Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Michael Simms: Hammer

On East Carson Street, skinny white boys Slump in front of tattoo parlors Scratching their arms. Girls In short skirts take long pulls On cigs, stand in groups Smiling at … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

Rachel Krantz: An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn’t Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That’s Absurd

When I spotted fellow vegan James Cromwell in line for food at an advance screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, I couldn’t help but try to talk to … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

Video: Best Food to Counter the Effects of Air Pollution

. Nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger says that there is a food that offers the best of both worlds, significantly improving our ability to detox carcinogens like diesel fumes and … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teresa O’Connor: Decolonize Your Diet

Love your Mexican food? Traditional indigenous food from Mexico is misunderstood in the U.S.—and is actually among the world’s healthiest. Pre-colonist cuisine was entirely gluten-free, dairy-free, and meat and fish were … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

A.E. Housman: Yonder See the Morning Blink

  Yonder see the morning blink: The sun is up, and up must I, To wash and dress and eat and drink And look at things and talk and think … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Margaret Klein Salamon: The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid

Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis. Last Week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for of New York Magazine, “The Uninhabitable … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Tashi Nyima: Humility

Humility is not thinking less of myself, but rather thinking of myself less. I am neither the best nor the worst —both extremes are manifestations of pride. The frog sings, … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Feeling Not Quite So Hopeless in a World on the Skids

Why the Resistance is fertile, not futile. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Eating Our Way To Disease

Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn—whose documentary “Cowspiracy,” about the environmental impact of the animal agriculture industry, led me to become a vegan—recently released a new film, “What the Health,” which … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Dark Rum & Tonic

Sometimes what you need is a road house, blast of laughter and warm air pouring out the door, where the waitresses know   your name but the customers don’t, shrill … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · 3 Comments