’s Couch

. Frank The Balloon Man Honestly, he hated children. Hated their laughs and the miniature gaps of their smiles. Hated the clutching need of their fingers. He hated the parents. … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marie Berry & Erica Chenoweth: Why training women in nonviolent resistance is critical to movement success

In the year since Trump’s inauguration, we have seen an outpouring of popular mobilization in resistance to his administration’s policies. Crowd estimates suggest that 5.2-9 million people took to the … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: How Does It Feel to Be Loved and All the Other Questions I’ve Ever Wanted to Ask the Armed Cheerleaders of the Corporate State as an Act of Defiance

That night one year ago, after dinner, I was in the dining room talking to my wife Heather when our thirteen-year-old daughter Maggie came in to ask me for help … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Reading Camus

            We live in strange times. The columnists and commentariat have run out of ways to milk horror and agony out of their visions, and … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Molly Fisk: Heading home

ducking under the last heart-shaped yellow birch leaves, past the mottled white bark, stepping lightly off the curb over a stream of this year’s first real rain as it scours … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Wings

Been so long since I’ve been loved, even touched, I told her, with no pity in my voice, just fact, and she reached over and took my hand in both … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · 5 Comments

Kate Daniels: Remembering former poet laureate Philip Levine

Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was down to earth and humble. But he spared no rage towards those he deemed selfish and narcissistic. Across the hall from my … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Robert Gibb

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: How to make 2,000 year-old Roman sourdough bread

. From The British Museum: In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Randall Amster: Young America

Perhaps we will someday look back on this time in a manner similar to how Gandhi saw India a century ago, on the cusp of a mass mobilization aimed at … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lindsey Royce: Portraits from the Juvenile Jail

. LaShawn You’re the watermark who impresses me years later. If you’ve lived, you’d be 33, the age Jesus, forsaken, took the nails. 13 in juvenile jail, Texas, you net … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 8 Comments

Walter Bargen: This Falling Away Age

We are at that age when any moment all words are last words. Some might argue that it could be any age and they are right: Golden (probably not), Enlightenment … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Matika Wilbur: I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

It is important to understand that decolonization is a physical action and that since the creation of the United Nations, more than 80 countries have decolonized; which is to say, … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment