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Ian Boyden: This Kind of a Starlit Night

On August 25, the Tibetan poet and activist Woeser posted a photograph taken at night. In its star-filled sky, the Milky Way seems like a whisper of ancient light as … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Leonard Cohen – Democracy

. A Spadecaller video featuring the visual arts of Matthew Schwartz in accompaniment with Leonard Cohen’s song. . Democracy It’s coming through a hole in the air, From those nights … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: How to Rig an Election / Michael Moore’s Morning After To-do List

  . Michael Moore’s Morning After To-Do List: 1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably. 2. Fire all pundits, predictors, … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Still Dead

I couldn’t recall when I’d last experienced similar symptoms. Churning in my stomach. Elusive rational thought. Inability to string words together coherently. Zombie-like motions. But I knew they felt familiar … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 7 Comments

Nisha Gupta: Election Night 2016

I painted ELECTION NIGHT 2016 to express the fear and grief I experienced watching the election results trickle in Tuesday night, from my position as a woman of color. I seek … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper perform “Weightless”

. Listen to Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper perform “Weightless” — said to be the most relaxing piece of music ever composed. Above is an eight minute clip. But if the … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: “Wolf” read by Stanley Tucci

. A special election-day fable read by Stanley Tucci. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .

November 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Lady Parts Justice — Pussy Trumps Hate

  . Donald Trump has forgotten that women outnumber men. Especially if you’re a tool. This video has been brought to you by #pussytrumpshate and Lady Parts Justice. Email subscribers can click … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: You’re So Vain — The Dangerous Vanity and Narcissism of Donald Trump

. For the first time ever, Carly Simon has allowed her song “You’re So Vain” to be used in a commercial. In a video released on the eve of the … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe read by Christopher Lee

. . “The Raven,” written in 1845, stands today as Poe’s best-known work; he later claimed that he wrote it with “the intention of composing a poem that should suit … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bill Moyers: Experience Rikers Face to Face

  RIKERS Official Trailer (Email subscribers may click on the title of this article to watch the video.) . Over the years I have landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: “Chicago” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

  We honor Tom Hayden, tireless activist, lawmaker, writer, “radical inside the system,” now dead at 76 – both for how long and hard he fought, and the cogent, hopeful … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Beautiful Reactions

. This video is from a website appropriately named Beautiful Chemistry. Professor Yan Liang of the University of Science and Technology of China, along with co-creators Xiangang Tao and Wei … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 1 Comment