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Karen J. Greenberg: Accountability in Trump’s America

All told, the U.S. president has been a perfect model in deflecting all responsibility, even as the death toll soared over 150,000 with more than four million cases reported nationwide and no end in sight.

August 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Peter Schireson: Kindling

even years later,
I still feel
nothing

August 4, 2020 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Chamber of Commerce says it’s woke

Given how many African Americans die because of polluted air, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is no ally. It is just another cop standing to the side as Black folks are being asphyxiated to death.

August 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: There was a Room in Antwerp

There was a room in Antwerp I loved so much
I never filled it with books, a bed, or a table.
It was alive with its own clarity

August 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

Charles Davidson: Hitler’s Visage in Trump’s Shadow

Trump is the sociopathic bully who having been bullied in childhood by a sociopathic father now bullies his way across America, taking his cues from “strongmen” like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Hitler who bullied his way across the Rhineland and Europe.

August 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be…

August 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: Demands for Kushner to Resign Over Staggering Level of Depravity That Put Politics Before Public Health

Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus.

August 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Confused Prayer

Faith is a tattered blanket in this age
of fear: a drape of old skin, soul’s girth
swelling with sugar-song, a late-stage
hymn soldering heaven to earth

August 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Barack Obama’s Powerful Eulogy for John Lewis

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of Rep. John Lewis highlighted the existential threat to democracy represented by the Republican Party as he called for expansion of voting rights.

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Parisian Dream” by Charles Baudelaire

And, proud of what my art had done,
I viewed my painting, knew the great
Intoxicating monotone
Of marble, water, steel and slate.

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Moron, Fascist, COVID, Doomed, Help

“It sort of is curious, a man works for us, and yet they’re highly thought of, and nobody likes me,” Trump said. “It can only be my personality.” Yes. Yes, it is

July 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: My mind is weighted toward sorrow

My mind is weighted toward sorrow
and I feel unbalanced when I walk.
There are old rooms there, certainly,
that I’ve now abandoned, with their coffee spills
and unmade beds…

July 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Kevin A. Young: History Shows That Sustained Disruptive Protests Work

Electoral campaigns require a majority of voters. Non-electoral strategies do not.

July 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Lost, Departed, Late

In the Serengeti four elephants rest without heads,
bodies rising like boulders from the plain…

July 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

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