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Chris Wright: The Inspiring Outrage of Norman Finkelstein

Wokeness is what happens when the destruction of the labor movement proceeds so far, and social atomization becomes so all-consuming, that even the “left” adopts an individualistic, moralistic, psychologistic, censorious, self-righteous, performative approach to making social change.

January 30, 2023 · 7 Comments

Laura McCullough: Hero With Only One Face 

He tells me in his diminishing days, death not yet active,
but clearly begun, about his siblings, family shufflings,
foster homes, the orphanage. Who said they would
but then could not, who promised this & forgot that

January 30, 2023 · 3 Comments

Video: Roger Penrose | Why Did Our Universe Begin?

That the universe began seems astonishing. What brought it about? What forces were involved? How did the laws of nature generate the vast expanse of billions of galaxies of billions of stars and planets in the structures that we see today?

January 29, 2023 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Surfaces

We are trapped waiting
Moving behind the windows
The night weeps and heaves

January 29, 2023 · 9 Comments

Michael Simms: The Ruins

the air full
of transparent wings,
the fox crossing
the innocent road
full of weeds

January 28, 2023 · 22 Comments

Video: Unheard

Amidst the depths of despair, a grieving mother finds her voice to challenge the forces of injustice and inspire hope.

January 28, 2023 · Leave a comment

Raphael Falco: How Bob Dylan used the ancient practice of ‘imitatio’ to craft some of the most original songs of his time

Bob Dylan is both a modern voice entirely unique and, at the same time, the product of ancient, time-honored ways of practicing and thinking about creativity.

January 27, 2023 · 5 Comments

Emily Dickinson: The Color of the Grave is Green

The Color of the Grave is Green
The Outer Grave—I mean—
You would not know it from the Field—
Except it own a Stone—

January 27, 2023 · 1 Comment

Sabine Oishi: When the US bombed Switzerland

Although Switzerland was not actively involved in WWII, it suffered a total of seventy bombings by Allied airplanes between 1940 and 1945.

January 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

David Kirby: Broken Promises

I have met them in dark alleys, limping and one-armed;   
I have seen them playing cards under a single light-bulb   
and tried to join in, but they refused me rudely

January 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Ira Chernus: Who Will Speak Up for My Child, the Drag Queen?

How we treat the most marginal and vulnerable among us determines the quality of life for the rest of us…. A good society takes care of the most vulnerable by assuring their safety…

January 25, 2023 · 10 Comments

Kate Daniels: The Poem

Niobe had just lost her son.
To help herself, she read a poem
to those assembled in the funeral home

January 25, 2023 · 9 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Ancient Greece had extreme polarization and civil strife too – how Thucydides can help us understand Jan. 6 and its aftermath

The insights and objectivity of a historian who lived nearly 2,500 years ago can bolster our understanding of the country’s current plight.

January 24, 2023 · 4 Comments

Gary Fincke: Headcheese, Liverwurst, a List of Loaves

Our refrigerator
Opened to liverwurst,
Headcheese, a list of loaves:
Luncheon and Luxury

January 24, 2023 · 7 Comments

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